Archive for July 2012

Antescofo’s listening machine

July 31, 2012

Antescofo is a musical tool that allows interaction between machine and musicians. To achieve this, Antescofo uses sounds captured by microphones from an instrument or musician. Antescofo then “listens” and responds.
To listen to the musician, Antescofo uses the pure audio signal in real time. Antescofo can also use a MIDI source. Antescofo listen to the musician despite the complexity of his environment (polyphony, noise, errors of the musician, etc..). Antescofo captures the parameters that are important to “qualify” the interpretation. It performs like a reader recognizing the meaning of a sentence by looking at a text (the text contains symbols like MIDI program does), or like someone recognizing the meaning of a spoken sentence. Antescofo achieves this with a response time below the level perceptible to humans (less than 20 milliseconds).
After listening, just like a human being, Antescofo process what he could capture. Antescofo reacts to the result of its listening by taking actions. These actions are defined by the music composer, not through a music score, but through a computer program that can do everything a computer can.

Arshia Cont, Ircam, source France culture, July 2012

4 billion tourists

July 31, 2012

4 billion people worldwide are entitled to paid leave. The World Tourism Organization estimates that the symbolic billion international tourists is expected to be reached in 2012. We are far from the 25 million tourists counted in the world in 1950. source France Culture, july 2012

Summer artistic entertainment in Nantes, Fr?

July 26, 2012

Today, Jean Blaise, the promoter of ‘Estuaire’ exhibition and cultural happening ‘Voyage à #Nantes’, France (8 million euros of private and public funds), defends his cause on a french public radio in front of contemporary art gallery owners of the city. For the latter, ‘Estuaire’ is entertainment, not contemporary #art that involves a critical approach of the artist.

.bzh is coming soon

July 25, 2012

Alsace, Brittany, Aquitaine, Corsica and Paris are among the 1,930 cases filed in the ICANN process to obtain an internet generic extension. Brittany invoke reasons of identity. source Technicites, july 2012.
price of the ticket 150 K euros.

Escales unwired

July 23, 2012

A month ago, the 410 villagers from Escales, Aude, South of France, lost their ADSL Internet connection. the operator does not respond to their complaints and its director responsible for relations with the municipalities is only reachable by mail. as to make matters worse, the village is not covered by the mobile network. Source: Technicités, juillet 2012

Opera de Paris, backstage

July 23, 2012

Opera de Paris, backstage

Opera de Paris, backstage

PGD + genetic screening + IVF = designer baby

July 19, 2012

PGD has the potential to screen for genetic issues unrelated with medical necessity, such as intelligence and beauty, and against negative traits such as disabilities. The prospect of a ‘designer baby’ is closely related to PGD techniques, creating a fear that increasing frequency of genetic screening will move toward a modern eugenics movement. A ‘designer baby’ is a baby whose genetic makeup has been artificially selected by genetic engineering combined with in vitro fertilisation to ensure the presence or absence of particular genes or characteristics.
Source: Wikipedia