> Happy New Year.
Thanks - same to you!
> Ben Edwards, who is sysadmin at the Trinity Centre in Bristol
> [ http://3ca.org.uk/home ] is interested in hosting a UK libre multimedia
> conference this year.
Bristol is not a bad location, as it goes - better than the Isle of
Wight, which I had thought about. It would be more difficult/expensive
for most people to get to, wheras Bristol is quite accessible.
> He reckons the Trinity Centre could be made available
> for little or nothing and is after an idea of suitable dates. Obviously we
> don't want to clash with the ZKM LAD conf or any of the London Linux Expo
> type stuff
April has both the Sounds Expo and the ZKM conference - probably too
early as well. There is only one Linux Expo this year and it is in
October. A good resource for planning events is
If you want to attract students and other young people, it might be a
good idea to hold it over the summer holiday period, as long as it
doesn't clash with any of the festivals.
> I'd really value your thoughts on the matter
It might be a good idea to bill it as a user-focused event with some
acessible talks from developers. The ZKM conference is primarily a
developer event and there isn't much point in duplicating that, even if
it is in a different country.
I'd have the main sessions over a weekend so that people with jobs they
can't get away from will be able to attend at least some of the
sessions. There should also be a jam session/DJ'ing/VJ'ing event.
> We have a mailing list here :
> that Ben has set up for group mailings.
Right, I'll join that today. Are you aiming to get sponsorship for this
INVITATION TO TENDER
[Audio artist/producer/composer in residence at Access Space, April
Deadline for applications: 4th Feb 2005
Decision made and applicants informed mid Feb 2005.
Fee: £3500 sterling (approx 5000 Euros @ 6th Jan 2005)
Access Space, Sheffield's lowtech digital arts organisation, is
currently calling for applications for a month-long, audio residency.
Access Space is a free media lab in Sheffield's Cultural Industries
Quarter, offering open access to people with a range of knowledge and
experience of technology. We are looking for an artist to develop
their project using the recycled/reclaimed "redundant" technology and
open-source software available in Access Space.
The aims of the residency are:
1] To offer an artist/producer/composer the chance to develop ideas
using only open-source software (on the Linux operating system) in a
2] To offer the users of Access Space an introduction to the creative
process of making new work.
3] To produce a finished piece of work (see below for further
The OSAudio residency will take place in April 2005 (exact times/dates
to be agreed). The successful applicant will get the opportunity to
work for one month (or 20-day equivalent) in Access Space's open
environment, with a degree of technical support and advice available
from Access Space staff. As part of the residency, the artist will
run 2 workshop sessions relating to the work involved in their
residency, and an informal presentation for Access Space participants
and members of the public. The resident will also document their
residency in the form of an online diary.
Available software includes the Planet CCRMA software, with PD,
Rosegarden, Ardour, Jack, Audacity, Supercollider Server etc etc.
Applicants should consider that part of Access Space's ethos is to
only use recycled/donated hardware. Therefore, the available hardware
is a P3 800Mhz machine with Sound Blaster sound card. The majority of
the work-time will be monitored using headphones, due to Access Space
being a publicly accessible project.
We hope to encourage a broad range of applications covering all types
of audio production, be they electronica, sound art, or more
traditional recording practices using open-source software. Proposals
can be to produce one or more specific audio works, or for
development of patches, code or software. However, the resident
should aim to have a completed product within the duration of the
residency. The finished work will then be available for download from
A fee of £3,500 will be offered to the successful applicant, subject
to the successful completion of the residency. A small contribution
towards travel and accommodation expenses may be available where
How to submit your proposal:
Please email or post us a proposal, of not more than 2 sides of A4
plus your CV, including details of your experience of working with
open-source music software, your reason for applying, the starting
point/s for your project and how you would approach the commission.
Access Space welcomes applications from all sectors of the community
irrespective of age, disability, race, religion, gender or sexual
Please address the following points in your application:
1 - what form the finished work would take.
2 - how you propose to engage with the participants at Access Space.
3 - how much technical support would you need.
4 - how feasible is your project in the time available.
5 - what makes using open-source software particularly appropriate for
For more information, questions regarding hard/software, or to mail
1a Sidney Street
Access Space is UK registered charity no: 1103837
Access Space gratefully acknowledges financial support from the PRS
Foundation, Arts Council England (Yorkshire), and Digital South
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but must include a credit to the effect of Drum
samples from "Mirror Image Drum Sample Library
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time to think about or research the licensing issues.
I'm not sure if restricting modification of the
library would prevent it from being included in Debian
distributions. Any thoughts on that? I appreciate all
help and advice.
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There exists a rapidly growing market of digital home audio devices. That is a
huge market and it makes sense to help Linux to grow there.
While the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum to some extent includes audio devices
it has somewhat different objectives.
I therefore would like to suggest to add "home audio" to the scope of
The Sounds Expo trade show takes place in London on the 14-16 April; that's
Thursday to Saturday, one weekend before the Linux Audio Conference in
The organisers have agreed to the same deal we had last year, which is for us
to provide an information stand in return for getting the stand space at
cost. This is not cheap, but it's over a 75% discount on what commercial
stands have to pay. We'll probably also have to order extra electrical supply
for the stand, which is also quite expensive. Nevertheless, it's a great
opportunity to put libre audio software directly in front of the target
audience of musicians, producers and sound engineers.
Sponsorship opportunities will be available to help cover the costs of the
event. If you have any ideas for sponsorship, please let me know.