I’m excited to announce that all of the soundscapes, remixes and films have now been uploaded, so have a listen and look at the University of Manchester’s cultural wonders in new ways.
The In The Mix Hack Weekend brought together computer programmers, composers and museum staff together to explore the potential of the soundscapes, remix and Manchester Museum data sets to animate collections and exhibitions and visitor experiences in museums and galleries. This ranged from creating laser cut rumble strips of sound waves (from soundscapes) to site-specific sound installations around museums that would give insight into what sounds might be behind the scenes and beyond the physical public space of the gallery or museum. There are more photos in the In The Mix Hack Day Flickr Set
Are you In The Mix?
Are you a sound hacker, audio producer, or developer who’s keen to play with Manchester’s richest auditory dataset? Will your hack win one of our exclusive prizes?
Manchester has some fantastic museums and galleries; from Manchester Museum to the Whitworth Gallery – but also including the iconic Jodrell Bank and John Rylands Library. The collections are not just about storing historical artefacts; did you know Delia Derbyshire’s archive is part of the University of Manchester’s collection?
What is In The Mix Hack Weekend?
In The Mix is a project exploring the auditory layers of Manchester’s galleries – from the content of the collections to the auditory experiences around them, and the intrinsic sounds of items and the spaces themselves. What can we do with these materials when we tie them together with modern technologies and platforms? Can we use this rich mix of materials to create new soundscapes, new ways of experiencing the museums, new ways of visiting and understanding culture through sound?
What are we using?
Come along to the In The Mix weekend. We’ll be hacking on a number of tools
RjDj and the RJC1000
Processing and PD
AudioLibJS and Web Audio APIs
Though, of course, you’re welcome to bring your own.
On Friday night from 7pm we’ll be hosting a social, introducing participants to each other through the medium of liquids and finding partners who may want to work with each other, as well as looking at what the museum has to offer and some interesting work in this space.
We’ll be running tutorial sessions and workshops with some of these toolkits on Saturday morning from 10, and we’ll have mini unconference happening throughout the rest of the day if you’re looking to pick up skills and ideas from other people. On Sunday is a chance to finish off your hacks to submit for the awards, which will be awarded by popular vote on Sunday afternoon.
If you are interested, sign up here for your free ticket.
Just to let you know that the In The Mix Hack Weekend has been rescheduled for the beginning of June- more info coming soon.
I’m working with MadLab and a colleague at Manchester Museum, Steve Devine (New Media Officer) to organise ‘In The Mix Hack Weekender’ which will be happening Friday 17-Sunday 19 May! If you are a sound hacker, audio producer, or developer who’s keen to play with Manchester’s richest auditory dataset, then come down! Click here for more information about the event. To book onto this free event, then click here.
In the Mix was featured in this month’s UniLife (The University of Manchester’s monthly magazine) as part of a series of features profiling ‘Investing In Success’ projects. Investing in Success is £1 million initiative to boost staff development at University of Manchester. Read the feature here:
Listen to the soundscapes that Huw has created for Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Museum and John Rylands Library on Soundcloud!