urban music boxes & troubadours
site specific events

The Concept

Most classical music events take place in concert halls or venues designed for this purpose. These venues as symbolic representations of high culture can at times be intimidating to certain demographics. The overlying concept here is to target groups that are usually underrepresented or not represented at all in New Music events. The targeted group is immigrants living in underprivileged areas of urban Nicosia. The philosophy of the project is: since this particular group does not come to the concert hall (for reasons that will be researched in the context of this action), we will take a concert experience directly to them, in neighborhoods and shops of areas facing social alienation. By installing ten custom-made tablet stations in different locations in Cyprus we will give the chance for everyone to experiment and engage with interactive and intuitive new technology (UPISketch), which has the potential in creating further interest in New Music. The project will involve exhibitions and 3-day workshops which will be given by the Centre Iannis Xenakis and DMU.

The Music Boxes

In terms of the “Music Boxes”, there are ten custom-made tablet station installed at

1. Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation
2. Cyprus Museum
3. Rialto Theater
4. Pancyprian Gymnasium Museums
5. European University Cyprus

More “Music Boxes” coming up in:

1.Thalassa Museum
2.Technopolis 20
3.Novia Mavromoustaki School of Music
4.Cyprus Wine Museum
5.Larnaca Municipal Art Gallery

The “Troubadours”

Interactive concerts will take place in public spaces, breaking the performer / audience barrier. Interactive concerts will take place in public spaces, breaking the performer/ audience barrier.

The artist Peter Sheppard Skaerved was in Cyprus in July 2018 researching various places for public interventions. He played in various public spaces like malls, museums and coffee shops. In July a public music intervention was also made by Kristine Dizon in form of a clarinet recital in a central square.

See the photos and videos below

03/07/2018, Kristine Dizon
clarinet intervention
Chrysallniotissa Crafts Centre Square

10/07/2018, Peter Sheppard Skaerved
Mall of Engomi,
Cyprus Museum,
House of Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios Museum

11/07/2018, Peter Sheppard Skaerved
Medieval Castle of Larnaka, Limassol Castle
Kolossi Castle and
Curium Ancient Theater

UPISketch

The ten custom- made tablet station use to the extent an open hardware and software, which is designed by faculty and students from the University. The software includes a new version of UPIC for mobile devices and a software from DMU which acts as modern interactive music box.
-->Click here to download the application.

Software Development

You can track the steps of the development of the UPISketch software here:

First Milestone | 30 June 2017

Graphic User Interface | 24 July 2017

Zooming and Playhead | 20 September 2017

Mooving Sounds Around 24 October2017

A series of short tutorial videos demonstrating the basic functionality of the application can be found here and in the gallery at the bottom of the page:

Video Tutorials | 20 June 2018

UPISketch Demo | 2 July 2018

 

Workshops

In parallel with the “Urban Music Boxes” activity, three different workshops were organized in collaboration with the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, with Centre Iannis Xenakis and the De Montfort University in April 2018:

Music Workshops: "Making Music with Sounds" & "DIY electronics" 23-24 April 2018

Music Workshops "Let's draw music!" | 25-27 April 2018

In Aria – An improvisation project for theremin and electronics with percussionist CLAUDIO BETTINELLI 7 October 2018

see photos below

from June 2017
organised by:
European University Cyprus
http://www.euc.ac.cy

2017 07 24 FirstExperimentsWithGUI

2017 07 24 FirstExperimentsWithGUI

Tutorial 1

Tutorial 1

Tutorial 2

Tutorial 2

Tutorial 3

Tutorial 3

Tutorial 4

Tutorial 4

2017 10 24 MovingSoundsAround

2017 10 24 MovingSoundsAround

2017 06 30 ValueTreeXMLiOSTest

2017 06 30 ValueTreeXMLiOSTest

2017-09-20-Zooming&Playhead

2017-09-20-Zooming&Playhead

UPISketch Demo

UPISketch Demo

1st UPISketch Workshop April 2018

1st UPISketch Workshop April 2018

Yeni Cami/ben vos posc ver dir

Yeni Cami/ben vos posc ver dir

'voil qe'm digaz cals mais vos plaz'

'voil qe'm digaz cals mais vos plaz'

Shoe Factory, Nicosia 27 6 17

Shoe Factory, Nicosia 27 6 17

Shoe Factory 2

Shoe Factory 2

We find our way to the frozen time

We find our way to the frozen time

At the foot of the wall...

At the foot of the wall...