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 neighbourhoods and shops of areas facing social alienation. By installing workstations at 10 different locations we will give the chance for everyone to experiment and engage with interactive and intuitive new technology, which has the potential in creating further interest in New Music.
Within the framework of "Urban Music Boxes and Troubadours" two music workshops for children were realised:
Ten custom-made tablet stations, using to the extent possible open hardware and software, will be designed by faculty and students from the University including a new version of UPIC for mobile devices and a software from DMU among others which will act as modern interactive music box. The project will involve exhibitions and 3-day workshops which will be given by the Centre Iannis Xenakis and DMU. Tablets will be installed in Nicosia immigrant neighbourhoods, but also in other spaces: malls, the University and shops. Interactive concerts will take place in public spaces, breaking the performer / audience barrier. The action will be documented through many photographs and a video documentary on the project's website.
Track the latest updates:
First Milestone | 30 June 2017
Graphic User Interface | 24 July 2017
Zooming and Playhead | 20 September 2017
Mooving Sounds Around | 24 Oct ober2017
Music Workshops: "Making Music with Sounds" & "DIY electronics" | 23-24 April 2018
Music Workshops "Let's draw music!" | 25-27 April 2018
Video Tutorials | 20 June 2018
UPISketch Demo | 2 July 2018
Solo Clarinet Recital | 3 July 2018
Locations of installed music boxes: