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
More “Music Boxes” coming up in:
3.Novia Mavromoustaki School of Music
4.Cyprus Wine Museum
5.Larnaca Municipal Art Gallery
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
Peter Sheppard Skaerved
Mall of Engomi,
House of Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios Museum
Peter Sheppard Skaerved
Medieval Castle of Larnaka, Limassol Castle
Kolossi Castle and
Curium Ancient Theater
Shawn Mativetsky (Tabla) and Sorin Alexandru Horlea (Violin & Viola)
Music for Tabla with Violin & Electronics
European University Cyprus, Auditorium A (Diogenis Str. 6, CY02404, Nicosia, Cyprus)
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.
You can track the steps of the development of the UPISketch software here:
Graphic User Interface
Zooming and Playhead
Moving Sounds Around
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:
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"
Music Workshops "Let's draw music!"
UPISketch is made possible through the following collaborations:
European University Cyprus, supported by the Interfaces programme for the activity “Urban Music Boxes and Troubadours”
The following libraries have been used: JUCE, PYin, KFRConcept, Code: Rodolphe Bourotte
Code: Sean Soraghan, Daniel Walz
Mathematical Support: Paul Lanthier
Key graphics: Louis Hyerlé
Thanks are extended to: Sharon Kanach, Evis Sammoutis, Fotini Vaiouli, Jean-Louis Villeval / Copyright (c) 2017 Centre Iannis Xenakis