Book review – Mobile Music Workshop 2004-2008

The Creative Interactions – The MobileMusicWorkshop 2004 – 2008 book is out and every bit as excellent and informative as the annual workshop itself.

Slideshow of screenshots i made from the book:

The publication, edited by Nicolaj Kirisits, Frauke Behrendt, Lalya Gaye and Atau Tanaka, celebrates 5 years of Mobile Music Workshop.

Each year, the Mobile Music Workshop gathers artists, academics, designers, industry representatives and academics who come and present their latest projects and discuss the way ubiquitous computing has been modifying the consumption, sharing and creation of music over the past few years. The adventure started a few years ago with a bunch of pre-walkman-phones and pre-iPhones artists and researchers who were exploring the intersection between mobility, music and the awareness of space. Flipping through the pages of the book, you realize how MMW has grown into a unique community made of creative, inventive, fun and edgy people who will take you from a Tango Intervention to a sonification of the poetic art of cycling, an orchestra made of phones swinging above the heads of the players or the synaesthetic sonification of traveling landscapes. I only attended the 2007 edition but gosh, was it great!

The book collects all the projects presented over the workshops that ran from 2004 to 2008: title, abstract, bio of the artist(s) and some pictures. Super simple, clear and fascinating.

0aawaisskwoii.jpgPerformance by Michel Waisvisz (photo)

This way to order the book. And while you wait for the volume to be shipped, here’s a PDF of the proceedings of the latest MMW to keep you busy.

p.s. there’s a page about me which i didn’t write. I never sent my notes from the talk (i never have any notes, it is almost impossible to get me to write anything outside of this blog). So someone else had to invent something to fill in the blank i left. I wish this embarrassingly nice text about me didn’t exist but my legendary laziness is the only one that should be blamed for its existence.