Fave

Went to Fave today with Chelle. Fave is an event for people interested in open source softwear software. There were some really interesing interesting speakers. Chris O’Shea kicked it off talking about his Sonicforms project which is a research platform for making tangible interfaces. I saw it at Submerge and it is bloody brilliant. John Ffitch tlaked talked about CSound a programming language for making music. That’s not strictly true but it’s probably the best way that I can describe it. Anyway, he did say that the soundtrack for Stealth was done using it so it’s probably a fair description. I’m defo gonna get hold of a copy of it to have a play.

James Wallbank gave a talk about Access Space which I especially wanted to hear. Access Space is a walk-in, open access media lab in Sheffield and it runs with hardware considered past it by companies and open source software. That’s what I really like about it. Just coz a piece of kit is old, doesn’t mean that it’s no longer useful. Coz a computer isn’t powerful enough to run Doom 57 or whatever, doesn’t mean that it’s not up to reading email or typing up a letter.

There was also someone from Plugincinema (I didn’t catch his name) talking about using the net as a delivery medium for fiolm film. I’d always imagined films made for the net werre were very low budget, just one person with a DV cam and some hammy acting but they aren’t. He gave Troops as an example. The production of it is just as high (if not higher) as some so called Hollywood blockbusters and apparently it’s the most watched film ever!! Pretty bloody cool huh?

There were other speakers and you can check thwem them out on the Fave website but they were the ones that made the biggest impression on me.



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