After the success of the previous three Sounds in Space events help at the Markeaton Street Campus of the University of Derby, we’re hosting the event again….and it’s still free!
The symposium concentrates on practical audio/audio-visual demonstrations and the transfer of knowledge through interactive presentations and Q & A sessions and will be of interest both to practitioners in the field and industry as well as the academic community interested in surround audio and it’s related fields. To this end, the previous events have been a mixture of academic and practitioners in industry presenting, which aim to continue this year!
If you’re interested at presenting/demonstrating at the event, please email me at email@example.com by 5pm on Monday 27th May 2013. Abstracts should be around 150 words in length and submitted as a standard Word document. Please also provide a 100 word personal summary (for potential public dissemination!) for all contributing personnel. For more details, please look at the Sounds in Space 2013 Page, which also includes a link to the call for works and other details PDF (or you could just click >HERE<).
Any questions/comments? Feel free to ask here!
If you interested in attending the event, it’s FREE, and light refreshment and lunch is also provided. To register for a place (numbers are limited) please email Jessamie Self at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re lucky enough to be going to the Stargazing live event at University of Derby (see here and here) then you’ll also get the chance to experience Celestial Dynamics, a higher order Ambisonic and visual installation setup in the Markeaton Street building. Developed by Michael Brown, and using the WigWare higher order Ambsionic plugins and source material from the Hubble Space Telescope and Voyager 2 recordings. If you’re attending this free event, it’s running MS017 Some stills from the video are shown in this post, and the poster to be shown alongside the installation can be found at:
I’ve currently got up to 4th order versions of my panners and decoders. Attached to this post is a link to the 2nd and 3rd order Panners (encoders). There are two versions of each order:
A 2D 2nd order version that outputs 5 channels of 2nd order Ambisonic goodness (W,X,Y,U & V)
A 3D version that outputs 9 channels (W,X,Y,Z,R,S,T,U & V)
A 2D 3rd order version that outputs 7 channels (W,X,Y,U,V,P & Q)
A 3D 3rd order version that outputs 16 channels (W,X,Y,Z,R,S,T,U,V,K,L,M,N,O,P & Q)
These panners use the Furse Malham weightings. More info can be found here.
If NFC (near field compensation) is set to OFF then as the source is moved into the middle, the directional compenents are turned down (centre sources comes out of every speaker equally when decoded). If NFC is set to a distance, then the
distance parameter then controls the distance filtering which applies LF boost (proximity effect) as the source moves closer to the middle.
I’ve updated the PC versions of my 1st order plugins to incorporate a number of bug fixes already present in the Mac versions. I’ve also optimised the code a little, and improved the near field compensation and distance filtering to be, well, correct and glitch free (not very noticeable in 1st order….2nd order to come!) Also, these are now compiled using Microsoft Visual Studio as Audacity didn’t like Borland Builder compiled versions……
It’s taken some time, but as I’m getting a few hits on my website from people searching for information on the malware that was inserted onto my website, I thought I’d make what we’ve found out so far public.
So, how did the hackers get in? It seems that the security breach was due to Parrallels Plesk Control Panel which the web server my site is hosted on uses as it’s web based interface. I finally tracked down this information from this excellent website, and it’s an interesting read:
It seems that the Plesk vulnerability was compounded by the fact that the password list in plesk is stored in plain text!!!!!! This meant that the hackers potentially had access to all the plesk passwords on the server (including ftp etc..) So, unless all passwords on the server (which may well host multiple sites!) were reset, the hacker could get back in and read all the passwords again! One interesting addition, is that we discovered extra scripts in the cgi-bin directory of websites on the server which seem to be similar to other distributed denial of service attack type scripts.
Anyway, now Plesk is patched and upgraded and all the passwords on the server have been reset, normal service should resume!
We have a programme change in the Sounds in Space 2012 event. We are pleased to announce that John Crossley will be talking to us about the 5.1 mix he carried out for Imogen Heap (called Neglected Space which was featured on the Xizi She Knows single) which utilised both Pro-tools and 4th order Ambisonics. It’s not too late to register for the event! See details here!
I’m very sorry to report that my website was hacked and was delivering malware between 20th – 22nd June, 2012. Google Chrome picked it up straight away, and my virus checker (MS Security Essentials) cleaned instantly, but if you have visited the site recently, it would be a good idea to clear your browser cache and run a full virus scan. The two exploits are reported as being:
Looking at more details of the CVE exploit, it seems that it could have been targeting Macs, but I can’t be sure. For example, see this link, while the BlacoleRef is targetted at Windows (see this link for a different variant of the same trojan).
If your OS patches and anti-virus are up to date, then there shouldn’t be a problem, but please check to be sure.
After discussing the issue with my web host, we think we have identified how the exploit happened, and fixed the issue (my first attempt at cleaning the virus worked, but the site got reinfected soon after….it’s all clean now). The free Securi Sitecheck website scanning tool was invaluable in this task, and for this free service, I thank you!
Sorry about this if it’s caused you any issues….normal service should now resume!
The programme for the FREE Event Sounds in Space, is now available (it may still be tweaked, however, but the general timings for the day are fixed!). This research symposium has speakers from the BBC, talks about Binaural Sound Art (with a 48-way binaural demo….bring your own headphones!) and aurilisations of Sonic Crystals, among other things! Have at a look at the Sounds in Space page for details.
Exploring spatial sound arts practice, the symposium will present a number of original spatial sound works and present details regarding the technical, practical and aesthetic aspects of spatial works.
The event is FREE, and light refreshment and lunch is provided. To register for a place (numbers are limited) please email Jessamie Self at email@example.com
Call for Participation
If you’re interested at presenting/demonstrating at the event, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Monday 28th May 2012. Abstracts should be around 150 words in length and submitted as a standard Word document. Please also provide a 100 word personal summary (to be used for publicity purposes) for all contributing personnel. For more details, please look at the Sounds in Space 2012 Page.