1. Xiao Xiao PhD Dissertation Critique: Reflecting Music Through Movement: A Body Syntonic Approach to Playing [with] the Piano

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    ===Title=== Reflecting Music Through Movement: A Body-Syntonic Approach to Playing [with] the Piano ===Thesis Supervisor=== Hiroshi Ishii Professor of Media Arts & Sciences Massachusetts Institute of Technology ===Committee=== Kenneth Perlin Professor of Computer Science New York University Edith Ackermann Professor Developmental Psychology Université d'Aix en Provence, France Visiting Professor of Architecture Massachusetts Institute of Technology Donal Fox Composer and Pianist ===Abstract=== This dissertation introduces and examines methods for the capture and reproduction of music on the piano that maintains a tight coupling between the body and the physical instrument. Music playing originates in the body, which plays a central role in both performance and pedagogy. However, technology for the capture and reproduction of music has largely ignored the intricate relationship between body and instrument in the making and appreciation of music. Drawing from research in telepresence, tangible interfaces, and augmented reality, I propose to bring the movement of the human body back into the picture, literally and metaphorically, by using different projection techniques on a player piano, designed to synchronize image and sound with the dynamic form of the moving keys. I here focus on two main projects: MirrorFugue and Andante, both inspired by reflections on the surface of a lacquered grand piano (in this case the vertical pane adjacent to the keyboard). MirrorFugue simulates the presence of a virtual pianist whose reflection is actually playing the physically moving keys, thus encouraging anyone to take the seat left empty on the piano, feel the music as if in the doppelgänger’s shoes, and possibly playing along. Andante, for its part, visually echoes the bodily sensation of a pianist’s fingers tapping the keys. A series of strokes in a musical phrase appears in the form of miniature light silhouettes walking and dancing on the keys. Drawing on human empathy and the importance of moving between sensory modalities and shifting standpoints, both installations are designed as immersive “sandboxes” for the playful exploration of musical ideas, embodied cognition, and the role of motion and emotion in making sense of our experience. Both have applications for human learning and enjoyment, which proposed work seeks to assess. To demonstrate Andante and MirrorFugue's usefulness in learning beyond correct notes alone, I propose comparative studies with control interfaces representing typical current methods. To clarify the emotional experience afforded by these interfaces, I describe planned studies employing a combination of observation, physiological measurements (heart rate, breathing, facial expression etc.), and interviews. Full Proposal: https://www.dropbox.com/s/0yeo1tej1ty4k4l/XX%20Thesis%20Proposal.pdf?dl=0 ===Date=== May 20, 2015

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    • Invisible Ink - Blockchain for Data Privacy

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      The problem of maintaining complete control over and transparency with regard to our digital identity is growing more urgent as our lives become more dependent on online and digital services. What once was rightfully ours and under our control is now spread among uncountable entities across many locations. We have built a platform that securely distributes encrypted user-sensitive data. It uses the Bitcoin blockchain to keep a trust-less audit trail for data interactions and to manage access to user data. Our platform offers advantages to both users and service providers. The user enjoys the heightened transparency, control, and security of their personal data, while the service provider becomes much less vulnerable to single point-of failures and breaches, which in turn decreases their exposure to information-security liability, thereby saving them money and protecting their brand. Our work extends an idea developed by the author and two collaborators, a peer-to-peer network that uses blockchain technology and off-blockchain storage to securely distribute sensitive data in a decentralized manner using a custom blockchain protocol. Our two main contributions are: 1. developing this platform and 2. analyzing its feasibility in real-world applications. This includes designing a protocol for data authentication that runs on an Internet scale peer-to-peer network, abstracting complex interactions with encrypted data, building a dashboard for data auditing and management, as well as building servers and sample services that use this platform for testing and evaluation. This work has been supported by the MIT Communication Futures Program and the Digital Life Consortium. Music: Jupiter The Blue by Gillicuddy (http://www.gillicuddy.com)

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      • Synth & Circuit Bent Rig for Analogue Heaven North East 2014 - Bill T Miller

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        Bill T Miller's Orgy Of Noise rig includes: ARP Odyssey, Moog Werkstatt synth with Keith McMillen QuNexus keyboard, Moog Theremini with Moog Theremini Software Editor & ThereMIDI iPad app control, Burnkit2600 BleepKit, Modded Casio SK-1 & Playskool keyboard & Stylophone and Circuit Bent ROBOT. The rig was shared at the Analogue Heaven North East (AHNE) Synthfest at MIT in 2014. A walk through of the rig and a short Orgy Of Noise improv were shot (at BTM's Headroom Studios) the day before taking it to AHNE. Special THANX to Eric Crawley (AHNE) & Joe Paradiso (MIT) for hosting the event and Sheri Hausey for shooting video/photos & ZiggyCat for FCP editing assistance. see hear more at: http://OrgyOfNoise.com & http://CircuitBending.com & http://billtmiller.com/ahne.mit

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        • FOLD, a new tool for storytelling

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          from Alexis Hope Added 2,668 14 0

          FOLD (readfold.com) is an authoring and publishing platform for creating modular, multimedia stories. Find us on Twitter at @readFOLD!

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          • Jon Cleary on MirrorFugue - Tipitina

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            A little preview of my Prospect 3+ exhibition in New Orleans this December. MirrorFugue: Reflections of New Orleans Pianists 12/10/14 – 12/20/14 Artist: Xiao Xiao Featuring: Allen Toussaint, Jon Cleary, Ron Markham, Nick Sanders Producer: Sharon Litwin Videographer: JonGunnar Gylfason With thanks to: Lafargue Pianos, Hiroshi Ishii, Alan Kwan, MIT Media Lab And very special thanks to Phyllis Taylor for her generous support

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            • David Rose Keynote

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              Recorded at the 5th annual Privacy Identity Innovation conference (pii2014) in Silicon Valley on November 12, 2014 David Rose, CEO of Ditto Labs, and Author, Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire and the Internet of Things

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              • Computational Design Process

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                from Vicky Zeamer Added 32 0 0

                Process of figuring out Rhino + Grasshopper, rendering, and finally 3D printing the finished necklace Final project for the Computational Design "CAD and FAB" module of MAS.500-Foundations in Media Tech Song: Carousel by Morning Parade

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                • Pentagram combines historic logos to rebrand MIT Media Lab

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                  Design agency Pentagram has used a simple grid of squares to create the new visual identity for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)'s research centre. Pentagram designers Michael Beirut and Aron Fay based the branding on a logo created for MIT Media Lab's 25th anniversary by designer Richard The, based on a seven-by-seven grid. This was combined with a motif designed by the lab's co-founder Muriel Cooper for MIT Press in 1962 – a minimal configuration of seven vertical lines.

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                  • A Conversation on Risk-taking and Innovation in the Arts

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                    Co-hosted by the Boston-based Barr and Klarman Family Foundations, this September, 2014 panel discussion was held at the MIT Media Lab. Panelists share their experiences moving new artistic ideas forward while managing risk; building organizations that foster a culture of innovation and creativity; collaborating across disciplines and sectors; and keeping artistic work fresh and relevant. Moderated by David Dower of ArtsEmerson, the panel included:Marc Bamuthi Joseph, theater artist and Director of Performing Arts at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; Tod Machover, Professor of Music and Media and Director of the Media Lab’s Opera of the Future group at MIT; and Diane Paulus, Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University.

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                    • MEDIA LAB VIRTUAL VISIT

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                      Media Lab Virtual Visit is intended to open up the doors of the Media Lab to people from all around the world. The visit is hosted on the Unhangout platform, a new way of running large-scale unconferences on the web that was developed at the Media Lab. It is an opportunity for students or potential collaborators to talk with current researchers at the Lab, learn about their work and share ideas.

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