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Feed – App Store Release

Posted on | September 15, 2012 |

After just over a year of planning, development, gallery installations, public events and beta testing – Feed is now available on the app store!

Feed - App Store Download

Feed Homepage

It’s available for download at the fair price of £1.50 ($1.99 USD if I’m not mistaken).

Feed has a homepage. Here you can find information about the app, browse the image gallery, listen to uploaded Feed recordings and troubleshoot in the FAQs section.

 

You can also follow Feed on Facebook and Twitter:

Feed on Facebook

Twitter Bird-Feed

 

 

 

 

 

 

The upkeep of Feed will continue strongly and thoroughly with updates being scheduled based on any feedback we recieve from users, plus new ideas we’ve held back for future versions. Please tell us how you get on with the app, share your Feed creations with us, or even post an app store review, it would be greatly appreciated and it would also help support Feed in the app store market.

Have fun and get making some noise!

Peace.

- Leigh Davies.

Ashley Fayth – Peanut Butter Music Video Production

Posted on | August 16, 2012 |

Time to break the bloggy silence! For the last few months I’ve been involved in quite a bit of work, you could say a bit too much work for one individual! One of the sponges in my bathtub of time (albeit a totally enjoyable experience) was working on a music video production project for the wonderful Canadian solo artist Ashley Fayth.

Back in December I met with Ashley along with Kai Lena, a colleague and good friend of mine. We were to begin discussions for a proposed music video for ‘Peanut Butter’ a single from Ashley’s album ‘Wonder Wonder’. Kai Lena was to be attached as director, filmography and chief editor for the project where as I would lead production of the illustration, animation and effects for the video.

Once the themes and basic ideas were agreed upon and the storyboards were drawn up we scheduled a filming weekend on location in the Lake District, Cumbria. Half of the video, being live action, was to be shot here with the rest being illustrated and animated by myself in the new year alongside the post production of the film footage.

The scenes in the video were to be generally tied to the lyrical content; both live action and the animations. The illustrations were made with ink and watercolour and are stylistically ‘skatty’ due to the nature of the painting medium. This lends itself well to the theme, being storybook-ish and innocent feeling and although the illustrations are animated (either partly or fully) they don’t stray too far away from remaining as book-like illustrations primarily.

The video was officially released on 15th August 2012.

Peace.

- Leigh Davies

Feed – Electrostatic Installation

Posted on | June 11, 2012 |

The very first public installation of Feed took place this weekend at the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol as part of the Electrostatic festival. The event drew a significant crowd of intrigued members of the public, all of which stepped up and became involved in the spontaneous collaboration of group performances using Feed.

The installation setup featured 4 iPads, each positioned in front of its own large video monitor. Each monitor displayed a different members of a string quartet performing their pieces of compositions by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Steven King. The audio from the visuals was connected to each corresponding iPad so that users could approach the app, record 4 second samples of the performers audio and use the sounds to collaborate with other members of the public in an evolving creative realtime composition.

The public performers ages ranged from as young as 2 to well into their 70′s and all showed great enjoyment using Feed and demonstrated some strong understanding of their contribution to the group collaboration.

This event was the first public installation for Feed and also worked nicely as its last public Beta test before its imminent release to the general public via the app store. We look forward to everyone being able to enjoy the immersive experience that Feed seems to have cast across every user involved in the development over these last few months.

Peace.

- Leigh Davies

Feed – Cauldrons and Furnaces Launch Event

Posted on | May 22, 2012 |

Feed’s development has been funded by Head4Arts as part of the Cauldrons and Furnaces event and on the 16th May it was demonstrated at the launch event at Caerphilly Castle to members of the press, managers of the event and other VIP guests.

The event went very well and Feed was very well received among all visitors. It was great to show managers of the event how Feed is coming along and talk about the reception from the children involved in the developmental workshops around the South Wales area.

At the end of June, Feed will be integrated into the Cauldrons & Furnaces show at the Blaenavon Ironworks heritage site. It will be used by roaming performers to collect sounds from the several sections of performances located around the site which take place throughout the evening, and then re use these sounds back into the environmental performance.

Peace.

- Leigh Davies.

Feed – Abersychan High School Workshops

Posted on | May 20, 2012 |

Since February, the Incidental team have had the pleasure to take Feed to Abersychan High School in Wales for a series of funded workshops supported by Head4Arts.

The children played an integral role in not only exploring Feed and finding its performative capabilities but by being part of the development team, and contributing ideas on newer functions, features, and changes to the UI design.

Over the course of the workshops, the Incidental team continued to develop the app based on the user tester feedback and we are now at the cusp of finalising the app and releasing Feed into the app store for public sale.

Several events involving Feed will be taking place around the month of June coinciding with its public release. Also another series of workshops will be taking place at Abersychan High School teaching the kids the concept of installation work. During these, they will design and develop an installation event that will take place at their school using Feed.

Peace.

- Leigh Davies

Ortochestras – Quadrocopters Perform 007 Theme

Posted on | March 1, 2012 |

For a good few months I’ve been accumulating a healthy amount of content on specific projects that are contributing to the development of what I like to call the ‘Ortochestras’ (auto-orchestras). Automated musical performances are on the grow. With micro controllers like the Arduino, it is much easier for anyone to control and automate component that influence, react to or directly control the world around us in whatever way the creator desires.

This is a project that I’m more than happy to start the Ortochestra related posts on:

Flying robot quadrotors perform the James Bond Theme by playing various instruments including the keyboard, drums and maracas, a cymbal, and the debut of an adapted guitar built from a couch frame. The quadrotors play this “couch guitar” by flying over guitar strings stretched across a couch frame; plucking the strings with a stiff wire attached to the base of the quadrotor. A special microphone attached to the frame records the notes made by the “couch guitar”.

These flying quadrotors are completely autonomous, meaning humans are not controlling them; rather they are controlled by a computer programed with instructions to play the instruments.

- taken from  arduinoarts.com

The technology behind these Quadrocopters has been developed at Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. It’s responsible for some of the most innovative robotics research on the planet, much of it coming out of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab. Using musical performance to demonstrate the agility and incredible manoeuvrability of the technology is a brilliant approach indeed, especially with creatively fun videos going down a storm across social media platforms. Although, the other much more life changing possibilities that this technology could offer is impressive on a whole different scale:

Ooo I’ve got one! I’ve got one! *Ahem* – “I bet these robo-musicians take Double-A7 batteries!” Ohohohohoh…oho…hmmm.

Peace.

- Leigh Davies

Danger Beach – Apache Music Video

Posted on | February 18, 2012 |

For the first time last week I came across a Vimeo channel: oneedo. This channel hosts a wonderful collection of freely created animations from a very creative chap by the name of Ned Wenlock.

“oneedo is a place for my personal, non commercial projects and experiments. The music video’s featured are often initiated by me as a way to explore a style or idea in a short contained film. The comics I draw tend to highlight my love of Pulp and Pop culture and often have the kind of ending that feels tacked on – I’m working on that. The illustrations will one day lead to a coffee table book that people buy because it’s heavy and smells of ink and makes their house look good. And finally short films, this is where I’m heading. To combine all of the above into films that express ideas that are personal to me and hopefully resonate with a like minded audience.”

- taken from http://oneedo.posterous.com/

The level of creativity that this animation holds is the reason why it has gripped my attention and focused it indefinitely towards Wenlock’s work this last week. The amazingly thought out carousel technique applied to the numerous layers in this music video for Danger Beach’s ‘Apache’ is what sets it apart from the countless other digital animations that reside on the big wide web, second to none.

‘Style wise I’m torn between the old and the new, I like and respect greatly the skill and innovation of mid century designers which might be evident in my work, but I’m also searching for something fresh and idiosyncratic.’ 

- Ned Wenlock

I think it’s safe to say the following about that Mr Wenlock:

The most intriguing bit about all of this was that I’ve discovered Danger Beach’s album: ‘Milky Way’. The spaghetti western feel to the guitar craft is a style that is very sparse in my music collection; as sparse as desert water. It’s a fantastic collection of tracks which are self-aware of their melodic content, leading to tracks lasting for a fleeting two minutes simply ‘seering’ the music rather than arriving on your platter a slightly charred ‘well-done’.

This is a testiment to a promotional vehicle, where by this wonderful animation (being a wonderful piece of work on its own) has provided an online promotional pathway for Danger Beach, and a fun one at that.

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Thanks to this animation, I found Milky Way here.

I purchased it at what I’d claim to be a very fair price, totalling to more than what it would cost me on iTunes.

The Album is incredible.

It was an enjoyable and rewarding experience: I feel stimulated visually and enriched sonically.

Thank you Mr Wenlock and Thank you Danger Beach.

This system works.

~

Peace.

- Leigh Davies

Daan Roosegaarde – Lotus 7.0

Posted on | February 16, 2012 |

Lotus 7.0‘ is a living wall made out of smart foils which fold open in response to human behavior. If you were to walk by ‘Lotus 7.0‘, you would be greeted by hundreds of aluminium foils unfold themselves in an organic way; generating transparent voids between private and public.

Here physical walls become immaterial, through a poetic morphing of space and people.

The City of Lille have commissioned Daan Roosegaarde to build ‘Lotus Dome’ (2011-2012), an upcoming living aluminum foil structure that ‘blooms’ in response to touch and warmth in a minified, more personal approach compared to ‘Lotus 7.0‘.

Peace.

- Leigh Davies

Riusuke Fukahori – The Human Makerbot Artist

Posted on | February 16, 2012 |

Riusuke Fukahori is an incredibly talented painter with a technique comparable to that of a 3D printer such as a Makerbot.

By painting a layer then sealing it with resin he is able to build up 3D painting-sculptures. As the painting builds so does the realism of the painting subject leading to an amazing end result where even light and shadows play an important part in the finished piece.

Peace.

- Leigh Davies

Feed – Promotional Video

Posted on | February 15, 2012 |

It’s been a busy few months, especially on the Incidental front and as the development on Feed draws us closer to the first public release of the app I was asked to produce a small promotional video showcasing a glimpse at Feed’s capabilities and creative potential:

Earlier this month we met with one of our current funders: Head4Arts. During this meeting we finally got to present a beta version of our app to a very enthused team at the organisation. We then successfully secured funding to deliver a series of workshops to the pupils of Abersychan High School where we will introduce them to Feed, allowing them to explore sound in a new and exciting way and even give them the opportunity to provide creative feedback on the app allowing them to influence changes and additions to Feed’s development before its official release in the App Store. Exciting times to come!

Peace.

- Leigh Davies.

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