“In the work the listener is asked to locate various substances that form the contemporary urban environment (glass, stone, concrete etc.). As they mark the location of each one they begin to hear interwoven stories connecting them to remote locations around the world, soundtracked with a generative music score. The narratives are progressed and concluded as the listener returns to the locations they chose. The piece is reflective and sometimes melancholy, it touches on issues of climate change and global awareness, but ultimately encourages the listener to treasure the moments around them…”
Two videos from YouTube on Node:
1. This one shows the nodeexplorer as the “Stourhead GPS Explorer”
2. Here is an example of a program for the nodeexplorer as “Stourhead GPS Explorer”. I like it, as it does not simply show the reality, but reconstructs the past.
Press release: Node goes live at Stourhead Gardens
Site information: National Trust
Where? Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Bristol (UK)
When? 3-4 december 2007
What? two day conference for mediascape enthusiasts, involving workshops mentored by industry professionals, speakers from a range of backgrounds, a showcase of mediascapes and plenty of networking
Registration closes on Monday, 19 November 2007!
More at http://www.mscapers.com/mscapeFest07
Locative Media are media of communication bound to a location. They are digital media applied to real places and thus triggering real social interactions. While mobile technologies such as the Global Positioning System (GPS), laptop computers and mobile phones enable locative media, they are not the goal for the development of projects in this field.
Location-based media (LBM) delivers multimedia directly to the user of a mobile device dependent upon their location. The media can be delivered to, or triggered within any portable wireless device that is GPS enabled and has the capacity to display audiovisual content. The term was jointly coined at the 2004 Consumer Electronics Show by Tom Brammar, the then Chief Executive of Node, and Martin Hill an original founder of Symbian, and wireless pioneer.
Location-based services (LBS) (or LoCation Services, LCS) are services developed and distributed by wireless carriers and their partners which provide information specific to a location. The advantage is that mobile users don’t have to manually specify ZIP codes or other location identifiers to use location-based services.