ThorMagnusson  
 
Country:   Iceland
URL:   http://www.ixi-software.net
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ixi software is an experimental project concerned with building prototypes for musical instruments. We are interested in the computer as a workshop for building non-conventional tools for musicians, i.e. not trying to imitate or copy the tools that we know from the real world of instruments and studio technology. We currently work with open source software and try to build interesting graphical front-ends to software such as Pure Data or Supercollider, but our aim is also to distribute our applications such that everybody can use them, making them simple and intuitive to use. We are interested in free and open music software in all senses. Free as in free beer , free as in "free speech" and free as in "free jazz". The last "freedom" being the most important one. We acknowledge the constraints that software puts on the musician, the limits that the tool sets for the creative process and we therefore promote and try to disseminate technologies which open up the limits of the software (or defines new boundaries). Our belief is that it should be the artist that defines the scope of his or her instrument (and therefore music), not a commercial software company. Our belief is that controlling musical structures graphically in screen-based instruments such as the ixi software, can be helpful and inspiring for the musician. We try to build "non-musical" interfaces, i.e. controllers that do not contain musical concepts from any tradition or culture. This can be liberating and open up for new directions. Visualising musical patterns is one of the main ideas here, but in a way that is open and not predefining the music. Intelligent interfaces is also one of our aims and we'd like to see instruments that understand and interact with the musician. As part of our activities we have been giving workshops at universities and art institutions where we go into the problem of audio-visual programming and musical software. We are interested in instruments and tools, i.e. the environments we can create to use in our expressive work. Our workshops extend from 1 to 5 days, where we go into audio programming on the open source platforms Pure Data and Supercollider, visual programming platforms such as Python, Processing/Java, Director and Flash, and then OSC (Open Sound Control) for communicating between the audio and graphical environments. Questions regarding interactive music, generative music, algorithmic art and installations are dealt with and explored. The workshops have different emphasis depending on the situation, they can be highly technical, musical, theoretical or art based all according to the wishes and interests of the participants. Accessed 2.11.06 from http://www.ixi-software.net/content/about.html
16 Selected Statements
      Worktype Info Year Country Admin
Aurora. version beta 0.1 Software Instrument unknown 2002 Multiple international sites Edit
Viruses. version beta 0.5 Software Instrument unknown 2002 Multiple international sites Edit
Tree . version beta 0.5 Software Instrument unknown 2002 Multiple international sites Edit
polyMachine Software Instrument unknown 2003 Iceland Edit
Picker. version beta 0.8 Software Instrument unknown 2003 Iceland Edit
Connector. version beta 0.6 Software Instrument unknown 2003 Iceland Edit
GrainBox Software Instrument unknown 2004 Iceland Edit
SpinOSC Software Instrument unknown 2004 Iceland Edit
Shell. version alpha 0.1 Software Instrument unknown 2004 Iceland Edit
MicWorld. version beta 0.5.1 Software Instrument unknown 2004 Multiple international sites Edit
Crystals . version beta 0.5.2 Software Instrument unknown 2004 Multiple international sites Edit
StockSynth. version beta 0.9.1. Software Instrument unknown 2005 Multiple international sites Edit
Lauki. version beta 0.9.2 Software Instrument unknown 2005 Multiple international sites Edit
SpinDrum . version beta 0.9.1 Software Instrument unknown 2005 Multiple international sites Edit
autoCrap . version beta 0.1 Software Instrument unknown 2005 Multiple international sites Edit
Slicer. version beta 0.1.1 Software Instrument unknown 2006 Iceland Edit