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Music Origins Project is a experimental website we have developed to discuss the history and future of music, with an initial focus on electronic music and related art forms.
A Google Map identifying the cultural origins of various musical art forms will be the lens for the exploration of each art form.
Ultimatly, site will be a searchable, virtual museum offering informed dialogue about the cultural origins of musical art forms along with geolocated multimedia documentation. The project will have an educational component to teach students 21st Century literacy Skills.We are currently seeking teachers and/or teams of young people to get involved... Powered by UrbanThinking
New forms of journalism and documentary filmmaking that challenge traditional linear storytelling molds are emerging.
There are not a lot of examples out there but here are a few (Out My Window, Prison Valley, Digital Diaspora Family Reunion, Welcome to Pine Point). These projects are challenging how we document life and the human condition visually.
Tools like the iPad and iPod along with recent developments in the theories and practices of new media production, know variously as database documentary, interactive narrative, and experimental archiving, are redefining the documentary film and evolving it into a non-linear experience that allow interaction and multiple ways or experiencing the "story". The DATABASE | NARRATIVE | ARCHIVE a International Symposium on Nonlinear Digital Storytelling will be held in Montreal Canada May 13-15 to discuss and define these new film making methods.
Posted by David Grandison (Urban Universe) on April 13, 2011 at 2:19am
One day soon we will have a fully digital medical work flow where prescriptions, x-rays and all records are digital so you can take them home with you via email or on your cell phone. This type of health data transferability means any doctor you see, can view your complete medical history, you just download it to him from your phone or a cloud-based online repository. The this area in medicine is called Medical informatics.
The world is changing rapidly and digitization of health records is an important step in making medical records portable. This has been made a priority by the Obama Administration and we need to support this effort because it is a big part of the push for affordable health care. It's a smart move and as the video shows it will lead to a variety of new medical informatics related jobs.
Just imagine, in the not too distant future, if you could be warned of potential disease outbreaks in your city when logging into your personal health record on Google Health. It's not a huge intuitive leap, but it's a leap that puts the responsibility for health in the hands of the individual.
Helping people manage their wellness and health in a preventative way instead of simply treating the disease? That's a truly innovative - and much needed - way of approaching healthcare. Can Google leverage its wealth of data to help spark that healthcare innovation?
These areas of medical informatics are focused on crunching numbers and stats to predict trends that help…Continue
The producer Steven Ellison aka Flying Lotus, has created a unique fusion of funky electronic hip-hop that flows between jazz and classical moments in his second release Cosmogramma.
This album is not new but its unique format and theme deserves noting for the sheer skill involved in its creation. This is album is a tour du force of composition combining artist that rarely collaborate on albums of this nature. The project features Miguel Atwood-Ferguson another virtuoso artist/producer who has blended classical sensibilities in other projects and is most well known for his album Suite for Ma dukes which is an, tribute to the hip hop artist, J Dilla, using a 60 piece orchestra. Other artist on the project include; Ravi Coltrane, Thundercat, Rebekah Raff, Andres Renteria, Gerry Gibb, and the sultery vocals of Andreya Triana. This innovative fusion album definitely deserves a listen pick it up.
The visual artist Theo Jemision collaborated with Stephen Ellison in the creation of art to embody the flavor of the Cosmogramma.
Posted by David Grandison (Urban Universe) on March 9, 2011 at 9:30pm
Are you a “Time Shifter”? No, I am not asking you if you have the ability to slip in and out of the time space continuum at will. I am asking if you are among the millions of people who record your favorite television shows via Tivo or some other DVR device so you can watch them when it’s convenient for you?
An article posted by the AP back in August states, “Sixty-two percent of viewers across the country interviewed in a poll conducted for the nation’s largest cable company, Comcast Corp., said they have used time-shifting technology. Six in 10 people said they owned a digital video recorder.”
They follow that up later in the article by saying “The survey found that 60 percent of viewers report time-shifting more than they did a year ago. Going back three years, 84 percent said they are doing it more often — more than half of the people saying they use it, ‘significantly more.’”
This has got to be upsetting to advertisers who’s dollars are spent on ads that get skipped and executives who have lost control (not the first due to innovations in technology) of their audience. Interestingly enough, the popularity and increasing mainstream use of social media just might be the solution television networks are looking for to re-capture eyeballs when shows air.
Let’s take Twitter for example. It played its part in making the 2011 Grammy Awards the highest rated in a decade. Artists that are some of the most frequently mentioned on Twitter, such as Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, attracted tons of social media savvy fans during the show. Critiques of each performance and…Continue
Posted by David Grandison (Urban Universe) on February 25, 2011 at 8:24am