John Woodward

interview with: john woodward (2005/08/30)
tags: soundtoys, artist, journal, interview, text
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John Woodward

Could you come up with a definition of "soundtoys"
play , emotion , stimulation

What is you project and your work about?
Its about collaboration between people , I'm interested in how technology can bring people together 'people to people' rather than 'human to computer' interaction . I was interested in the idea of users being able to change the state of another place in some physical way , the sound seemed like an obvious choice. Sound is a physical process and I wanted multiple users to manipluate objects in 'cspace' that inturn activates sounds on all users machines. I'm interested in the id of people working together in a virtual space to peform some kind of group action like composing a muscial narrative. In the near future I hope to extend and make this experiment more interactive rather than reactive and allow users to import there own sounds into the soundscape .

How long have you been working in this area?

Thias was my first experiment with this concept of multiuser soundscapes . I did start with the multiuser aspect of things and the n form there I started to think about how I could take the whole idea of multiuser a little bit further and how I could use the technology to change the state of the real world if only for the length of interaction with the piece .

Were you an artist/ musician first who got into using computers/the net or did
you respond to the net in an artistic way? I started as a designer and then moved into New media and now im moving into more collaborative media which includes collaborative soundscapes .

What/ who has influenced you in your work? (themes, other artists etc)

Are there any other artists covering the same field as you?

Do you see this work as art?
I dont consider myself as an art , but rather a creative , and all my work is a generated by a creative process .

With regard to 'soundtoys' especially, why do you think the audio visual metaphor is so key to the net?
We like to see what were interacting with we are audio / audio creatures , because sound is not a visible medium unless richocheting of water or other physical pheneomenon
We desire the visual in our interaction's along with the audible

What defines the aesthetics of new interactive music.?
I think in the past multimedia production has been neglectful of audio and what audio can bring to a piece of multimedia . Interactive music of play

How mportant is the visual aspect in the 'new' relationship of the audio visual.?

Its dependent on the work at hand really , I think some works could easily be devoid of any visual elements and rely totally on thecontent of the sounds , there have been a coule of interactive sound installations that I have seen that are completely sound based and conjour,up incredible visual images in the mind . Sounds can be very visual in the reproduction , so the decision to use visuals is really about if visuals will help the work or not ?

How novel do you feel generative music and interactivity is?

Generative music is a very interesting meduim . Audio in the early stages of multimedia was either neglected or used very naively . Today there are new media artists exploring the potentials of audio in the interactive rather than passive domain , Its about bringing the user into the piece rather than shutting them out , getting them involved. Its evident that early soundtoys explored the concepts of interactive sound essentially it wasnt interactive sound that they were exploring bu reactive soundtoys ( although reactive soundtoys can be interesting ) . Generative music is the natural next step in teh evolution of soundtoys (making truly interactive soundtoys ).

Would you describe yourself as a multimedia artist, a net.artist, programmer, or none of the above?
New media artist

What software do you use most and why?
Macromedia Director , because it offers so much freedom and potential for creating interesting and innovative new media forms

On a more personal level why do you make this work?
It was a response to idea of users being able to change the physical environment of remote spaces located globally through the use of sound .

Can you recommend any urls to soundtoys?
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