Digital Interactive Sound & Intermedia Studio
Virginia TechCollege of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences • School of Performing Arts • Department of MusicCHCIICAT

"And so the arts are encroaching upon one another, and from a proper use of this encroachment will rise the art that is truly monumental."
--Wassily Kandinsky


CREATIVE PORTFOLIO
Following is an assorted collection of recent art created by DISIS students and faculty:

2013
Whack-a-mole! (Mac) - Andrew Wood  
33MB
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Whack-a-mole! (PC) - Andrew Wood  
16MB
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Whack A Mole (Mac) - Cole Edwards  
11MB
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Whack A Mole (PC) - Cole Edwards  
20MB
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Whack-A-Mole (Mac) - Dan Tilden  
18MB
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Whack-A-Mole (PC) - Dan Tilden  
7MB
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Whack a mole (Mac) - JPO  
33MB
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Whack a mole (PC) - JPO  
30MB
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2011
MUS3065-6 - aural pixels vol.1 (Mac)  
13MB
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                      aural pixels vol.1 (PC)  
11MB
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2010
Michael Matthews - Prelude IV  
6MB
  mp3  
Ian Philips - You are the Blood  
8MB
  mp3    
Steven Querry - Welcome to the Labyrinth  
10MB
  mp3    
Maya Renfro - Chandelier  
2MB
  mp3    

2009
Ivica Ico Bukvic - FORGETFULNESS  
63MB
  mov   View YouTube Video
L2Ork Debut - Citadel  
5MB
  mp3  
L2Ork Debut - Half-Life  
8MB
  mp3    

2008
Ivica Ico Bukvic - derelicts of time  
15MB
  mov   View YouTube Video
Ivica Ico Bukvic - iteration 13  
113MB
  mp3   View YouTube Video
DC3 - Metronome  
2MB
  mp3    

2007
•  Ivica Ico Bukvic - Pandora  
50MB
  mov   View YouTube Video
AJ Coppa - Velocity  
15MB
  mov   View YouTube Video
DC3 - Highlife (voco mix)  
3MB
  mp3  
Trevor Robinson - Acid Rain  
6MB
  mp3  
Keith Thomas - VOC 330       mov   View YouTube Video


RESEARCH PORTFOLIO
DISIS fosters collaborations with various departments, institutions and entities. As a result, a vast majority of research that takes place at DISIS is collaborative in nature. Following terms are used to describe DISIS role:

•  PI (Principal Investigator) for projects that originated in DISIS
Co-PI (co-Principal Investigator) in projects where main authorship is shared among several entities
Senior Personnel where DISIS was a paid contributor to an outside project
Collaborator where DISIS was an academic contributor to an outside project

Following is a list of recent research at DISIS:

disis.aka.wiiremote (PI, Fall 2008)
•  Extending aka.wiiremote Max/MSP external to support Nintendo Wii Fit
DOWNLOAD
       View YouTube Video Neverball, Wii Fit, and Max demo
 
disis_munger~ (PI, Fall 2007-2008)
•  Porting and enhancement of the munger~ real-time granular synthesis object from Dan Trueman's PErCoLate Max/MSP library
Use of flext toolkit to produce a platform-agnostic Max/Pd source code
Presented at ICMC 2007
DOWNLOAD
 
DREAM: A Discrete REconfigurable Aural Matrix (PI, Fall 2006-2010)
(formerly known as Aural Matrix Haptic Display Interface or AMHDI)
•  Use of large speaker arrays for sonification of data
Foundation for an Aural Painting artistic genre

2 undergraduate summer assistantships

1 undergraduate summer assistantship via the VT REU program
•  $32,000 CLAHS Dean's Grant (Fall 2006)
•  $20,000 ISCE Summer Scholars Grant (Summer 2007)
Publication of preliminary findings in ICMC 2008 proceedings
 
Drummer Game Project (Co-PI, Summer 2010)
•  $150,000 EAGER grant by the National Science Foundation
Collaboration among computer Science, Music, and Art faculty and students

Design of a game/performance/learning hybrid platform

Use of Chinese culture and terracotta warriors to explore intersections among history, culture, gaming, learning, strategy, and music performance
 
ICTAS Lobby Installation (Co-PI, Summer 2009)
•  $20,000 commission by Virginia Tech ICTAS for an interactive aural sculpture art installation
Engaged 3 Faculty across Art and Music

Secured 1 undergraduate summer assistantship

 
Intelligent Sustainable Space (PI, Spring 2008-2009)
•  The design of virtual interactive tour populated with interactive multimedia art installations for a new Wachovia/Wake-Forest space
•  $14,200 sponsored by Wake-Forest for the phase 1
$10,000 for phase 2 (physical prototyping) sponsored through VT ISCE/ICTAS partnership
Foundation for a book chapter and other publications
Project currently in physical prototyping phase
       View YouTube Video Virtual Prototyping (Phase I) In-Browser Demo
 
Interactive Taiji (PI, Fall 2008-2009)
•  The design of a gaming platform using Taiji for K-12 students with focus on students' ability to maintain focus
•  $5,000 seed funds awarded by the VT Education Enhancement Grant (Arts Initiative)
Use of Wii Fit platform
Collaboration with regional public schools
Project currently in pilot testing phase
       View YouTube Video PR video
 
L2Ork Linux Laptop Orchestra (PI, Summer 2009-present)
•  World's first Linux-powered laptop orchestra
•  Received $50,000 in internal support and external sponsorships
VT Stakeholders include Arts Initiative, CCTAD, CEUT, CLAHS, CTEG, DISIS, ICTAS, ISCE, IT, Music, and SOE
External sponsors include MSI Computer, Renoise Inc., Roland Corp., and Sweetwater
Focus on the design and development of custom hardware, supporting software, and optimization of the Linux platform
Secured 4 undergraduate summer research assistantships
Additional 2 assistantships through NSF's Research Experience for the Undergraduates
L2Ork Website
       View YouTube Video L2Ork Instructables
 
µ (mu) Max-Unity3D Interoperability Toolkit (PI, Spring 2008)
•  Library providing easy interfacing between Max/MSP/Jitter and Unity3D
•  Abilty to import Jitter textures into Unity3D (e.g. real-time camera feeds)
Use of C# and C
Version 1.0 completed in Summer 2008
DOWNLOAD
       View YouTube Video Tech demo
       myu high resolution video High resolution tech demo (106MB)
 
Networked Ensemble (Collaborator, Fall 2007-2009)
•  Ensemble performance and coordination using network resources
•  $975,978 (Singapore currency) awarded to the National University of Singapore
 
Recontextualizing Contemporary Multimedia Kiosk Paradigm Using Sustainable Touchless Gesture Interface (PI, Fall 2007-2008)
•  Use of a proximity sensor array in conjunction with gesture tracking software
•  Focus on sustainable design
Prototyping phase complete
Basis for two creative interactive multimedia installations:
       View YouTube Video community
       View YouTube Video heads will roll
 
Revo:oveR (Co-PI, Spring 2006-2008)
•  Commission for the grand opening of the Arts Museum of Western Virginia
•  Project developed as part of the VT's Digital Arts Research Collaborative
1 graduate assistantship
Projected budget $150,000
Work premiered on 11/07/08
       View YouTube Video First Revo:oveR prototype
 
View a photo     View a photo First Revo:oveR prototype tech setup
       View YouTube Video DARC arm pit (or something) experiment
       View YouTube Video PR video
 
SMILE Project (Senior Personnel, Spring 2007-2008)
•  Science and Mathematics Inclusive Learning Engagement program
•  Targets underrepresented population of the Appalachian region by building of creative metaphors to facilitate learning
6 undergraduate summer assistantships
•  $2,000 internal grant
•  $20,000 ISCE Summer Scholars Grant (Summer 2007)
 
Sonification Project (Co-PI, Summer 2008, Summer 2009)
•  Research into use of sonification in IDEs
•  Project in part sponsored by the NSF's Research Experience for the Undergraduates (2008, 2009)
1 Publication to the IEEE's ICPC
Foundation for one Masters thesis in HCI
 
Summer Camp (2008-present)
•  A 4-day intensive music technology course for the middle and high school students participating in the Music Dept. annual Summer Band Camp
•  Covers acoustics, psychoacoustics, composition, recording, and production
Students participate in group compositional exercises using sound editing software
2009 Final Group Projects
       Class 1
       Class 2
 
Sustainable Silent Computing (PI, Spring 2007-2008)
•  Preliminary study used as the foundation for building the DISIS infrastructure
•  Low power consumption Workstations that use highly efficient PSUs
Silent air-cooled machines using a single <1200 RPM fan
Systems offering Workstation performance
Use of environmentally-friendly hardware
 
VT Stakeholders Project (Co-PI, Spring 2007)
•  Design of promotional audio-visual materials for the Performing Arts Center fundraising campaign
•  Soundtrack and effects design
2 undergraduate assistantships
$10,000 budget
 
Ultrasonic Gesture Mapping (PI, Spring 2007)
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Use of ultrasonic beacons for the purpose of sonification of gestures

•  Prototyping phase complete
Used as a foundation for the Interactive Taiji project
       View YouTube Video Early tech demo