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Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2002 20:25:27 +0200
Subject: Sonaris Newsletter, June/July 2002, Issue 56

Sonaris Newsletter
June/July 2002, Issue 56

A free monthly editorial service.
(Formerly known as MUSIC for NEW MEDIA)

Published by Sonaris Consulting, Felix Bopp
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

- "Interactive TV"
- Resources: ArtsElectric, Technical Committee on Computer
Generated Music
- Peer-to-Peer: XoloX
- Worth reading: < Eight Technologies That Will Change the
World >, < Untangling the Future >
- Broadband Content Multicasting System
- Conferences & Events
"Interactive TV"
Some evening, when the television listings are particularly
depressing, you can just shoot the TV. Using a movie camera.
Since creating a movie takes energy you don't have at the end
of the day, follow the guidance of an assistant professor of
mathematics at the University of Arkansas. With a good camera
and a bad TV you can create a wide variety of kinds images by
having the TV show what the camera sees and pointing the
camera at the TV. Two things create most of the effects: the
angle of the camera with respect to the image on the screen,
and the relative size of a pixel on the TV screen and the image
of a pixel on the TV screen. To a lesser extent, lighting and
images of other things, such as the side of the TV set, play a


ArtsElectric, founded by Electronic Music Foundation president
Joel Chadabe, is a worldwide calendar, information center, and
directory for new music and the media arts. Its goal is to
provide an easily accessible and up-to-date resource for
information about the most interesting music and media arts
events in the world. Event and artist information is provided to
users through: a regularly updated and dynamically searchable
database; feature articles focused on key people, projects,
issues, and events; highlighted mentions on important pages
within the site; and a monthly email newsletter.

Technical Committee on Computer Generated Music
The TC on Computer Generated Music (TCCGM) addresses
the interdisciplinary area lying between signal processing and
artistic computer music, and is about the constructions of tools,
software and hardware that can be applied to problems of
computational music and musicology - an analogon to
computational linguistics. The TC is for practitioners and
researchers interested in projects that deal with computational
aspects of music and musicology. It establishes a forum for the
exchange of ideas, project results, and proposals through
magazines and journals, workshops and conferences - up to
the introduction of new media for publication. The main goal of
the TC is the promotion of Computer Generated Music
everywhere, including academia and research laboratories, to
give graduate students and faculty members the opportunity to
investigate new topics where the emphasis, instead on
quantitative issues, is on qualitative problems that have to do
with common sense, intuition, aesthetics - the ultimate
challenge of contemporary computer science.

Sonaris supports IWA - the International Webcasting

XoloX is back
Dutch file-sharing developer is the first to operate under an
affirmative court ruling protecting the legality of peer-to-peer
(P2P) software
< AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, June 3 - Spurred by the recent
Dutch Court of Appeals ruling that protects the development
and distribution of file-sharing software, Netherlands-based
XoloX B.V. has made a return to the peer-to-peer community.
Once very popular in file-sharing circles, with more than a
million users, XoloX discontinued development of their software
last year due to the November 2001 Dutch court legal ruling
against another Netherlands-based file-sharing company,

The court ruling held Kazaa liable for Napster-like copyright
infringement ordering the company to shut down or face
$40,000 in daily fines. Unlike Kazaa, XoloX does not operate a
private user network, but connects to the public Gnutella
network. On March 28, 2002, the Dutch Court of Appeals
reversed the lower court's opinion. While the decision came too
late for Kazaa, which was sold to an Australian firm, the ruling
has paved the way for the current comeback of XoloX.

P2P Internet sites have been buzzing for weeks about the
rumor that XoloX was returning. XoloX originally burst on the
file-sharing scene last summer and quickly gained a big
following due to its ease of use, powerful search results and
unforgettable quirky name (pronounced Zo-locks). "We
developed XoloX with three goals in mind: ease of use,
reliability and speed," said Arno Steenbekkers, managing
director of the newly resurrected XoloX B.V. and one of the
original company's founders. "We borrowed AOL's market
strategy of making a complex technology as simple as possible
to use so that it would have mass-market appeal. We intend on
bringing P2P file sharing to a legion of new fans that up to now
have found other software applications just too difficult to use."

XoloX gained its reputation as innovators by being the first
Gnutella client to offer multiple downloading and partial
downloads, similar to its former countrymen, Kazaa. However,
unlike the published media reports raising privacy concerns
about the use of Kazaa, XoloX does not contain any 3rd party
software, commonly referred to as Spyware or Sneakware. >

Worth reading:

Eight Technologies That Will Change the World
By Brad Wieners
< What happens when today's tech trends begin to intersect
and feed off one another? They'll spawn new fields of
knowledge that will transform everything. >
(...) < Bionic arms, for example, will be made of flexible,
electroconductive plastics that take orders directly from the
brain. At the University of New Mexico, researchers have
outfitted a skeleton with polymer muscles that enable it to pedal
a bicycle. Eventually they hope to create prosthetic hands so
nimble that an amputee could learn to type or play the piano. >
Full article at:,1640,40435,FF.html

Untangling the Future
By Paul Saffo
< Technologies never move in straight lines. They wander.
They cross-pollinate. And they create opportunities you'd never
expect. >
Full article at:,1640,40434,FF.html
Broadband Content Multicasting System

NEC, NEC CustomTechnica, NEC Cable Media, and Japan
Digital Serve (JDS) announced June 11 that they are
comarketing and selling the B3 broadband content multicasting
system to cable operators and hotels.
The B3 system consists of a content distribution system on the
content provider side, and the SmartVisionB3, a streaming
receiver, on the viewer side. The system can multicast about 50
500Kbps streaming content items over an analog channel.
SmartVisionB3 features a program guide to help viewers check
the programs they want to watch.
The NEC group is providing the system hardware and software
as well as system development service, while JDS is providing
the system and the service platform to cable operators and

Conferences & Events

June 19-21, 2002, Cologne, Germany

The 3rd Workshop and Exhibition on MPEG-4
June 25-27, 2002, San Jose, CA, USA

Mobile Multimedia Messaging Content &
Applications Congress
June 26-28, 2002, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

June 28-29, Budapest, Hungary

NetMedia Awards
July 4, 2002, London, UK
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August 15-17, 2002, Cologne, Germany

MIAC 2002
August 25-26, 2002, Toronto, Canada

ICME 2002 - IEEE Int. Conf. & Expo on Multimedia
August 26-29, 2002, Lausanne, Switzerland

Ars Electronica Festival
September 7-12, 2002, Linz, Austria

IBC 2002
Conference September 12-16, 2002, Exhibits September 13-
17, 2002, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The NAB Radio Show
September 12-14, 2002, Seattle, WA, USA

Streaming Media East 2002
October 2-4, 2002, New York, NY, USA

AES 113th Convention
October 5-8, 2002, Los Angeles, CA, USA

ISMIR 2002 - 3rd Int. Conf. on Music Information Retrieval
October 13-17, 2002, Paris, France

FUTURE TV Workshop
October 25-31, 2002, Helsinki, Finland

Content Summit 02
November 6-8, 2002, Zurich, Switzerland

NAB European Radio Conference
November 11-13, 2002, Paris, France

Doors of Perception
November 14-16, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

WEDELMUSIC 2002 - 2nd Int. Conf. on Web Delivery of Music
December 9-11, 2002, Darmstadt, Germany

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