Think I may have finally recovered from staging Notes for Walking! I’ve had lots of great feedback on the work- here are some mentions gleaned from Twitter in January. More here too.
I’m thrilled to report that I received the final iTunes figures today up until Jan 27. The Notes for Walking app received over 1,200 app downloads during the Festival- 1,227 to be exact. There were also over 1400 unique Junaio channel users during January. And with a steady stream of visitors onsite, many sharing devices in small groups, we estimate the work has experienced high audience numbers- likely to be between 3,000 to 4,000 visitors during the Sydney Festival in January. This is wonderful & really quite amazing news!
Thanks so much to Sydney Festival, Mosman Art Gallery, UTS CMAI, National Parks & Wildlife Service, MOB, UTS FASS, UTS CPCE, all my colleagues & friends, and all of you who came to visit Middle Head & experience the work. And though the signs will come down this week, you can still experience the work either via the app or Junaio- it is still there, living in the ether, for at least a while yet. I will also be producing a version optimised for iPad, for international release, very soon i.e. the next 4 weeks. I will keep you posted at the dedicated site Notes for Walking here:-
Notes for Walking was launched on Saturday January 5, 2013. We had a great launch with around forty people attending, and then exploring Middle Head. The overwhelming response was very, very positive! The Notes site and the Facebook page have a lot more photos. Running 5-27 January as part of the Sydney Festival.
I’m delighted to report that of day, of night has been included in the MLA 2013 exhibition, ”Avenues of Access: An Exhibit & Online Archive of New ‘Born Digital’ Literature” in Boston in January, 2013. Thanks very much for the inclusion, and in such fine company, too! MLA 2013
Notes for Walking was submitted to Apple (for iPhone) and to Junaio (for Android users) for release a few days back…now just a waiting game. Everything is looking great! In the meantime here is a preview of Note 3; featuring extra low frequency sound recorded at Middle Head itself.
I have been working away very intensely on Notes for Walking, editing the video notes, working with sound designer Michael Finucan on the sound and designing the app, using BuildAR. The app development and testing with MOB will be finished in the next few days. It is coming together extremely well, and I am starting to get very excited!! Here is an image of the opening Splash screen for the app, and more info on the dedicated Notes for Walking site.
In the last few weeks I’ve been working a lot with sound designer Michael Finucan to create a soundtrack for each of the notes. Michael has completed a heap of location recording at Middle Head, including hydrophonic (underwater) and ELF ( Extra Low Frequency) recordings, which are being integrated into both the Notes and to the surround sound mix for the gallery installation. The sound for the project is great, so if you have headphones, you should bring them along to enjoy the full mix. Here is a shot of Michael recording ELF on the headland.
Exciting news! Notes for Walking is included in the visual arts program of the Sydney Festival, 2013. Presented by the Sydney Festival in association with Mosman Art Gallery, and supported by the University of Technology and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. It is free and will be running from January 5-27 in daylight hours at Middle Head. The app will be available for download very soon.
Download the free app, explore Middle Head, and discover the Notes for Walking.
I’ve been editing a trailer for Notes for Walking, believe it or not, along with working madly to produce the work. Sound design by the very talented Michael Finucan, who is also doing sound for the smartphone app and the gallery installation. The app is currently in development, and is not yet available. Exciting announcement on the project in a couple of weeks!
There is a locked gate at Middle Head, leading down steep steps to the cliff’s edge. A lookout cabin made of iron and stone perches near the edge, above the place that is called The Sound. I’ve wondered about what you can see from behind that locked gate, for months now. Today I found out.