Something interesting's afoot in Leeds, as a group of the city's digital artists prepare to record its first geo-located album, Our City, Our Music.
We're all accustomed to certain 'geo-retarded' music only being available digitally in the US, but what Ben Dalton, Megan Smith and Ben Halsall are proposing is to shoot a couple dozen videos around the streets of the city - using HP's Mscape - capturing the contributions of local performers, artists, residents and filmmakers in a collective production.
Mscape's an interesting choice, retrofitting GPS-enabled devices to encode audio and video with locative data at the point of recording. Indeed, Our City, Our Music is the winning project a contest organised by Just-b, HP Labs and the Arts Council.
Throughout the coming year, the group will be shooting twelve live videos (one a month?) with the hope that local filmmakers and bands will volunteer to contribute to each segment of the project, providing a kinda locative, musical narrative to the city...and I think other cities if the project is a success.
Volunteers have until 4th January to apply...head on over to www.ourcityourmusic.com for more...