The RAPID-MIX Project
An informal presentation of the goals and first steps of the RAPID-MIX project. The RAPID-MIX consortium accelerates the production of the next generation of Multimodal Interactive eXpressive (MIX) technologies by producing hardware and software tools and putting them in the hands of users and makers. The research partners combine years of research in the design and evaluation of embodied, implicit and wearable human-computer interfaces and to bring cutting edge knowledge from three leading European research labs (IRCAM, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and Goldsmiths) to a consortium of five creative companies. RAPID-MIX draws upon techniques from user-centred design to enable a variety of products, ranging from expressive new musical instruments to next generation game controllers, interactive mobile apps and quantified self tools.
Zbyszyński has recently joined Atau Tanaka and Rebecca Fiebrink on the RAPID-MIX project. He is tasked with creating the RAPID-API, an open source api that aims to bring wearable sensors and machine learning to the larger community, inspired by open source projects such as Arduino, openFrameworks, and Processing. The RAPID-API strives to provide a universal toolkit for plugging the wide ranging expressive potentials of human bodies directly into digital technologies. http://rapidmix.goldsmithsdigital.com
Dr. Michael Zbyszyński is a Research Associate in the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths University of London. As a musician, his work spans from brass bands to symphony orchestras, including composition and improvisation with woodwinds and electronics. He has been a software developer at Avid, SoundHound, Cycling ’74, and Keith McMillen Instruments, and was Assistant Director of Pedagogy at UC Berkeley’s Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT: where he share an office with Matt Wright). He holds a PhD from UC Berkeley and studied at the Academy of Music in Kraków on a Fulbright Grant. His work has been included in Make Magazine, the Rhizome Artbase, and on the ARTSHIP recording label.