BBC radio interview

Was interviewed this afternoon by BBC radio Ulster about the BeatBearing project. Apparently it should be appearing in tomorrows `What’s Next‘ program at noon (with a repeat on Monday at 19:30). One benefit of the interview was that in preparing the demo I’ve managed to get the BeatBearing to sync fairly reliably with Ableton Live – a feature that’s always been a little shaky before. I’ll attempt to get the video evidence of this up soon!


Calling all Makers!



The MAKE magazine article showing how to build your own BeatBearing is now out digitally and on the news racks. You can have a look at a digital preview here. Here’s the blurb:

“MAKE Volume 17 goes really old school with the Lost Knowledge issue, featuring projects and articles covering the steampunk scene, makers creating their own alternative Victorian world through modified computers, phones, cars, costumes, and other fantastic creations. Projects will include an elegant Wimshurst Influence Machine, an electrostatic generator built entirely from Home Depot parts, a “Florentine Flask” siphon coffee brewer, and a tea cup-powered Stirling Engine. The section will also cover watchmaking, letterpress, the early multimedia art of William Blake, and other wondrous and lost (or fading) pre-20th century technologies.”

If you or anyone you know ends up making a BeatBearing it would be great to see some photos of the results. I’m trying to gather together as many examples as possible to use as design cases for my PhD thesis. This is a chance for your project to immortalised and documented in the same thesis as the original BeatBearing, so please get in contact with me at: pete [at] petecube [dot] com.
An alternate method is to add your project to the relevant section of the BeatBearing forum. This forum may also be useful for finding tips and revisions to the design. Please post in the forum first before directly emailing me with questions, as this will benefit all other makers with the same problem!

Radio Interviews

A couple of new radio interviews with me talking about the BeatBearing:

  1. Morning Ireland” on RTE. This interview also includes my PhD supervisor Sile O’Modhrain and SARC colleague Mark McKeague. Mark talks about his Twitter radio project – I’ll include the video below. Thanks to Eimear Lowe for doing the interview. You can download/listen to the interview here: [mp3] or [stream]
  2. Phantom Daily” on Dublin’s Phantom 105.2 fm. In this interview I get to waffle on about the Tenori-on, acid house and free jazz amongst other things BeatBearing related. Thanks to Róisín O’Dea and Simon Maher for the interview. You can listen/download the interview from here: [mp3]

p.s. More info on Mark’s Twitter Radio in this BBC story


BeatBearing on BBC newsline

The BeatBearing appeared on BBC newsline (Northern Ireland) on Tuesday. The online article contains a streamable clip of the extended feature, or you can download it from here:
Download small version – 6MB (same video as above)
Download large version – 40MB


Thanks to Chris Page (shown above) for organising, filming and editing the interview!

BeatBearing in the Times Online


An article on the BeatBearing is in the Times Online. Thanks to David Sharrock for the interview, and Alan Lewis for the photos (which I think are only going to appear in the print version, which should be out in the next couple of days). You can view the article here:
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article5574138.ece

BeatBearing on UTV

I had an interview on UTV last Thursday where I talked about the BeatBearing project and gave a brief demonstration. You can watch it above, or download it here:
Download small version – same as above (9MB)
Download full size version – (65MB)
There is also an online article.

Thanks to the UTV crew (shown above) for doing the interview – Sinead Johnson, Gary Mawhinney, Ashley Harris and Brian Newman. This was my first interview for television, and they did a great job of making it less nervewracking than I thought it may be!

BeatBearing on BBC Radio Ulster


Last Friday, after the BeatBearing was shown in the Irish News newspaper, I was invited onto the ‘Arts Extra’ show on BBC Radio Ulster. This experience has made me realise quite how difficult it is explaining a tangible interface to a radio audience. I’m also glad it wasn’t a live broadcast, as the BeatBearing decided to stop working half way through the interview and needed some coaxing (and a reboot of Ableton Live) to work again.

If you’re quick, you can catch the whole show using ‘listen again’ on the BBC iPlayer:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00gnrcr/Arts_Extra_16_01_2009/
The BeatBearing section starts around 10 minutes into the program. Otherwise you can listen to just the section on the BeatBearing here:
http://www.sarc.qub.ac.uk/~pbennett/audio/BeatBearingRadioUlster.mp3

Many thanks to Conor McKay for organising the interview, and to Kim Lenaghan (pictured above) for the interview itself.

BeatBearing in the Irish News


The BeatBearing is featured in an article on page 5 of the Irish News today. The title is “Scientist beats Bush, Britney and Paris Hilton all hands down” referencing the number of hits the BeatBearing YouTube demo recieved. You can read the article by clicking on the image above, and the online version is here. Thanks goes to Rose Baker for writing the article.