Audio Classification

Audio Classification

State of the Art Audio Classification – Simply by Erik Tomica, Design Enterprise Studio Member, March 2021 Have you ever wondered how can humans recognise music and sounds in just a couple of seconds? And how applications like Shazam replicate that despite of such a vast amount of music released every year? How are humans able to tell someone’s emotion based on the tone of their voice and would a machine be able to do the same without any understanding of what emotion is? This post aims to answer some of these questions in a simple way. There won’t be any technical terminology and if so, this will be very simply explained so let’s dive right in:A lot of progress in machine learning and­ IT in general comes from understanding humans, how we do things and why. In the case of audio recognition and audio classification we [humans] have have taken inspiration from mother nature once again. It all started with a simple question:...
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NFTs for Digital Artists

NFTs for Digital Artists

Are NFTs the future for Digital Media Artists? by Joe Hall, Design Enterprise Studio Member, March 2021The emergence of NFTs (or non-fungible token) has come from the surge of popularity in blockchain technology over the last few years. On the 11th of March 2021, the first purely digital NFT based artwork offered at an auction house, ‘The First 5000 Days’ (shown here), was sold at Christie’s for $69 million. The artist, Beeple, became one of the top 3 most valuable living artists because of this sale. He started his NFT career on Nifty Gateway, a marketplace for Nifties (their word for NFT’s), back in October 2020 with the 3 open edition artworks he released in December 2020 for $969, reselling for as much as $125,000 in March 2021. My name is Joe Hall, I am a multimedia designer and videographer. Recently I have been obsessed with all thing’s cryptocurrency, especially how they can be used to improve the Digital Media industry. Looking into...
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Web AR

Web AR

Web AR by Quince Gore-Rodney, Design Enterprise Studio Member, March 2021Web-based Augmented Reality, aka WebAR, is one of the most exciting technologies at the forefront of web development. Augmented Reality (AR) is the connection of real life with a digital world, allowing us to extend reality through our computer devices. As a graduating student with an interest in 3D technologies such as three.js/react-three-fiber, I’m vested in the possibilities that augmented reality can do to 3D graphics and how it can give them more relevance to the real world.While plenty of Augmented Reality use mobile app systems to bootstrap the technology like ARKit, ARCore, Vuforia etc. (Timchenko et al, p.211, 2017), they require downloading a separate application. WebAR content on the other hand, can be loaded instantly from the internet. This illusion of the physical world mixing combined with the ability of the internet, means WebAR provides instant immersion.When WebAR was well in its infancy, it required web plugins such as ARToolkit,...
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Working in Media

Working in Media

Interview with a Media Professional by Victoria Harrison, Design Enterprise Studio Member, March 2021Firstly I would like to thank Molly Smith for taking the time to answer a few questions about her life, I hope these questions give students a good perspective towards life and challenges faced by media professionals today.So to start, please could you  introduce yourself and give a brief synopsis of your current career and any other media involvement?"I'm Molly. I've been in the media industry from 19 years old with a three year media production degree gap at 21years. I worked in corporate and private media industries until 2014 when I got a job with the BBC News. Triumphing various roles within the BBC from NTA, Series Producer, Floor Manager, to my current role: camera operator and video editor.Before the pandemic I was also involved in starting a live streaming company for club nights (https://www.sixseventymedia.com) – which has now been pulled back to studio streaming only as...
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Media Production & Covid

Media Production & Covid

Media Production Workflows under Covid-19 by Ryan Hope, Design Enterprise Studio Member, Jan 2021It seems like the Covid-19 pandemic is in a never-ending state to many of us at this point in our lives, with more restrictions being forced into action due to the increasing infections and death rates around the globe. Lots of organisations and small businesses will struggle to survive this downturn of events, and television and film productions have already been hit heavily by the impact of the virus.The film and media industry provides entertainment that forms a huge part of everyone’s lives and is something we could not live without in current times. However there have been changes. Many major films have been pushed back for release including the new James Bond or Marvel films, and of course, with many cinemas temporarily closed during the lockdown, online streaming services have surged.  How has this affected audio-visual production behind the scenes and what are companies doing to adapt...
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