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Workbook2 musical heirlooms in digital age

  1. 1. Musical Heirlooms in a Digital AgeAnhe GuoAndrew Hettlinger 1
  2. 2. 03 INTRODUCTION04 EXEMPLARS06 CONCEPTS Piano with Camera and Photo Frame Stand Digital Music Box13 REFERENCES 2
  3. 3. INTRODUCTIONJust about every family has an heirloom of onesort or another. They can be something as simpleas a locket or a watch, or as extravagant as afamily estate. Heirlooms have value because ofwhat they represent. They represent a personsor familys history: where theyve been and whattheyve done. They are evidence of the past pre-served in the present.We chose to focus on heirlooms surrounding thetopic of music, and more particular, heirlooms thatwould be meaningful to a family of musicians.Families of musicians have opportunities thatother families do not. They can play together asa family, parents can tutor their children, and theycan travel to exotic places for performances. Wewanted to explore the domain of digital heirloomsthat could preserve and protect these unique op-portunities in a way that would be meaningful totheir owners. 3
  4. 4. EXEMPLARS This service, offered by an indi- vidual, was the only service discov- ered that deals with musical arti- facts as heirlooms. As part of this service, musical instruments that are no longer played are converted into usable table lamps. While this is a unique and creative service, the heirlooms that are created are static and may not convey much meaning to later generations. 4
  5. 5. EXEMPLARS The majority of services that we found offering digital heirlooms all generally offered the same services as these two. The status quo for today is to simply digitize exist- ing artifacts (photos, videos, old newspapers, etc), perform touch- up on them, and to optionally hold them for your surviving descen- dants. This is a logical and useful first step for preserving existing items which can be digitized, but the digital artifacts may not contain the same meaning as their physical counterparts. The digital should be tied to the physical. 5
  6. 6. CONCEPTS | Piano with Camera and Photo FramePianos are both individual and social instruments. When a family surrounds a piano to sing Christmas carols, fond memories aregenerated, but the interactions that compose those memories are difficult to capture. Additionally, if a family member does happento have a camera at hand, interesting candid moments may occur and pass by before that person has a chance to make their cameraready to capture them. 6
  7. 7. CONCEPTS | Piano with Camera and Photo Frame An upright piano can be augmented to record it’s own history and the history of its players by adding a camera, recording device, and a digital picture frame. While the piano is being played, it will randomly take snapshots of its player and record the music that’s being played at that moment. This presents the op- portunity to capture unique and memorable moments with the piano. The images that are captured are then displayed in slide show fashion on a digital pic- ture frame which sets on the piano. If a person view- ing the images becomes interested in one in particu- lar, they can have the piano play back the music that was being played when that image was taken. Over several years, a history of the piano can be collected and shared all within the piano itself. 7
  8. 8. CONCEPTS | Embedded MemoriesMusic professionals travel quite a lot for performances and various “gigs”. These trips have the potential totake the musicians to distant places where they would want to purchase souvenirs to remember their experi-ence there. These souvenirs can be collected and displayed as memories for themselves and their families ifthey happened to come along on the trip. 8
  9. 9. CONCEPTS | Embedded MemoriesBesides souvenirs, musical professionals also collect other objects related to their trips, such as lo-cal newspapers which report the performance, or video and CD recordings of the performances. TheEmbedded Memories device will connect the souvenirs with all the other digitalized data related to thesame travel. When a souvenir is put on this device, the family could view related digital data on a TVor other display devices. In this way, the stories behind the heirlooms will be kept. 9
  10. 10. CONCEPTS | Digital Music BoxMusic boxes are delicate devices that have special meanings when given as gifts. The meaning is cre-ated both from the person giving the gift, and the music that is contained within. An emotional linkis created for the recipient between the music and the giver so that the recipient is reminded of thegiver each time they hear the music. The meaning created through the emotional link also adds valueto the music box creating an heirloom-worthy object. 10
  11. 11. CONCEPTS | Digital Music Box The digital music box looks just like a traditional mu- sic box on the outside, but on the inside, the music device is replaced with a digital music player and an image screen is placed on the underside of the lid. The device can be loaded with music that is important to the owner and may have emotional meanings for them. The owner can also load images that are re- lated to the music that will be shown on the lid when the music is playing. When the device is passed on to a new owner, that new owner can experi- ence the memories of the previous owner(s) and also add their own music and images that will eventually be shared with the next owner. 11
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  13. 13. REFERENCESPrimary Attribution Secondary AttributionSource: Interview with the Clark family, Anhe Guo Source: Instrument lamps and Andrew Hettlinger 16 February 2012 Source: Heritage KeepImage: IPad on piano, Anhe Guo 24 February 2012 Source: Digital HeirloomsImage: Tom plays the saxophone, Andrew Hettlinger 24 February 2012 Image: Family Image, monasosh Souvenirs, Andrew Hettlinger 24 February 2012 Image: Bookshelf Newspaper, Andrew Hettlinger bookshelf-169896325 24 February 2012 Image: End tableImage: Saxophone engraving, Anhe Guo 24 February 2012 end-table-stockholm-110288.htmImage: Saxophone detail, Andrew Hettlinger Image: World map 24 February 2012 world_map_simple.png.html Image: Musical family, Andrea Rose 5307601322/ 13
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