Barcelona, april 2012
A common sight in Berlin, February 2012
Link to video:http://routes-routines.constantvzw.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/SDC12760.ogv
A follow up test with the motion software: Three connected camera’s (picture will follow) pointing the same direction, recording simultaneously.
offcourse: bad quality (added another cheap webcam to my collection)
Issues to be looked into: the camera’s are not recording same amount of frames which causes sync problems.
Two camera’s record in opposite directions: If one looks up, the other looks down. I am playing around with Motion, a software made for surveillance. It seems an easy way to connect multiple usb camera’s and control their behaviour through a simple interface. Motion works with config files. As is explained in this manual; motion needs one general configuration file (motion.conf) from which you point to one configuration file per camera. (through so called ‘threads’) Here are mine (camera left, camera right, general)
Three audio files, recorded and mixed using the Compass recorder software and a game controller.
The set up allows to navigate a file structure and play back files while adding new recordings to the mix. This means: no post-mixing in a studio, but looping while walking the streets.
It also means that the audio below is quite rough: mono, recorded on a usb webcam hanging from my backpack in which my laptop is overheating to power the process.
The first on is recorded during a walk through the Brabantstraat, a busy shopping street in Schaarbeek.
The mix is in paste with my walking tempo. Trying to move on and not be obstructed by cars, pedestrians and lots of derivations. 1, 2, 3, 4 …
The following one is recorded in another corner of Schaarbeek, between square Pavillion and Place Verboeckhoven. Although the method is the same, the sounds are very different. Post-industrial, less people, edge off the city sounds.
On Place du Jeu de Balle you can’t really walk, you strawl, stand still linger, hang, turn in circles.
I tried to make that part of the way the mix is made. Less forwarding, more coming back to the same point over and over.
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A desktop recording from a multicamera walk around the block, displayed in several windows
Seen in Crooswijk, Rotterdam:
A panel with instructions how to behave in the neighbourhood.
People make the city
Header: “Inhabitants of the Rechter Rottekade” (street)
* We greet each other
* We welcome new residents
* We maintain our gardens
* We resolve differences of opinion
* We take part in activities for young and old
* Our street is quiet after 22:00
… and we keep each other to these rules
A 5 minute radio report of the Routes+Routines surveillance walk of April 7 was broadcast on VRT Radio1 in the program ‘De ochtend’ on April 13 2011. (Dutch spoken)
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