Memory Plains Returning
a 3d sound sculpture by Adam Nash

Explanatory Notes:

Single User Version

Multi User Version
[currently unavailable]

Thursday 19th June, 2003, 7.30 pm British Summer Time
Performed live by Adam Nash at Folly Gallery, Lancaster, Kema T. Ekpei, Cornerhouse, Manchester, Alex Bradley, Watershed, Bristol, and John McCormick, Melbourne, Australia.
[This performance is over].
[A Report of the Performance is Available]

Single User Version

Requires a vrml browser - any currently available browser should work fine, but Cortona is recommended and was used in production.
It has been tested in Cortona, Contact, and CosmoPlayer on Windows.

Memory Plains Returning is a 3D musical suite in 7 movements:
Memory Boxes - Memory Forest - Memory Sheets -
Memory Plains - Memory Epiphany - Memory Used - Memorised Regret.

It is a web based, single user, 'passive' version of the work, which exists in singleuser and multiuser forms designed for live performance. This single-user version is designed for viewing/listening on the web or at a standalone computer, and can be experienced passively by simply loading the page, which defaults to a guided viewpoint journeying through the movements in the above linear order, temporally much like a 'traditional' piece of music (except there are visuals which are actually creating the music. This spatialised 3D sound is one of the marvellous properties of VRML - it works with any stereo setup, though headphones provide the best experience.). Experienced this way, the whole piece takes about an hour, but will loop indefinitely.

Should you wish to interact with the piece, use your viewpoint menu to jump between the different movements, and navigate as you please using your browser's controls and viewpoint menu. Each movement's local viewpoint menu will appear when in proximity. Simply return to the 'journey' viewpoint at the top of the list to resume the automatic experience.

The total download, including all geometry, sounds and textures, is ~350Kb

System recommendations: PC minimum Pentium3 w/128Mb RAM with TNT2 or equivalent video card 32Mb min installed with Cortona (www.parallelgraphics.com)

The piece is, unfortunately, not accessible to Apple Mac as no vrml browser currently exists for Mac that supports mp3 audio or the VNet java applet. This should be remedied in the near future.

Multi User Version
[currently unavailable]

Thursday 19th June, 2003, 7.30 pm British Summer Time
Performed live by Adam Nash at Folly Gallery, Lancaster, Kema T. Ekpei, Cornerhouse, Manchester, Alex Bradley, Watershed, Bristol, and John McCormick, Melbourne, Australia.
[this performance is over].

audience log on [link disabled]

System recommendations: PC minimum Pentium3 w/128Mb RAM with TNT2 or equivalent video card 32Mb min installed with Cortona (www.parallelgraphics.com)

The piece is, unfortunately, not accessible to Apple Mac as no vrml browser currently exists for Mac that supports mp3 audio or the VNet java applet. This should be remedied in the near future.

Entry to the multiuser world will close at 7.30pm British Summer Time please log-on by this time.

Audience members please log on via this link:audience log on [link disabled]

If you are unsure of your ability to access the multiuser world you should check beforehand at http://adam.tigahost.com/vnet-client/mpr_live_test.html A blue screen with a blue sphere, and a login applet at the bottom of the page should be visible. Type a name in the username field, press enter and be logged in to the test world, where the applet will change to a typical text based chat interface. Any problems, e-mail: adam@yamanakanash.net with "multi-user help" in the subject line.

adam at yamanakanash dot net