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Web

Function to hide pages from the editor view on the dashboard of WordPress per user capability

I’m building a multi-user WordPress environment. The users are divided in groups with certain privileges. The privileges mostly concerns the backend, or the dashboard of WordPress. The purpose is to restrict the users’ ability to edit certain pages.

It’s straightforward to control user’s abilities with a role and capability plugin like Members. It’s not possible to control the user’s abilities in the dashboard with Members however. In that case it’s useful to create specific filters for the groups which show just the pages a group can edit.

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Web

Live feeds from Deepwater Horizon disaster site

I don’t know how long the operations at the BP oil spill site are going to take, but they can be followed via live feeds from underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROV) working at the site. I’ve collected the feeds to a single page. (Operations are over, link is disabled).

It’s convenient to save the page and open the resulting HTML file locally on your computer. The page acts as a mediator, so you can take it anywhere. If you change the size of the browser window the media player sizes can be set to accommodate the new window size by refreshing/reloading the page.

Clicking the title of a feed opens the view to a pop-up window.

Update 20th July: New feeds have been added.
Update 18th August: Inactive feeds removed.
Update 2nd September:
Feeds added
Update 18th September: Feeds updated
Update 5th November: Main operations at the site have ended and the page has been taken down.

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Sound

Sound design for an exhibition

The Finnish Aviation Museum organized an exhibition about flight related myths and legends. The exhibition is called Myyttinen Lento or Mythical Flight in English. The exhibition was designed to spur imagination of kids (and adults). One of the objects of the exhibition was a magic carpet you could ride yourself.

For the design I co-operated with Marko Ahokangas from Dept. of Lighting and Sound Design of Theatre Academy of Finland. Marko created the sounds and I programmed the player. Plogue Bidule was used to create an ever changing and never repeating soundscape, which was fed to an eight channel PA-system, which encompassed the exhibition space.

The location of the sounds in space was controlled by four  separate eight channel linear output selectors, which were modulated by independent sine wave oscillators. The sounds were divided in two categories – fast and slow sounds were panned and controlled by separate sub-programmes.

One layer of the soundscape was a synthesized wind like instrument, which picked its pitch (Via FFT) from the other sounds and acted as the musical element. For example when a sound of an airplane was playing and the synth was trigged the synth picked a frequency from the sound of the airplane and generated a musical tone that was in tune with the sound of the airplane.

Provided here is a two channel sample of the completed soundscape.

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Web

Website for a youth camp

The theme of the camp is derived from the Finnish folklore. The camp is for 10 to 16 year old children and youth. The site was built with WordPress. Besides designing the website I created the visuals and graphics, and I’m also responsible of the media production for the whole event.

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Art

Jungle of Sound

Ääniviidakko (Jungle of Sound) is a generative and synthetic rainforest/jungle soundscape installation. It was created for the chill out space of Manaus techno party, held in Helsinki. It was not possible to sonically separate the chill out space very well from the main stage, and it would have been futile to have a DJ there.

The totality consists of eight separate layers, which are in constant tranformation and rhythmically independend of each other. No natural sounds have been used as the source. A few irrelevant rhythmical and melodious elements are driven through a multitude of effects, which create a jungle-like soundscape, which never repeats itself.

The cycles are quite long, and the soundscape goes through impressions of night and day, relaxation and activity. On top of that stochastic midi generators drive a few software synthesizers, which simulate wind and water-like noises.

A collage of real jungle and rainforest sounds is used as a secondary source to liven up the synthetic main composition. These are mainly birds, which at times rise up to be heard.

Realized with Plogue Bidule

Exhibitions:
2008 Manaus party chill out area, Helsinki