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Artists use UpStage to collaborate in real-time on live performances for an online audience, using the web interface to manipulate graphics, animations, text, text2speech, audio, web cams and drawing, creating live performances that are accessible to anyone with a standard browser and internet connection. The application, which is open source and written in Python, sits on a server so there is no need for artists or audience to download or install anything.
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with we've had 1 the Grants-in-Aid in this even years of of upstages existence we've had 2 grants and they really really small I'm sorry this is it's not appearing here unfortunately undeceived telling Sky News she said residency in Indonesia and working on and I connection that as I think just as reliable as the water fire stations so in mind and unfortunately you won't see things happening here but and basically what we what upstaged it's us doing is we as artists who are located in different places we can collaborate in real time to make performance of switch articles side of formants And we uploaded various media beforehand that can be animations and illustrations photographic media we upload them as as backdrops effort has an approximate the editor has to move around and in speech and using text-to-speech so computerized voices we weakening of audio files we came images and in real-time drawing on the stage and so it's quite a lot of different things that we combining which is and how entirely was here a graphics meeting because a lot of what we did is graphical with and there are a lot of people involved in what happened visual artists who is looking at ways to move the practice and we didn't get a username and performance and so it's a as an environment for collaboration with artists across different disciplines it's quite an exciting and replaced with that I thought it might be interesting just to talk a little bit about being an artist involved in and open-source software development because of the people touched on in use today and someone was saying that he seems to be quite get between the artists and the programmers and I don't know how many other open-source projects with but the way that status which is pretty but like you with come artists with the need and we see this is what we want Can you do it and most of the time it's use and and a lot of the time it's like well we could if we had lots lots of money and very really hit the program seed node we actually can do what you want have various artists involved in in the running of this people familiar in particular and over the last 7 years I've had to leave in about an for for example we use sourceforge is a repository for and is about trends and is things like that and had come to understand how things like this will end leading about agile software development and sprints and all of this and reading the technical documentation that the students provide which is quite often needs a whole lot more with before we can actually put it out here so sorry and now with of seasons 20 here and now that we've been going for 7 years we've built up quite a big user-bias we've got if still happening every year this is the 4th year and we had 19 performances that can be and depending on the 10th of October 29th human performance is created by artists around the world and upstaged and is a mailing list with a few hundred people and a very small develop Paul and 1 of the things that as an artist who my my experience of open sources from having to do whatever we need to do to get it done as 1 of the things I don't know how to do is engaged so if there is any 1 of these is all of we can give me advice about how to get people involved we have this high to neither of students who a fantastically enthusiastic about it I think it's the most interesting project that they get off at the University of thinking us quite dry and we're actually a lot of fun for them to work with so right but that the 4 year and that go on inside we have a big problem with keeping track of everything and original programmers still involved but he is so you much demand for other with that he gets paid for their rear at the bottom of the priority part of such alignment we have a lot of things that students have developed that we haven't been able to implement because we haven't been able integrate everything into the actual column that's on
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seasons online we show people how to use it and and we've got the still coming up in October so that's really good way to to see it and also there is some video exists on the web site that you can have a look at and i'll leave some little quiz outside the you with think but that stage
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