Thursday, March 21, 2013

Virtual Paul's Cross Project Featured in NC State's RESULTS

The Virtual Paul's Cross Project is part of a feature story on NC State's new Hunt Library in the latest issue of NC State's Magazine RESULTS, which reports on topics in research, innovation, and economic development.

The full story, with a photograph of yours truly, is here. 

We are working up to our installation of the project at the Hunt Library in September. This story talks about uses of technology in humanities research projects.

They get up to saying things like this:

To pull together a state-of-the-art multimedia project takes Wall far outside his discipline. On any given day you may find him working with a linguist, architect, actor, acoustic engineer, archaeologist or research assistant. Experts from Oxford, Cambridge, the British Library and, of course, St. Paul's Cathedral are among the project's advisers.

It's good to live "far outside" my discipline. Takes a certain discipline to do that. And especially all the great collaborators I'm privileged to work with. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

New Website Up and Functional!

The Virtual Paul's Cross Project has a new website here that is fully featured and rich with information.

Included is a significant body of audio files that allow the user to hear John Donne's complete sermon (all 2 hours and 15 minutes of it) from 2 different positions in Paul's Churchyard. One of these recordings is heard from the Sermon House, the other from a spot in the ground in front of the Paul's Cross preaching station.

Also included are excerpts from the sermon heard from 7 different positions in the Churchyard and in the presence of 4 different sizes of crowd.

There are also extensive discussions of the process we have been through to create this site, as well as a library of all the historic and contemporary materials we have brought together to create the visual and the acoustic models and to recreate Donne's sermon for Gunpowder Day, November 5th, 1622.

There are also a large number of images of the visual model, in both its basic and rendered states.

Please explore the site, and let us know what you think.