50. Licks, tricks and cheats

Carolan Guitar

Carolan has been to stay with Mark Rouncefield, a researcher and guitar player from Lancaster. In his professional life Mark is an ethnographer who is well known for his naturalistic studies of how computers are actually used in real-world settings. At home, he invests considerable time into learning the guitar, including regular lessons with his teacher Willy Fluss. Carolan spends a week with Mark, after which we sit down to discuss guitars, the blues and the lifelong journey of learning to play …


Mark’s passion is for the blues and he can clearly recall that the first tune he ever learned was Freddy King’s ‘Hideaway’ so he’s naturally interested in some of Carolan’s previous blues players such as Jimmy Wiggington and Joe Barber from way back in post 33. He recalls how, like many, he began learning from books, but now increasingly draws on tracks transcribed by his…

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By stevebenford

Steve Benford is Professor of Collaborative Computing in the Mixed Reality Laboratory at the University of Nottingham. He currently holds an EPSRC Dream Fellowship and is the Director of the EPSRC-funded Horizon Doctoral Training Centre in Ubiquitous Computing. He is also a Visiting Researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge and was the first Visiting Professor at the BBC in 2012. Academically, Steve has received best paper awards at the ACM’s annual Computer-Human Interaction (CHI) conference in 2005, 2009, 2011 and 2012 (with honorable mentions in 2006 and 2013). He also won the 2003 Prix Ars Elctronica for Interactive Art, the 2007 Nokia Mindtrek award for Innovative Applications of Ubiquitous Computing, and has received four BAFTA nominations. He was elected to the CHI Academy in 2012. His book Performing Mixed Reality was published by MIT Press in 2011.

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