Today was a very productive day in which I finally have a full (audiovisual) demo of Забути тебе - це як дихати водою. I am especially proud of Scene 4 which my most successfully manipulated video section yet, similar in theme to Данные Изгиб, but more more critical thought given to the manipulations.
I do, however, wonder about how to present Забути тебе - це як дихати водою. Initially I just planned on a live performance, with an accompanying exhibition of error matrices. However, after watching this demo video in full, it seems somewhere between Вавилон/Батьківщина and П, which I suppose is what I wanted. So I guess what I am trying to say is, how do I best perform Забути тебе - це як дихати водою? And do I view it as a short film or merely a live performance, and should the film be looped, or documentation of a performance looped?
Firstly, the databent video manipulations could be achieved in Max, but would require multiple bounced layers. Clearly none of the manipulations done in Motion can or need to be replicated in Max. Scenes 1, 2, 3 have no manipulations to speak of (other than saturation) so they are going to be static playback anyway. Scene 5 could be implemented in Max, but where is the pointing in automating the process? Instead real-time control over the opacity of the memories might be a better solution.
Audio wise, I will perform vocals and mandolin, and also some settings on kontrolr. However, the main questions exists of whether the piece should be performed top-down or left-right (i.e. vertically like П, or horizontally like Вавилон/Батьківщина)? From an intuitive perspective, horizontally makes the most sense but then I am reliant on a backing track again. Vertically facilitates the triggering of clips via the launchpad, but as it is much more of a soundscape than П, and features live instruments, I don’t see how this could be feasible. In either case, I can create a new module which triggers events at certain bars etc. (i.e trigger Scene 2 video clip at bar #82).
Getting the balance between audio manipulations, instrument performance, and visual manipulation is key. For instance, I could control the opacity of the flashbacks in Scene 5, but I feel it is much stronger of a statement to perform the same riff on the mandolin over and over again. Personally I’ve found this creates a hypnotic sense, and metaphorically it can be linked to ‘a warm place’ in therapy, or on the flip side, hesitation marks.
For the exhibition, I am still planning on utilizing A3-ish sized prints, strained, and affixed to the wall using (yellow) electrical tape. We will be allowed into the space on Monday so it’ll be interesting to try stuff in the space then. How many prints to use? I think in the region of 10-15 is more than sufficient. I might need to go to A2 size though. I could also hang them using clips and a nail, again once I’m in the space I’ll have a clearer idea.