[Real Time Visuals] Workshop 2: Process-based Sound/Image Linkages
Today I attended Real Time Visuals Process-based Sound/Image Linkages, comprising of a daytime workshop, and evening concert. The workshop started with a keynote by Naut Humon, founded and artistic director of Recombinant Medial Labs, who spoke about their CineChamber space. Artists such as Pansonic, Ryoji Ikeda, Alvo Noto and Blixa Bargeld etc. have conducted residencies at the CineChamber, and then presented new works there. Recently they have developed a mobile version of the space, which has been on tour in America and Europe. This was presented at Transmediale 2011, and featured a performance by Signal (Alva Noto, Frank Bretschneider, and Byetone).
Here Naut noticed that people weren’t watching the performers as much as compared to the screens. In fact Transmediale wanted to determine if removing the performer would have an effect upon the audience.
Up next was Mick Grierson, who briefly mentioned his progression from sound to experimental cinema, and projects which investigate how to make music with deaf people. He worked with Roll7 and Neurosky to create a Wipeout-style AV game in which the tunnel is rendered different depending on the spectral of the song.
Then was Nuno Correia (presentation here) who discussed his collaboration Video Jack, and also custom AV software AVOL, AV Clash, and AVVX, all of which are web-based, and built in Flash. Nuno wishes for the audience to see what he sees, and thus his software (and performance) can be seen as a form of live coding. In AV Clash, he incorporated the freesound API such that any audio file can be dynamically loaded (or cached) into the performance, while with AVVX, he wishes to create a freesound.org-style library for visuals (written in vector graphics). He has recently finished a PhD, which was released as a book, and can be downloaded for free here.
Next was Anna Weisling who presented A Case for a Notation System, for Live Visual Performance, a discussion on her own visual notation system, which can be found in her Master’s dissertation. After lunch, was Toby Heys discussing a future piece, AUDINT (with Steve Goodman), based upon sonic deception by the US Military. Then Freida Abtan gave a discussion on surround video composition and multimedia performance, with reference to her work Flight of Birds.
Next Joseph Hyde spoke about The Seeing Sound research network, and that they’ll be shortly releasing a call for submissions for their 2013 conference (tentative dates 30th Nov - 1st Dec). He also mentioned Sound in Z, a book by Andrei Smirnoff on experimental music in Russian in the early twentieth century. After a short break, Ryo Ikshiro discussed his live audiovisualisation method in Construction in Kneading. Although Alvo Noto and Ryoji Ikeda work with similar ideas, he proposes audiovisualisation in which data (ie the output of a Mandelbox equation) is being both sonified and visualized at the same time.
Then Ireti Olowe discussed her recently-started PhD, focused on the sound visualization of multi-track electronic music. Finally was Toby Harris of D-Fuse who discussed the LIVE is Live Cinema. Toby’s argument is that once anything is practiced and tightly follows a score, it looses its ‘liveness’. He mentioned major pop performances, for instance Madonna and Deadmau5, which although are performing on the stage, aren’t live in the moment as they must get everything right and not make a mistake.
He thus prefers a definition of Live Cinema as one in which improvisation and performance are inevitably intertwined, and mentioned Lev Manovich’s discussion on soft cinema, before ending with
Cinema has always been live. Its a critical fiction.
The concert followed on from the workshops by featuring videos and performances by these presenters. I quite liked End Transmission by Joseph Hyde, however wished that it would have been live, and not an edited video. Ryo’s Construction in Kneading was very impressive, especially the rendering of the fractal itself, while Nuno Correia’s AV Clash is one of the most successful Live Coding pieces I have seen in a while. The concert ended with Mick’s aptly named Delusions of Alien Control pt. 4!