My AV performance is an ongoing exploration of the representation of every movement in the musical Improvisation in visual form. Whenever any part of the music is altered, be that FX, mixer fades, start/stopping of track stems, playing of instruments etc. the visuals respond accordingly. The music and visuals are deconstructions of the cinematic form, e.g. endburns from celluloid, and a similarly bastardised version of an ambient/hip hop soundtrack.
Three elements are at play:
1. live mixing of track stems using a modified version of the ableton live glitch factory template for the apc40 by mr bill and will marshall
2. monome emulation in max4live for instrumentation (monomodular suite by aumhaa) – controlled by lemur on iPad
3. max4live resolume objects controlling resolume avenue via OSC
I’ve been booked for a few AV gig dates over the next couple of months, all of them very exciting. This video is the ongoing process of this from December last year at the Exploding Cinema event referred to here
ARC Festival, Bristol – 27th April
Ultrachip, Edinburgh – 3rd May
Drop Beats not Bombs, Birmingham – 4th May
Live Performers Meeting, Rome – 22nd-26th May
I am also busy converting this to fulldome format so I can perform it in 360˚ and surround sound, sometime in June at the Thinktank Planetarium and beyond, during the summer festival season.
Before christmas I Gave a Performance at Goldsmiths University in London as part of the Besides the Screen festival organised by Exploding Cinema on 1st December. This is essentially the set i gave. More to follow…
I used a modified version of the glitch factory template by Mr. Bill and Will Marshall to mix stems of my tracks with the APC40 in Ableton Live.
Also in Ableton I used the Resolume and Livegrabber max4live patches to control the video in Resolume Avenue on another computer via OSC. Any rack FX controls on the channels used to glitch separate sounds also send control messages to glitchy video FX parameters on the layers of video in Avenue. As clips are triggered in Ableton’s session view, equivalent clips in the grid are triggered in Avenue also.
Having carefully considered (and prepared) what the equivalent clips and FX are in both audio and video, I can concentrate on the musical performance and all video will follow. I left a little room for freestyling at certain points.
On top of this somewhat linear playlist I used the awesome monomodular suite programmed by Aumhaa (which lets you set up monome patches within max4live and use a variety of grid controllers to manipulate them all) to embellish the performance with totally non linear methods like polygome and presscafe. I used the Lemur template for the iPad, seeing as i was already using the APC40 to mix the stems. It’s lovely.
Many thanks to Blanca Regina for getting me involved and everyone at the festival for putting me on.