Sunday, July 31, 2011

LIBRO /// Flips 5: Music vs Motion

Flips es una revista de diseño en formato libro de la que creo que se publicaron al menos ocho números monográficos sobre diferentes temas (animación, gráficos 3D, ídolos virtuales, etc.). Actualmente diría que ya no se publica porque la web ya no existe, pero se puede encontrar en IdN Proshop.

El número 5, titulado Flips 5: Music vs Motion, se dedicó al tema de las relaciones entre música y movimiento. No se trata de un libro sobre música visual, se centra exclusivamente en diseño y publicidad –hasta tal punto que en el DVD en algunos videoclips no se incluye el nombre del grupo, sólo el del estudio que lo hizo. A mí personalmente el diseño y la publicidad no me interesan, pero si os atrae la parte más comercial del mundo creativo seguro que le encontráis mucho más atractivo que yo.

Se editó en 2001, así que a estas alturas quizás funciona más como catálogo arqueológico que como muestra de lo que se está haciendo en la industria. En cualquier caso, son 300 páginas a todo color con entrevistas a estudios como Airside y Barnbrook, e incluye un DVD con decenas de vídeos (básicamente videoclips y anuncios). Algunas de las piezas incluidas me parecen muy comerciales y prescindibles, pero hay otras a las que encuentro cierto atractivo, especialmente en el apartado dedicado a vídeos musicales. Por mencionar algunas que se pueden ver online, nombraría los videoclips Golden Shower: Video Computer System y Ural 13 Diktators: Name of the Game, ambos de Lobo.



Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Seeing Sound 2 [29th/30th October 2011, Bath]



Following the success of the first Seeing Sound event in 2009, Bath Spa University (UK) will once again host an informal two-day symposium exploring multimedia work which foregrounds the relationship between sound and image.

We aim to explore areas such as visual music, abstract cinema, experimental animation, audiovisual performance and installation work through paper sessions, screenings and performances.

This year will see a focus on direct sound - the generation of sound and music from visual material (by various techniques including images drawn or photographed on an optical film soundtrack drawing directly on to an optical film soundtrack for example). This practice is almost as old as sound cinema itself and has influenced the development of both electronic music and abstract cinema/visual music.

We will explore this theme with the help of input from four key speakers (brief biography outlines below):

Mick Grierson will be discussing the exhibition of Daphne Oram's Oramics machine at London's Science Museum, including the impact of co-curated contributions from experimental audio/visual artists, ex-BBC radiophonics workshop personnel and EMS staff, through the lens of his research around audiovisual perception.

Cindy Keefer, director of the Center for Visual Music, will discuss Oskar Fischinger's 1932 Ornament Sound experiments and his influence on Visual Music.

Volker Straebel will discuss composition and production of synthesized sound in John and James Whitney's "Five Film Exercises" (1943/44).

Andrey Smirnov will present an overview of censored and lost sound experiments in Russia, 1910 to the 1930s including Graphical Sound, Noise Orchestras and related sound machines with music and video examples.

A call for papers and creative works will be published soon.

Mick Grierson is Director of Creative Computing at Goldsmiths College, and Director of the Daphne Oram Collection.

Cindy Keefer has taught, curated, lectured and published on Visual Music and Oskar Fischinger internationally. She has preserved dozens of historical visual music films by Fischinger, Belson, the Whitneys, Dockum, Bute and others; currently she is co-curating an upcoming traveling Fischinger museum exhibition.

Volker Straebel is a musicologist focusing on electro-acoustic music, the American and European avant-garde, intermedia, performance and sound art. He is co-director of the Electronic Music Studio at Technische Universität Berlin and currently a fellow at the Research Focus Media Convergence at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. Furthermore, he is curatorial adviser to contemporary music festival MaerzMusik and has realized and performed indeterminate works by John Cage and himself.

Andrey Smirnov is an interdisciplinary artist, composer, engineer, researcher and developer of electronic music techniques, author, curator, educator. He is a founding director and the Senior Lecturer of the Theremin Center for Electroacoustic Music at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. He is collecting and keeping unique archives on the history of Audio Computing and Music Technology in the early 20th century Russia as well as a collection of original historical electronic musical instruments.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Russell Haswell @ Snape


Russell Haswell performed modular sythesiser, with real-time stereo/phase scope metering, at the opening of the festival exhibition: SNAPE.
Russell Haswell es una de esas personas que estaría en mi corta lista de gente que hace cosas sublimes. Este vídeo es un fragmento de una actuación en el Aldeburgh Snape Maltings Concert House.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tresnak::Tools:: {00} [ Audio y video en tiempo real ] (Donostia)



Las jornadas de aprendizaje Tresnak::Tools abordan mediante sesiones introductorias el acercamiento a nuevas tecnologías, para su posterior aplicación al ámbito creativo. En estas sesiones se realizan pequeñas introducciones a distintas herramientas tanto de software como de hardware: un acercamiento a una tecnología concreta, ideal para aquellas personas sin conocimientos previos.

La primera sesión, que tendrá lugar el 21 y 22 de julio, estará dedicada al audio y video en tiempo real. Se presentarán VVVV y Open Frameworks en dos sesiones diferenciadas.

VVVV es un entorno visual de programación, ideal para prototipado rápido y desarrollo. Se utiliza principalmente para gráficos, audio y video en tiempo real e interactivos. En el curso se enseñará cómo crear entornos interactivos multimedia a través de interfaces físicas y salidas diversas.

Openframeworks es una librería de C/C++ diseñada para ayudar al proceso creativo, proporcionando un marco sencillo e intuitivo para la experimentación. Está especialmente pensado para artistas y diseñadores. Durante el curso se hará una introducción a la librería Openframeworks y se explicarán diversas técnicas para la creación de prototipos, principalmente relacionados con la interacción.

VVVV entorno visual de programación

Jueves 21 de Julio
11:00 Bienvenida, desayuno, introducción a Tresnak::Tools
11:30 12:15 Muestra de proyectos realizados en VVVV*
12:00 13:30 Install Lunch*
16:00 20:00 Sesión introductoria a VVVV - Patxi Araujo

Viernes 22 de Julio
11:00 12:00 Muestra de proyectos realizados en Open Frameworks*
12:00 13:00 Install Lunch*
16:00 20:00 Sesión introductoria a Open Frameworks - Karlos g Liberal

* La asistencia a las muestras de proyectos y sesiones de instalación no es imprescindible, pero si recomendable

Patxi Araujo es artista y profesor del Departamento de Arte y Tecnología de la Facultad de Bellas Artes de la UPV/EHU. Trabaja e investiga acerca del uso de las nuevas tecnologías y sus poéticas en relación a los discursos artísticos.

Karlos g Liberal (Patxangas) Cyberpunk de espíritu cree que en el código se puede encontrar la “belleza” Miembro del colectivo de experimentación electrónica Teknotrakitana y socio fundador de la cooperativa Investic con mas de 12 años de experiencia trabajando con tecnologías web.

Es imprescindible que cada participante traiga su propio equipo informático.

Más información

Monday, July 11, 2011

incite/ live @ WRO11 - concert and interview



A incite/ los vi una vez en directo y me gustaron bastante. Esto es un fragmento de su concierto en la Bienal de media art de Breslavia (Polonia) el pasado mes de junio, con una pequeña entrevista.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Talysis II



Talysis II (2006) was the first in a series of artworks exploring the process of video feedback to create auto-catalytic self-generating artworks. Orginally comissioned for Art.ficial 3.0, São Paulo, 2006

Mimicking the classic analogue video feedback process, this software simulation creates complexity from an economy of means. A simple shape is passed around a circuit of renderers. Transformations of the shape are applied to its conveyance around the loop resulting in a multitude of feedback species, geometric tessellated formations, that transform and reconfigure over time.

The strict symmetries, quasi-hyperbolic surfaces and parabolic forms generated from this machine monologue allude to the works from Perceptual and Op-Artist movements of the 60’s.
Paul Prudence

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Les Objets Impossibles - Objet 1 (excerpt)



A live audiovisual concert in two parts, realized in collaboration with Arcadi, IRCAM, Ensemble Intercontemporain and Dmitri Kourliandski.

We created a realtime sound-reactive software to visualize the two pieces composed by Dmitri Kourliandski and performed by the Ensemble Intercontemporain.
IRCAM used 24 microphones to get a separated audio signal from each instrument of the ensemble.

Thomas Goepfer created a software which analyzes each signal and extract the sound information; the resulting data are sent to our software and used to animate the elements of the visual composition.

We interact in realtime controlling several parameters of the visuals and directing the camera movements.

We emphasized the strong dynamic and timbric contrast between the two musical compositions by finding different kinetic and material properties for the two visual counterparts.

The monolithic structure of the pieces lends itself to an architectural / sculptural representation, in which the elements are animated and recombined changing the general order but still maintaining the global identity of the work.

The observer is forced / led to change the point of view, explore the object discovering its different aspects and find out that in breaking the perceptual scheme lies the possibility of a new vision.
Abstract Birds

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Perforaciones - Perforations



Cinema made out of the minimum and essential: light, its projection and a violated media (black film obtained from processing unexposed colour footage). After "Cada cuatro fotogramas" (Every four frames), the approach to 'negative' filmmaking continues, building by demolition, the film showing us what survives the physical removal of any of its parts. The image is made of points of light on the verge of disintegration, holes that pierce a surface, the celluloid, giving us a compulsive drip of frayed forms that will make us think of the outbreak of the screen. The sounds of Mattin, cracked, shrill, lacerating trebles, stick to the images with a maximum relevance. From the very first frame, the movie's head-on approach avoids complacencies of any kind with the viewer, forcing him to question his sight and earing resistances.
Alberto Cabrera Bernal

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Arthritis Sonations (Cymatics)



Three Sonations used at Steamboat Healing Center in the treatment of Arthritic conditions, i.e. "General," "Degenerative," and "Rheumatoid." Numerous other Sonations for Arthritis are also employed in Sonatherapy at the Nevada facility.

For those with Arthritis in the hands it is helpful to hold the speakers in the palms. Volume may be adjusted. The visual images serve as a guide for directing vibrations where needed.
Via: #cymatics news