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Fieldwork by Christopher Burns

Fieldwork is a software environment for improvised performance with electronic sound and animation. Two musicians’ sounding performances are fed into the system, and analyzed for pitch, rhythm, and timbral change. When the software recognizes a sharp contrast in one performer’s textures or gestures, it reflects this change by transforming the sound of the other musician’s performance. As a result of this process, the musicians are not only responding to one another as in conventional improvisation, but they are also able to directly modify their duo partner’s sound by interacting with the software. Fieldwork emphasizes rapid, glitchy, and polyrhythmic distortions of the musician’s performances, and establishes unpredictable feedback processes that encourage unexpected improvisational relationships between the performers and computer.

Performed by Amanda Schoofs (voice) and Christopher Burns (guitar) on October 27, 2011, as part of the Unruly Music festival, a co-production of UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts and the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. [1]



Frrriction, an Album of Music from an Electrically-Augmented Drum Kit

Frrriction is a live solo improvisation with the electronically augmented drum kit. The instrument consists of a traditional jazz drum kit mounted with sensors, contact microphones, speakers and bespoke software programmed in MaxMSP. The acoustic kit becomes the control interface of the electronics by using various machine listening techniques, resulting in a very direct interaction between the two sound worlds. [1]



You can buy Frrriction by Christos Michalakos at bandcamp.

Live Animated Orchestra

Live performance of the Live Animated Orchestra recorded in April, 2009 in Paris. Based on the story of the Queen of Sheba, Makeda vs. Salomon is an experimental animated movie specially created for the music set of Arat Kilo (an ethiopian jazz band). It was originally performed in the parisian Art Gallery “Espace Brochage Express”.

The Live Animated Orchestra was originally formed in August 2008 to create the “Tattoo me!” performance (coming soon). While developping this project, It appeared very shortly that vjing was a great field of experiment for the trio. It is called Orchestra, because like musicians, the performers always have to improvise and play with their own feelings and hearts to achieve the impredicitible challenge of creating a live animated shortfilm.

Live Animated Orchestra is: Marie Anne Bacquet, Stephanie Cadoret and Aurelia Vuillermoz
Based on a MAx/msp patch created by Stephanie Cadoret [1]



Agnes Heginger and Karlheinz Essl – Into the Blue

The vocalist Agnes Heginger and the composer Karlheinz Essl have recently been performing a series of interesting improvisatory electroacoustic gigs called Out of the Blue (or some variation thereof).

Vocalist Agnes Heginger and composer Karlheinz Essl playing a free improvisation gig which took place at the atelier of the artists Johann Feilacher and Sylvia Kummer. All pieces were created without any agreement in realtime: out of the blue – into the blue…

Karlheinz was performing on his his self-developed realtime composition environment m@zeĀ°2 written in MaxMSP, whereas Agnes was utilizing poems by Ingeborg Bachmann and Joachim Ringelnatz. For the first time, Karlheinz was playing on a wooden sound sculpture created by Johann Feilacher which he was mauling with a variety of percussion beaters and a custom-made MaxMSP program for controlling the processing of the microphoned sounds in realtime. [1]

Vocalist Agnes Heginger singing a solo performance with herself using a canon generator written by composer Karlheinz Essl in MaxMSP. Her piece is based on a poem by Joachim Ringelnatz (“Gedicht in Bi-Sprache”) and was performed at the atelier of the artists Johann Feilacher and Sylvia Kummer. [2]



Karlheinz Essl performs his composition “non Sequitur” on a sound sculpture created for him by the Austrian artist Johann Feilacher. Karlheinz uses a variety of percussion beaters and a custom-made MaxMSP program for controlling the processing of the microphoned sounds in realtime. [3]



[1] http://www.essl.at/concerts/2010.html#into-the-blue

[2] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5zRC66bY6g

[3] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhIvI5sf-ZQ

Weather Duo

This is an abridgement of the live concert at Gates of Heaven Synagogue on July 6th, 2010, filmed by Peter Mackie. I’ve edited together a few moments from that performance to show the variance within our set of about 40 minutes. This is a combination of original compositions, guided improvisations, and free improvisations. Hopefully I’ll get more footage from this concert up soon. [1]



[1] http://vimeo.com/groups/46846/videos/13258317

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