Cycling '74 as Silver Sponsor
Mar 10 2006 | Sponsors
The San Francisco based company Cycling '74 is a silver sponsor of SOUND NOMADS.
Happy Birthday Ger! Thank you for all the automated birthday e-/snail-mail greetings. My this year's birthday-donation goes to ... the former domain owner of gerger.com! This is a huge (though expensive) step and yes, I promise not to give future birthday-donations to myself again :-) I hope you like the new domain name as much as I do.
Update your bookmarks! After 10 years of existence of v-a-m-p.com, this site is now available at http://gerger.com .
Wow, that was fast. Tons of work and fantastic experiences lie behind me. Never a Year went by more quickly than 2006. Work updates, works on commission worldwide, o0oo upgrades, groundbraking productivity/workflow enhancements, 6 months nomadism in the United States and in November the Berlin art studio and apartment moved into a new space.
And of course: 2006 was the Year of the much-anticipated public sound/ performance art project SOUND NOMADS. But 2007 is going to be a blast! The equipment is still packed. Sensor repairs, postproductions but also preproductions in progress ... In queue: short SOUND NOMADS trips across Europe. This Year is going to be huge for SOUND NOMADS and further projects likewise.
Sound Huntings: 20 . Art Performances: 10 . Audio-/Backtracks: various tracks still in process
Active Nomads Hours: Jul/Aug/Sep: ca. 1300
Dokumentationsmaterial (Fotos/Video Clips): 16,958 files, 25.80 GB
Car: 15,000 mi, 5 flat tires, 1 car backed into Victor, 2 tickets, 3 cops, Gas: $2538.35, other car expenses: $3549.01
|GAS Apr||GAS May||GAS Jun||GAS Jul||GAS Aug||GAS Sep||GAS Oct|
DVD: estimated release Feb, 2007
STILL OPEN: Go for gold! The dog from our recent 'Play!' performance in Utah was buried in a nightly action at the beach of Santa Monica. Still no signs that it was found!
Santa Monica Watch Tower 7. Right back corner. 118 Ger Ger's feet (Puma Speed Cat P US Grey/Olive 9/EUR 42/UK 8/CM 27) to Pacific Coast Highway. Turn right. Keep on going 98 feet. Go for gold!
This is the end of the first SOUND NOMADS season and of this intense US tour. A continued series of performances will arise next year ...
The SOUND NOMADS project page with the full range of downloads and additional details will be complete in November.
|SEP 26||Art Performance: 'Lantern Dogs'|
|Location||Los Angeles, CA/USA|
|Timeframe||3:45-5:30 PM | ??:00 min. Video Runtime|
|Preparation||SEP 07, SEP 22 [2 days]. MAX/MSP, sound editing, track composing, callibration|
Los Angeles dogs and puppies. Sidewalks - rich, poor, famous, empty. Beverly Hills lost and found in translation. Who is the dog - we are what we do. Watch out for the sweet and lovely lamp posts - in broad light, by day and by night.
Technology: With the help of some self-developed RT noise generators, the lamp post become playable through distance sensors. Live audio inputs and master track round off the setting.
|SEP 25||Art Performance: 'Sound Pets LA'|
|Location||Los Angeles, CA/USA|
|Timeframe||1 day | ??:00 min. Video Runtime|
|Preparation||SEP 23-24 [2 days]. MAX/MSP, sound recording and editing, track composing, pet reconstruction, callibration|
Video Clip: Coming soon!
Never change a winning team ... after the success in San Francisco, we took the chance to reinvent the sound pets in LA with refurbished beats and a new language. Creatures fed with sound samples are playing their own rhythms based on the city's intensities of light and shadow.
Technology: Two light sensors - each mounted in a handsized transparent cube - are brought to life. A day around Los Angeles with the two unconventional pets. Software development for a certain level of autonomous intelligence and precise calibration allow these pets to emit beats and to place fast food orders along the way. Beat - order pet 1 - beat - order pet 2 - beat ... Light intensity (shadows of buildings, time of day, etc) as well as movements are responsible for the selection of fast food pool samples. The stopping of a pet manifests itself as the momentary arresting of the rhythmic chain.
|SEP 21||Art Performance: 'Victor's Desert Party'|
|Timeframe||5:00-7:00 PM | ??:00 min. Video Runtime|
|Preparation||SEP 07-08, SEP 21 [3 days]. MAX/MSP, sound recording and editing, track composing, callibration|
Video Clip: Coming soon!
Victor, the good guy behind the scenes. In honor of him a desert party was thrown last Thursday. Beats triggered by his turn signals, wired headlights, collective shaking/moving/sliding ...
Technology: In various ways the car becomes playable through sensors. Light sensors on the blinkers and on the headlights trigger samples; distance sensors generate sound changes to the master track when the car moves. Party karaoke thanks to the mic-in megaphone.
|SEP 20||Art Performance: 'Luxor 22.145'|
|Location||Luxor Hotel and Casino/Las Vegas, NV/USA|
|Timeframe||7:00 PM - 3:00 AM | ??:00 min. Video Runtime|
|Preparation||SEP 18-20 [3 days]. MAX/MSP, sound editing, track composing, callibration, storyboard|
As planned - a m/hotel performance went down in Vegas. Luxor: rooms 4455, employees 4000, casino 120,000 square feet, 250 miles visible Xenon light shot. Room No. 22.145: sensor equipped bending matresses, sound generating moving chairs, pitch shifting ironing and flickering lights.
Technology: Lamps become sound triggers and pitch shifters by means of light sensors, irons turn into turntables through pressure sensors, chairs become free-moving VST instruments through sensor combinations. Mattresses (bend it over), drawers (open/close), closet doors, curtains (movements) and the TV set (light intensity of a selected channel) become a sampler ... This performance consists of seven essentially different superstructures and interactive scenarios. A night in the luxury hotel becomes a performance night.
|SEP 16||Art Performance: 'Play'|
|Location||Cedar City, UT/USA|
|Timeframe||13:00-16:00 PM | 2:00 min. Video Runtime|
|Preparation||AUG 31, SEP 07-09 [3 days]. MAX/MSP, sound recording and editing, track composing, callibration, props|
Entertainment can have positive impacts on us, it can destroy and break. Unachievable fantastic sim worlds, growing frustrations, offendings, suppressions of problems ... Play!
Technology: Live pitching of audio sample with distance sensor on the ground. Sensor equipped rocking dog as music score controller.