Cycling '74 as Silver Sponsor
Mar 10 2006 | Sponsors
The San Francisco based company Cycling '74 is a silver sponsor of SOUND NOMADS.
|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.
|SEP 11||Art Performance: 'What the Fuck'|
|Timeframe||7:10-9:15 PM | (Pre) 2:13 min. (Post) 3:40 min. Video Runtime|
|Preparation||SEP 06-08 [1 1/2 day]. MAX/MSP, sound recording and editing|
Native Americans are living in fenced Indian reservations in times when signs of the brutal history completely disappeared. Monuments remembering the loss are rare and voids remain. For two hours an empty billboard in Utah converted into an ephemeral interactive memorial. An investigation of history and memory, meaning and interrelations. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Technology: In covering up sensors hanging off the billboard with the palm of the hand, single syllables are unveiled.
|SEP 03||Art Performance: 'Sound Pets'|
|Location||San Francisco, CA/USA|
|Timeframe||1 day | ??:00 min. Video Runtime|
|Preparation||AUG 31-SEP 02 [2 1/2 days]. MAX/MSP, sound editing, track composing, pet construction, callibration|
|Challenges||police, weather conditions|
Video Clip: Coming soon!
This time one of SOUND NOMADS' fundaments to reflect on situations of everyday life and the surroundings as directly as possible should be transferred. The 'Sound Pets' were born. 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 San Francisco with the two unconventional pets. Software development for a certain level of autonomous intelligence and precise calibration allow these pets to emit beats and recordings of sound huntings along the way. Beat car wash sound pet 1 - beat motel sound pet 2 - beat ... Light intensity (shadows of buildings, time of day, etc) as well as movements are responsible for the selection of samples out of the two sound pools. The stopping of a pet manifests itself as the momentary arresting of the rhythmic chain.
|AUG 15||Art Performance: 'Black Balloons'|
|Location||Cholla Cactus Garden/Joshua Tree NP, CA/USA|
|Timeframe||8:30-10:30 AM | 2:30 min./4:50 min. Video Runtime|
|Preparation||AUG 09-14 [3 days]. camping dinner recordings and splash huntings, track composing, balloon research, sensor callibrations, software development/adjustments|
|Challenges||car breakdown - one day overdue/second take necessary, bursting balloons (tent solution), tricky mounting and callibration of sensors, heat|
Deserts as environments of extreme heat may cause serious stresses and fragilities in different manners. Contrasts of vulnerability and eternal unbreakables. The appearance of balloons and cactuses side by side, a love-hate relationship with dangerous consequences.
Technology: When balloons burst/explode, sensors on the inside of the balloons become exposed, leaving sounds behind. Out of complete silence, a soundscape gradually emerges. Light sensors power the master track ... One of the balloons differs from the others, simulates, by means of a distance sensor, a water balloon, now silent due to the explosion and lost water. RT sound processing from the assessed sensor data.
|AUG 12||Art Performance: 'Shoot Down Out'|
|Location||Palm Court Inn. Room 205/Palm Springs, CA/USA|
|Timeframe||6:00-9:30 PM | 4:00 min. Video Runtime|
|Preparation||AUG 12 [1 day]. sensor callibrations, software development/adjustments, instrument triggers|
|Challenges||room size, cpu power, MAX/MSP stability issues|
A motel bathroom - a hidden place for poor clothes shootouts. No pre-composed audio tracks at this time, a peaceful realtime living system on its own. Quietness, slowness. Continuous rhizome multi-channel instruments, only disturbed by human impact. Artistic reflections on the recurring contrasts between nature and urban environments and the American historical efforts to control nature. Cities represent the most intensive human modifications of the physical environment.
Technology: A variety of distance sensors combined with software settings form an autonomous system. Through external interferences, sensor calibrations become confused for a moment and affect clear/orderly tones of the VSTis. Thereafter the system returns to a seemingly chaotic autonomous state.