Jellyfish! – Playing With Par Cans

Over the holidays, I’ve been experimenting with scarves as an extension of an idea born in the meeting I had with Danny and Cole back in November.

I hired 2 DMX RGB LED par cans from uni scores, and have been experimenting with using them in different ways.

I started experimenting with ways to make the scarves easily visible to the camera, as well as experimenting with trying to convey sea creatures with them.
I then had a few experiments with controlling them via DMX and using them to create contrasting layers by lighting foreground and background differently, which created a striking effect.

I’d like to experiment with getting them to react directly to the balls if I can get them to do so without messing up the colour tracking.

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 3rd Year, Live, Stuff I've Done No Comments

Solipsist

I’ve just realised that I don’t think I’ve ever posted this video on here!

This masterpiece directed by  was the seed that this whole project grew from, way back when it came out 10 months ago. I’d been toying with methods of control and ordered the balls, but the whole conceptual aesthetic slammed into place after watching this video – brought it into being anything more than just a neat bit of tech without direction. The creatures that come in at 2:50 were obviously the main inspiration in this regard.

This is where the deep sea vibe came from!

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 2nd year, 3rd Year, Inspiration, Live, Production No Comments

Uni Midterm waffling – Production

Format of release and publication

The site is obviously deals with itself in that regard, and the video and app will be distributed through the site.

 

Audiences and markets

The audience at this point is, I guess, potential collaborators and companies that I may be able to work with.

The live part of the project would definitely work best as part of a bigger show, and to this affect I need to either aim my marketing towards finding a larger show to join with, or towards gaining funding.

Once I have developed the site, a video and potentially app to a level I am happy with, I will distribute it by presenting it to juggling blogs and websites (http://juggling.tv/, http://www.ministryofmanipulation.com/, http://www.homeofpoi.co.uk/ etc) as well as possibly music tech blogs and such, but I haven’t researched these yet.

Similar things… there aren’t many. Either that or I’m really searching for the wrong thing. Most of my searches come back with my own work, and not much else. There are a few things that people have done that I’ve posted in previous posts, but nothing that’s developed the tech into a really viable performance.

 

Schedule

Finish website – end of jan

Finish video – end of feb

Spam the hell out of the internet – march

Finish app – end of April

Monday, January 14th, 2013 3rd Year, Production, Tutor food No Comments

Site redesign!

It’s not 100% finished, but most of the visual design is there for now. I need to fix up the technical side of the blog management and such, but hey… getting there!

Sunday, January 13th, 2013 3rd Year, Production, Stuff I've Done No Comments

Nobody Beats the Drum – Poisson Vert – YouTube


Nobody Beats the Drum – Poisson Vert – YouTube.

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 3rd Year, Inspiration, Production No Comments

Striving for perfection on Vimeo


Striving for perfection on Vimeo on Vimeo

via Striving for perfection on Vimeo.

Saturday, December 15th, 2012 3rd Year, Inspiration, Live No Comments

Performance – 13/12/12

With only 2 of us setting up in the space things worked much more smoothly. All the changes made before the last performance have been completed, but as ever, there are a few things half finished – in this case a few changes to optimise the processor hit (which is still greater than I’d like, restricting the performance to 3 balls). being optimisation issues, they don’t really effect the performance, however, more preventing expansion of the project in certain directions.

There are a few small changes I can make, but I’m fairly happy with this performance. I think it nicely wraps up this train of experimentation, allowing me to deviate more from the specific sounds I’ve been using – visually and musically the piece hasn’t developed a huge amount in the last month or so… now the programming has caught up somewhat, I can start looking into that again.

I will hopefully also start working on new methods of control and expanding the performance to multiple performers now. I will attempt to record at some point a version of this however with higher quality audio, and no audience so that I can record a few takes and use the best one.

Thanks to Rich for filming!

Thursday, December 13th, 2012 3rd Year, Live, Stuff I've Done No Comments

Extreme Rituals: A Schimpfluch Carnival

This last three days, I’ve had my brain slowly deconstructed and reconstructed by Schimpfluch Gruppe, a noise and performance art group from switzerland. I’ve seen many amazing artists (highlights being Trevor Wishart, Sudden Infant, Vagina Dentata Organ and Dave Phillips), and took part in an extreme yodelling workshop.

I’ve had so many ideas already off the back of this experience, and I’m looking forward to trying some of them out! Roll on Rumoren!

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments