Archive for June, 2005

Snowblind

Monday, June 27th, 2005

Rest/Less

Monday, June 27th, 2005

Rest/Less uses a four camera video tracking system to trigger a sound score and visuals The piece is based on poet Thalia Field‚Äô’s book-length graphic poem. Each page contains 3 grids like this one. http://lostwax.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/RESTcams3.jpg The grid is made up of 22 lines on which are written different phrases. The grids are read in a non-recursive and non-linear manner so that each journey through the grid creates a different poem or story. In order to ‘read’ the texts in a performative setting, a 20 x 16′ grid of light is created on the stage. Four cameras are suspended above it as the basis for a four-camera tracking system. Each camera ‘watches’ two cells of the grid. The computer tracks which poem is ‘on’ the grid at any given time and labels each line/phrase with a spatial locator, a number 1-22. When a line of light is crossed, the corresponding line of text is triggered and heard aloud. So in our example, grid/line number 22 at the lower stage-left corner would be the poem text “All is not a journal”. Because the sound design is a spatialized version of the whole grid, when that line is triggered it is heard from the back right corner of the audience. The ‘wave form’ of that phrase, a measure of decibels over time, looks like this: http://lostwax.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/RestWaveform.jpg When that line is triggered it also prompts the computer to peform an analysis of this waveform in real time. The result of this analysis could be understood as a ‘virtual wind’. This virtual wind energy is then used to move a series of mathematically modeled wind chimes, gongs and bells. Thus creating an ambient score. Like the phrases, the sounds of the different chimes are spatialized so the audience experiences being inside the wind chime orchestra. This projest was realized using Cycling ’74′s Max/MSP/Jitter object based programming environment by Miller Pucket, David Zicarelli, et al, with particular programming additions from David Rokeby’s “softVNS and the “Resonators~” object by Adrian Freed and the CNMAT group.

After the Fall

Monday, June 27th, 2005