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Cassiel + Nina Kov, ICT & Art Connect


In the Short Notice Department (again): I have a gig with choreographer / dancer Nina Kov at ICT & Art Connect this weekend. This is a short but completely new piece, and the paint is still a little wet on the software and control system. We’re using the usual technology mix: the animation system is built in Clojure and Field, and driven from Ableton Live via Max for Live. The live soundtrack is pretty much exclusively constructed from instruments and effects by Audio Damage. For music technology geeks, there will also be a rather rare piece of controller hardware on display.

TooMortal 2013


Shobana Jeyasingh‘s TooMortal is returning shortly (10th-12th October) as part of Dance Umbrella 2013.

We created the multispeaker surround soundtrack for the piece, using recordings of the Tenebrae Responsories by James MacMillan. (Technically, MacMillan’s work was licensed for remixing, although the compositional process involved building a bespoke Max for Live instrument and improvising control changes to manipulate, phase-shift and spatialise short loops of the original material.)

Tickets are available here. Many of the performances are already sold out.

Kora, Boudhanath, Kathmandu


We’re just back from a week in Kathmandu, working with Gaynor O’Flynn as part of beinghuman on a pair of performances for the Kathmandu International Art Festival: a collaboration with local artists for a piece at the Patan Museum, and the multimedia installation work Kora at Boudhanath, featuring nuns from Nagi Gompa.

Technology alphabet soup: audio from the nuns was routed into Ableton Live and Max for Live, tracked and converted into a stream of Open Sound Control messages, and routed into Field with custom Clojure code for projection.

(The backup plan was to project with an off-the-shelf laser display, but the only interface of any use at short notice was DMX, which really only provided recall and simple transformations of built-in clip art.)

This is the second time in two weeks that we’ve had the opportunity to project onto world-famous iconic man-made structures.