2014 was a big year for me, artistically, as it saw the introduction of The Leap, several new tracks, and my first public art installation in the form of Apparent Horizon, an immersive audio/visual installation presented on the Boston Common this New Year’s eve. Apparent Horizon was conceived of by Nathan Lachenmyer who secured funding from Boston Figment in order to create the piece.
You can see a 3d rendering of the piece below. The idea was to have 2x rear-projected screens held at a 90 degree angle in order to provide a sense surrounding and shifting perspective. Nathan brought me on board to incorporate those same senses into the audio realm as well.
As part of my experience at Eyeo this week, I was fortunate enough to take a workshop from the very talented Libs Elliot who masterfully blends generative digital art with the physical world. Most representative of her work is probably her quilts which are designed in Processing, and then cut and stitched by hand.
I’ve embarked on a project with friend and fellow monome enthusiast, Frank Rose, we’re calling The Leap. This is a record label and event series that will focus on promoting artists who we feel are making contributions to the electronic music scene through innovative production methods or distinctive musical styles. March 20th saw the first installment of the music series at the Somerville Arts at the Armory. We’ll have sound up from that show soon. In the meantime, enjoy one of my tracks recorded from that show.
Next show will be on 5/16. Stay tuned!
I’ve often felt underwhelmed by abstract or generic VJ material that borrows nothing from the music it supports and lends nothing back. It’s for this reason that I’ve worked over the last few years on a series of projects that create a tighter link between my music and the visuals that the audience experience.
As an example, see:
However, in many of these projects I’ve swung too far in the other direction in that the visuals are so hand-crafted for a specific set or song that they can’t be re-used as my audio set evolves. What I’ve longed for is a suite of modular visualization elements that plug-and-play with my live set in Ableton. I want something that’s generic enough to remain functional as my songs change over time, but tightly coupled to the music enough to demonstrate to the audience that the visuals are aware of the current state of the music. Continue reading →
Earlier this year, I was introduced to local comedian Marc Basch and we struck up a conversation about how everything on stage works better with a beat: music, comedy, and acting. Even if it isn’t a literal beat, there’s a time signature that most performances work under.
In my last post, I showed how you can flip between 2 Processing sketches within the same window. This might be useful if you have a library of sketches you want to demo, but don’t want to close/open each sketch by hand.
Now I’d like to show how you can display 2 sketches at the same time.
In my last post, I talked about how you can load multiple Processing sketches from one master sketch. However, the 2 techniques shown in that post had the annoying side effect of popping up multiple windows as each sketch was loaded. In this post, I’ll show a way flip between sketches all within the same window.
In my last post about VJ’ing, I mentioned I was able to render graphics to an offline buffer in Processing. Recently, some Boston Creative Coder friends were talking about how great it’d be to switch between different Processing sketches without reloading the application. It turns out that these 2 topics are related, but first let me start with a simple way to load multiple sketches from 1 super-sketch.