… and we’re back. while I was blog-absent some fun things have happened. VIZZable was the 10th most read story on CDM last year. It’s exciting news for a little set of plugins in the relatively obscure Max for Live video scene and encouraging that others are as interested in using Ableton as an audio-visual environment as I am. Big shout out to the great folk on the Jitter in Max for Live group!
Sound 2 Light
Some documentation of last years Sound 2 Light has arisen. Sound 2 Light was a tech/media arts event held in Hobart where artists are partnered up and given a small period of time to come up with an installation or performance. I was partnered up with venerable techno producer Sam Gregory and we created a 20 minute AV piece revolving around strange hybrid animals all mapped onto four, large rectangular panels. I also put together two smaller installations: “Homunculus II” a teleoperated robot visible at the start of the video and a colourful, kaleidoscopic, audio-reactive projected piece that evolved throughout the night. Watch the video below and see if you can spot such things. You can also listen to the live broadcast that went out on the night.
Last year I was also lucky enough to VJ the Bass Arena at Melbourne’s Stereosonic. It was the longest set I’ve played so far – about 9 hours – I used the opportunity to try out some new masking and feedback techniques as well as the usual fare of Live camera feeds, glitches, datamoshing and rainbow meltiness. Whilst playing for Danish electropop singstress Lucy Love, her manager approached me and asked if there was anything wrong with the video signal. I gestured to my PS3 controller as if to say, nope, it’s OK, It’s supposed to be like that and before I could launch into a deep discussion of how visuals, when tightly synced, can reenforce sound and give it more impact he said “Don’t do that”. I quickly pigeon holed him as a square whom I usually enjoy confusing but to keep him happy I kept the rest of the set less interesting/confusing. Anyhoo, some videos of the day have popped up on youtube. Datsik was particularly awesome.
A few Zeal shows are popping up in Radelaide in the coming weeks as well as some remix projects to get back into the music side of things. I’m building another controller similar to Archaeopteryx but this time for feet:
I’m also exploring Augmented Reality with a view to put together an immersive AR installation at some stage in the future. I hope I’m not alienating all you normal people as this is possibly the geekiest video I’ve uploaded to date:
Alrighty, you’re up to date. I’m back to blogging and tweeting so sit tight, there’s more soon.
much is happening. earlier this week i released an update to VIZZable, my set of video plugins for ableton live. it’s a big update with fancy new features like GL optimisation and autoconnection(!) the auto connection code is thanks to chris gough from the jitter in live google group. if you’re into video and ableton live and maybe even max/msp, you should join us to help us test and make various awesome things.
if you’re in melbourne, you can see these plugins in action along with some button pressing, singing and jumping around when i play live at plugnplay next thursday the 28th of april at the kent st cafe, 201 smith st, fitzroy. i think i’m playing with vdmokstati, jean poole and others… bit short on details at the moment… but it’ll be awesome, i’m sure. the day after that (friday 29th) i’m playing at the builders arms with time shield, the leafs and sun blindness. i’ll also supplying visuals for the leafs and sun blindess. check the fb event! and the poster:
in other news, the dudes at projuice have thrown up a little write up about me which makes me feel a little warm and fuzzy. projuice is a media creation showing airing on abc at the moment – it’s really great seeing tutorial style programming making the airways especially since it’s pretty much favorite sort of thing to watch on the interwebs. that and videos of baby sloths.
in other, other news, i’ve been inspired by this, this and this and have decided to build a midi controller (i’ve undertaken a similar project in the past). i’ll be using the guts from two korg nanokontrols and a usb qwerty keyboard and it should end up looking a bit like this:
i’m playing this saturday night at the empress with JUNK! and the time shield – and this time not as zeal but as my VJing alter ego lazy laser. i’ll be trailing some new AV material (using VIZZable) and it will be under rehearsed but hopefully interesting. it should be a taste of the future zeal live show. the inimitable junk will be doing some stripped down acoustic or ambient or jazzy versions of their songs and time shield will be there to shield us from the horrors of time (and also make pretty pictures and sounds). back to getting my shit together!
go dig the facebook event.
My good friend Subsketch has started a podcast and this week it features me talking about all things Zeal thusfar. He’s done some tricky editing to make me say things i never really said… check it out Y’all! Oh yeah! Give me that podcast!
While you’re at it, check out all things Subsketch. He makes tremendous stuff. It is worthy of your attention.
peeps have been quick to jump on my new little max4live project Vizzable which has been great.
this is going to be the format of the new Zeal live set except expect some acoustic guitar, live sampling and words that sound nice but don’t mean much.
there goes 2010. zeal relocated to melbourne and good things happened! starting with what’s happening right now and working back… i’m currently in adelaide where i’m set up in a bunker, recording new songs for some sort of ep early in the new year.
My album is ranked third on a whothehell.net ”list”. It’s the second time i’ve ever been on a list and it’s still fun.
Last week my song “clouds” made a top songs of 2010 podcast on polaroids of androids. it was the first time i’d ever been on a list and it was fun.
i played alot of shows this year, all of which had secret words, many of which i can’t remember. some were:
i put out an animated film clip for vigilante with midi and lights:
it was also uploaded to a russian file-sharing website.
it’s been a good year. onwards into a happy and productive twenty-eleven!
I’ve returned from This Is Not Art all energised and inspired. More recording at the end of the year and more touring are the wildebeest in my crosshairs but there are some other vermin to knock off beforehand:
I’m working on a few new music videos as well – first up’s Vigilante which will be a MIDI sequenced animation and then Wasps which will be some sort of warp speed slide show. Also, if you get a chance, go see 10k Free Men and Their Families. He was awesome at TINA. Exhibit A:
Sydney was awesome. Pictures and thing will surface, I’m sure.
like these ones:
If you’re heading to this year’s TINA I’m going to part of a panel discussing making music with game controllers smart phones, not so smart phones etc. I imagine I’ll be talking about AXIS and and MAX/MSP… The TINA/Sound Summit Program puts it like this:
Saturday, October 2nd:
2.00pm – 4.00pm: Artist Presentation
Facilitator: Andrew Tuttle (Sound Summit)
Should be a lot of interesting ideas in one place!
If you’re in Adelaide Monday the 20th of September (tonight) come down to the wheatsheaf from around 8 to see Virtual Proximity play with me in my VJ disguise.
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