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Summer in the Park - Feb 10, 2012 Bendigo performance

Here's a 21 minute video shot by Catherine Schieve of a performance given by an improvising quartet of myself (sound), Paul Fletcher (video and sound), Jacques Soddell (video), and Ross Healy (sound).  Presented by Undue Noise as part of Summer in the Park, in the Rosalind Park Conservatory in Bendigo on Feb 10, 2012.

What could be better than a warm summer night, with an audience on the lawn in front of the Conservatory (the greenhouse) in Rosalind Park, listening to electronic sound and seeing experimental videos projected from inside the Conservatory? Well, that would have been nice, but the rains started in the afternoon, and by evening, it was pouring. Fortunately, thanks to the resourceful folks at the City of Greater Bendgo and Undue Noise, part of the Conservatory was cleared, and the event went ahead, inside the Conservatory. Undeterred by the inclement weather, a crowd of about 50 watched as an improvising quartet performed. Jacques Soddell, the head of Undue Noise, projected his video works (on the right). Paul Fletcher projected video (on the left) and played sound. Ross Healy played his homemade synthesizers, and Warren Burt played a table full of Android Pad, Netbook, iPhones, and other gear. The video was made by Catherine Schieve on her iPhone. Rather than just look at the screen, she moved about freely, even braving the downpour to go outside the Conservatory on occasion and give us the view from outside. So this represents the feeling of what it was like for an audience member to be at the event. Despite the rain, it was still a very pleasant summer gig. I've wanted to play inside a Conservatory for many, many years. Now that I've done it, I want to do more of it. As one of the other performers noted - it was one of the first times we played to such a big audience, 50 of whom even happened to be human. The rest, of course, were our green buddies. And a good time was had by all.

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