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Video/Sound Performance, ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra, Sept 6, 2014

I've been doing a lot of live performing lately, but haven't been too good at documenting it.  However, here's a documentary video about the video and sound performance I gave at the Drill Hall Gallery at ANU in Canberra on Sept 6, 2014 as part of the "Colour Music" show, curated by Tony Oates.  This video consists of a number of cell phone videos of my live video and sound performing, taken by Catherine Schieve, which should give the flavour of the performance.  I still have to make good renderings of final versions of these pieces, but for now, this will do.  The video is 17 minutes long, which is about 1/3 the length of the entire show.  

In the second piece, "Word Swirl," the name "Helen Demidenko" appears prominently.  In the entire section, the names of four literary hoaxsters appear, in loving homage.  The names are Ms. Demidenko, Ern Malley (who should require no introduction), Hedwiga Tell (Syd Clayton's nom-de-literary-mischief) and I. Frans Nowak (the anagram of writer W A Frankonis, who was one of my undergraduate writing mentors, and the person who introduced me to the wonderful world of the literary hoax). In the excerpt in this edit, only Ms. Demidenko's name appears - I don't want it to appear that I'm singling her out - I include her in the exalted company of all my favorite hoaxsters.

The videos are sometimes a little shaky and the automatic gain control on the camera has trouble coping with the lighting in the room, but all in all, I think this is a good representation of the piece. The video was made on an ASUS Windows 8 Netbook/Tablet using John Dunn's ArtWonk software.  The sound was made on an iPad using a whole raft of music software, all linked together by Audiobus2.  Additionally, a Novation Launchpad controller was used in some of the pieces.  All these live interactive microtonal pieces use algorithmic processes to make both images and sounds in various ways. Thanks to Tony Oates at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery, and to Catherine Schieve for shooting the videos.  I hope you enjoy it!


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