Thursday, December 23, 2010

copy for 2011

I have now sent in the text for 2011

Will's Wonderful World of Digital Music Video

Sat 19th Feb 2-4pm Imaginary Lounge Phoenix

Visual music continues as computer animation, comparable to the demoscene. Sundown ended in 2010 but something continues in Silesia and on YouTube. Can compositing work with consumer software to enhance social media and music video? Sound engineering may be the largest remaining issue. Can content be identified that would blend with VJs Beatz and Bobz?

The deadline was "before Christmas" so I guess this is ok for the website. Only ten tickets, free but you have to book.

So, much the same as last year to start with. Any content welcome that could be shown. VJs the same day. Also Polish food at the Phoenix.

I may try to do a PDF file based on the content. Flash video is working ok with X.

previously, this came from the basement to the bar via Second Life. No direct cable, trrust me I was there and I am a blogger.

not much of a mix yet, online and specific venue. edit later maybe? is live streaming that important?

Thursday, April 01, 2010

I Love my Dog

I Love my Dog
Originally uploaded by Nahuel |Bossanostra|
Which part of town do these dogs live in? Could the locations be tagged somehow so there was a map of the space? Could there be some from Exeter for example?

A man, two dogs, and a bunny, Seattle, WA

Rabbits extend the scope

Homeless woman with dogs

This is a Creative Commons photo from Flickr. Could relate to the photos in the Phoenix bar at the moment.- Eloise Leyden - Slum Dogs of India

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Pyrates business model still a mystery

Last summer I managed to interview Jo Gedrych about the business model for the Pyrates.

The summer is about to arrive so I will ask the question again. The Pyrates are still putting up much stuff on YouTube. I think this is the time of year for it, ahead of some new performances. but have they led us all astray? Is there any way this free stuff on the web can continue?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

audio boo test

Social Media is everywhere. Well, you just have to look for it. Phoenix Digital have a course coming up. This will include Audioboo, something I had never heard of. The site seems to assume you have an iPhone. But a bit of checking out the blog reveals a test of just uploading a file through a browser. So here is a short extract from the New Exeter Radio Show from last Friday. In theory there could be less delay. The New Exeter Radio Show will probably carry on with Traydio. This is getting quite complicated. I have to keep subscribing to something new.


Tuesday, March 09, 2010

The Employees - Kate Russo-copyright issues

The Analogue2Digital event took up most of the Phoenix. One gallery closed but the others in use. As well as one glass case for The Employees,by Kate Russo. this looks pixelated but is actually painted. A series of related designs as business cards. I am not sure what to do with the photos. Usually the Phoenix is not keen on artwork being photographed. I did a circle shot round most of the bar etc. One version includes the Employees.

It would be good to include some visual art in a record of a music trade event. I thought the visual music aspects of animation could lead into Vibraphonic graphics. But the galleries just seem to have backed off a bit. The pixels however fit really well with the look of the Tenori-On. I will check out what can be done. Meanwhile there is one picture in the current Phoenix brochure and several on the website.

Analogue to Digital - #a2d10

So far the tag - #a2d10 - is only working for me. Can't find much else. But I think it is suitable and can't find another. Suggest #vgcs10 for the Vintage Guitars and Classic Synths coming up in a couple of months. Twitter reveals there is nothing on this at the moment.

The Tenori-On is the link for music technology and animation.

Kat Marsh tried out four mikes in the Sound Gallery basement. There are more clips to come later. Also the sound recording exists so there may be better sound.

From the Phoenix bar.

Also photos on Flickr.

There were issues raised about including people in the photos so some may vanish, then again some may be added.

I missed the Bladerunner sessions. Any links welcome.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Carl Munson and the Pocket Calculator

I thought he might play something from Talking Book but it turns out that the selected tune ahead of Analog2digital is Pocket Calculator by Kraftwerk

The New Exeter Radio show closed with this. Wheely Saying Something went with Talking Book but I'm not sure which track.

Kraftwerk is a good choice for the video approach. In this case nothing gets in the way of the stage and the cameras are each working ok. However in the Phoenix bar with the sort of kit I use there could be duff bits of tape or the staff walking about with plates of food. Now, don't get me wrong. Food in a bar is a good thing and a few glitches in a video is not a disaster. But if you happen to have the background video as well as the performance it may be easier to cover up the gaps. From previous discussions about this it has been suggested that layered video is a more positive description. So some editors could do this. I'm still looking at ways to cover up bodges.

More later on the New Exeter Radio Show. Conversation continues.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Talking Book on Wheely Saying Something

They played something from Talking Book on Phonic FM this morning but I am not sure which track. Story so far is that i am trying to make some connections with digital music ahead of Analog2digital on Saturday. You can't hear the actual broadcast in the studio and I think there is something wrong with the track listing somehow.

From a prpared list the Dr Who theme came up when the intended track was I love your Smile by Shanice

So maybe blogs with links could be more reliable than live radio. Not as interesting though.

Forunately Carl Munson visited and has taken the Talking Book CD. Probably he will have sorted the issues by tomorrow morning and will know which track he is playing.

If you are not near Exeter start with

a2d10 as a case study in social communication

I am still in a disconnect from last week and Like Minds. Is Exeter really connected with all this networking stuff. It seems like a bit like a circus that has now moved on to some other place. Still on Twitter of course. #likeminds

Tried out #a2d10 on #twitter but so far it is just me - @will789gb
there is Sound Gallery or SoundGalleryCIC but no tag yet for Analog2digital. other than #a2d10 so this post is to suggest that something else shows up. There is a pretty good mailing list for the event but the first one also attracted people all over the UK who may not have known about it from posters in Exeter. Also some aspects could be covered online. How is the kit being used already?

I still hope to get some digital influenced music played on the Wheely Saying Something show and the New Exeter Radio show tomorrow. Not sure how the links will work. Listen to Phonic to find out.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Broadsided needs an edit please

Reaching the limits of what can be done without a budget. I can just about edit clips together but this needs someone who understands layers and maybe can fix the lighting. My imaginary friend is in Scotland at the moment. So maybe loading up clips to Vimeo is a possibility. This is intended as Creative Commons so please feel free to download. For about a week it will be a Windows file but will then turn to mp4 I think. could be better for Mac people.

The original tape is at Phoenix Digital so if you are near Exeter you could ask for a copy or capture.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Classics also relate to Pictures

Maynard School Concerts

Saturday 6 March 2010, 7pm
Anna Markland, Pianist
Masterclass with Anna – 3pm; Concert – 7pm
Anna will present a programme entitled ‘Pictures’, including Debussy’s beautiful first book of Impressionistic preludes and Mussorgsky’s stunning Romantic Pictures at an exhibition

hello warner music group, what to think?

Don't You Wonder Sometimes About Sound And Vision?

Probably this is repeating from previous blogs but this is how things seem to be. Last week went fairly well for getting my points across on Phonic. Since the chat show effort during Beer At The Castle I have found that the New Exeter Radio show is a focus for clarifying ideas. So far this year I have not been around on a Friday but the Wheely Saying Something hour has been fairly open to my suggestions. They used some soundclips for Creature Discomfort video as a connection with Animated Exeter. Also they repeated my news that Raphael Saadiq will be at Mama Stones this summer. They were a bit qualified about this, maybe it will be next summer. But in general they like Mama Stones as the wheelchair access is excellent. From the pavement to front of the stage, about 50 feet on one level. Also my interest is that they have recording kit so any mess of video would be salvaged by decent sound. At the Phoenix in theory there is a recording studio in the basement and video editing out the back somewhere but how to get cable from either to a performance space is a conundrum never resolved.

Maybe we could forget about cable if mobile devices get better. However as far as I can tell there is not a lot about video at the Analog2Digital event at the Phoenix next Saturday. This blog is mostly about animation but it turned out that the Broadsided event at Exeter Castle depended on VJ software for both the sound and the vision. Resolume offers a trial version that has some sort of watermark or inteference but is enough to try out.

So my question is, will VJ software be part of Analog2Digital and if not, why not? there must be digital ways to generate visuals that relate to music.

Still interested in the demoscene and visual music. One problem is how to explain this on radio. Last week they would have played a track from Talking Book by Stevie Wonder - You've Got It Bad Girl. Follow this with a chip tune, then what?

Meanwhile, linking to somewhere else

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sample audio

Sound clips to consider

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Revised slides from Saturday

Saturday was ok, the tech all worked fine and there was a lot of conversation. the Kinetic Animation in the evening was very interesting. Some of it could be "visual music" I think. i will try to explore this later.

I have changed the slides a bit and downloaded a PDF. Now on Slideshare and Scribd. There may be more of a document for Scribd later.

Digital Music Video(3)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Broadsided! video

Now loaded from yesterday

There could be more video and stills. On tonight and Saturday.

Suggested tag #rosebondexeter

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Kinetic Animation - Virus by Robert Proch

I have been looking online for video around Kinetica and found Virus by Robert Proch

This seems much closer to the "electronic and new media" aspect of Kinetica. The work at the Phoenix is mostly mechanical. Virus will be shown on a big screen at 6pm on Saturday at the Phoenix. my talk should finish around 4 so that would allow time for a drink and to check the gallery.

The music is by Herbaliser.

Robert Proch has a page on Vimeo with other work.

There are also videos on a page from Intoxicated Demons, a sort of online gallery though they do real events as well. I hope to find out more about them.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Previously, the Oregonian reports Rose Bond

Here is a YouTube interview with Rose Bond who will be in Exeter for the animation at the castle. My guess is that it will be ok to photograph or video so there could be several examples. Suggest tag #rosebondexeter

Decode and Kinetica

I am finding out more about Decode and Kinetika at the V&A. Not sure how they connect.

It seems that there is more about electronics and new media, not just the kinetic as such
relating to the motion of material bodies and the forces associated therewith
source wordnetweb

Links welcome on web aspects of the artists showing at the Phoenix.

Web video is spreading

Checking out sites ahead of Animated Exeter next weekend I find that there is a lot more content online. Lumen supported the first event curated by Greg Kurcewicz and shown in Exeter, featuring work by Lillian Schwartz. They now have a Vimeo channel where I found this example. Not animation I think, looks like actual footage.

Also distributors Lux have some work on YouTube , mostly interviews with short extracts

So gradually more content is available. Still linked to protected content but part of a changing scene.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Slides for 13th Feb

Most content ready for talk so comments welcome during the week. Time now fairly limited but links or DVDs please also.

Friday, January 08, 2010

YouTube Playlists for (www) Digital Music Video

Finding more and more stuff on YouTube so can show the intention of the talk at Phoenix Exeter on Feb 13th.

Previously a version of the whole content though for copyright reasons the earlier work will not be shown. Actually updated since but this post has a bitly link - so please stick with this.

Also an updated selection similar to "A New Canvas" see previous post for list from Animated Exeter showing.

Previous blog post now a playlist. Ruairi Fullan at TechAdventures in Bristol with the video versions of what was shown. Ruairi will also be at the Imaginary Lounge during Animated Exeter.

I am also finding other video on YouTube by Steve Jolliffe and Paul Gillard, showing a direction for music video. (Some of Paul Gillard's earlier work has no sound, but I think it is better suited to music)


Films shown in 2002 also curated by Greg Kurcewitz , source Lumen

NEWTONIAN I, 1978, 4 mins, 16mm, colour
NEWTONIAN II, 1978, 5 mins 30 secs, 16mm, colour
MUTATIONS, 1974, 7 mins 30 secs, 16mm, colour
PIXILLATION, 1970, 4 mins, 16mm, colour
GOOGLEPLEX, 1972, 5 mins 30 secs, 16mm, colour & b/w
RITUEL, 1979, 30 mins, 16mm, colour
UFO’S, 1971, 3 mins, 16mm, colour
METAMORPHOSIS, 1974, 8 mins 15 secs, 16mm, colour & b/w
PICTURES FROM A GALLERY, 1976, 7 mins, 16mm, colour
THE ARTIST AND THE COMPUTER, 1976, 10 mins, 16mm, colour
L’OISEAU, 1977, 4 mins, 16mm, colour
ALAE, 1975, 5 mins, 16mm, colour
APOTHEOSIS, 1973, 4 mins 30 secs, 16mm, colour
PAPILLIONS, 1974, 4 mins, 16mm, colour
INNOCENCE, 1973, 2 mins 30 secs, 16mm, colour
ENIGMA, 1972, 4 mins 20 secs, 16mm, colour & b/w

New Canvas - what was shown previously

Copied from previous webpage that I can no longer find online.

I think this was 2005


1.Poemfield # 2 Stan Vanderbeek and Kenneth Knowlton 1966 USA 6 min

A text based computer film produced with Kenneth Knowlton at Bell laboratories

Born in 1927—died in 1984.VanDerBeek studied art and architecture first at Cooper Union College in New York and then at Black Mountain College in North Carolina, where he met architect Buckminster Fuller, composer John Cage, and choreographer Merce Cunningham. VanDerBeek began his career in the 1950s making independent art film while learning animation techniques and working painting scenary and set designs for the American TV show, "Winky Dink and You." . His desire for the utopian led him to work with Ken Knowlton in a co-operation at the Bell Telephone Company laboratories, where dozens of computer animated films and holographic experiments were created by the end of the 1960's. At the same time, He taught at many universities, researching new methods of representation, from the steam projections at the Guggenheim Museum to the interactive television transmissions of his "Violence Sonata2 broadcast on several channels in 1970.

2.Cibernetik 5.3 John Stehura 1965-69 USA 16mm Colour 8 min

A personal , self - propelled and mainly self funded project, Cibernetik 5.3 was a personal mission for John Stehura..

"John"s [Stehura's] spectacular film Cibernetik 5.3 combines computer graphics with organic live-action photography to create a new reality, a Third World Reality, that is both haunting and extraordinarily beautiful. Cybernetik makes use of realist imagery for its nonobjective qualities and thus impinges directly upon the emotions more successfully than any computer film discussed in this book. However, John considers the film only an "incidental test" in an ongoing experiment with computer graphics that has occupied most of his time for the last nine years. John is interested in addressing the computer directly through graphic images rather than using mathematics to achieve graphic images and thus becoming enmeshed in a "number game." Cybernetik is unique also in that it was constructed from semi-random image-generation techniques. Whereas most of the computer films discussed so far are characterized by mathematical precision, Cybernetik exudes a strong feeling for the uncontrolled, the uncontrollable, the unconceivable."

- Gene Youngblood, Expanded Cinema, 1969

3.Hummingbird Charles Csuri 1967 USA B/W 10 min

"We completed a ten minute computer animated film entitled Hummingbird. The subject was a line drawing of a hummingbird for which a sequence of movements appropriate to the bird were outlined. Over 30,000 images comprising some 25 motion sequences were generated by the computer. For these, selected sequences were used for the film. A micro-film plotter recorded the images directly to film. To facilitate control over the motion of some sequences, the programs were written to read all the controlling parameters from cards, one card for each frame. Curve fit or other date generating programs were used to punch the parameter decks. We also built a windowing option into our plot subroutine. "

- Charles Csuri

Courtesy of The Huntington and Csuri Archives
College of the Arts The Ohio State University

4. The Flexipede Tony Pritchett 1968 UK 2 min

Courtesy of Tony Pritchett and Cache AHRB at Birkbeck

Tony Pritchett, (born England 1938) known for Flexipede, one of the first examples of digital film created in 1967. It took several months to make during 1966 and 1967, using the London University Atlas computer (a supercomputer in those days, with 128K of online memory), programmed in Fortran on punched cards with a 2-hour turn-around time, and output on the first microfilmrecorder in the UK. The microfilm recorder was only capable of drawing black lines on to a square area of the film frame,which accounts for its rather restricted graphic style. Flexipede was shown publicly for the first time at the Cybernetic Serendipity exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in 1968.

5.Permutations John Whitney 1966 USA 8 min

Music by Balachandra. In this film, Whitney developed the musical concept of consonance/dissonance (extension, tension) with a visual art by means of the computer.

Whitney points out that the effects created by the graphic figures are similar with some of the effects of tension produced by the music. :

"In PERMUTATIONS, each point moves at a different speed and moves in a direction independent according to natural laws' quite as valid as those of Pythagoras, while moving in their circular field. Their action produces a phenomenon more or less equivalent to the musical harmonies. When the points reach certain relationships (harmonic) numerical to other parameters of the equation, they form elementary figures."- John Whitney

Permutations features beautiful computer generated visuals made from strips of film as part of an IBM research program on computer graphics. Whitney's images were made by selecting numerical variables that determine particular graphic patterns. Whitney described Permutations as "the first step toward developing a compositional language by which the art of graphics in motion might be structured in time."

6.Olympiad Lillian Schwartz 1971 USA 2:35 min
Music: Max Mathews
Courtesy of Lillian Schwartz and Lumen

A study in motion based on Muybridge's photographs of man running. "Figures of computer stylized athletes are seen in brilliant hues chasing each other across the screen. Images are then reversed and run across the screen in the other direction”

link to A beautiful virus inside the machine

7.Two Space Larry Cuba 1979 USA 8 min

Two dimensional patterns, like the tile patterns of Islamic temples, are generated by performing a set of symmetry operations (translations, rotations, and reflections) upon a basic figure or tile. Two Space consists of twelve such patterns produced using each of nine different animating figures (12 x 9 = 108 total). Rendered in stark black and white, the patterns produce optical illusions of figure-ground reversal and afterimages of color. Gamelan music from the classical tradition of Java adds to the mesmerizing effect.

Curated by Greg Kurcewicz for Animated Exeter