the social dimension of improvisation
interactive audio visual performance for 2 instruments
description of the artistic concept and technical realization
based on the japanese spirit of harmony the computer senses harmony between the players and voices and acts accordingly to them in generating audio and visual.
Waon is an audiovisual improvisation for two musical instruments.
In the first part voices of different nations (Japan, USA, Taiwan, Austria) will be analysed and transformed to melodies by oscillators and visuals by the computer.
In the second part, two live
instruments are improvising from playing the same note, over micro tonal
distortions up to free audiovisual improvisation.
The computer senses the correspondence of the instruments and reacts in real time. If there is only one frequency, the system plays the same and everything is quiet and in tune (waon). If the notes are different from each other, the computer plays all notes inbetween as an electronic sound ambience. In case of very far distance the computer reacts with as much frequencies as possible, which could be a noise.
The analysis and reactions are displayed in real time by graphics, based on circles and their distortions, ovals.
29.4.concert at TNCA,
Tainan National College of Art, Taiwan, computer music and realtime interactive
27.4.2003 National Theater Concert Hall in Taipeh , Taiwan
Pai Yu Ching, sheng & Tsai Chen Yu, erhuISEA concert on 29th of October, Aichi Arts Center, Nagoya
Andreas Weixler, computer system
Kuwayama Kiyoharu, guitar, handmade electronics25.5.2001 IEM Cube at the VNM Festival Graz, Austria
Andreas Weixler, concept, max/msp progamming, guitar
Martin Zrost, Bassklarinette, Saxophon, E-Bass; Andreas Weixler, E-Gitarre, Computersystem15.12.2000 Experimental Intermedia, New York, USA
szene instrumental, cl & vlc; Andreas Weixler & Se-Lien Chuang, computer system
voices and messages from Se-Lien Chuang (Taiwan/A), Phill Niblock (USA), Asako Soga (Japan), One-mobil (A), and a performance like talk by Andreas Weixler (A) and the owner of a Curry-Udon Restaurant in Nagoya (Japan).
Macintosh PB G3 with Max/msp
research studio: Sound Design Lab/Nagoya City University, School of Design and Architecture, Japan 2000/2001 as Japan Foundation Fellow.
1 Macintosh PB G3 with Max/msp
1 Audio Mixer 4/2
2 condenser microphones
1 video/data projector
1 VGA Monitor (optional)
2 - 4 speaker system with sub woofer (optional, recommended)
1 projection wall
2 musicians play live with
their instruments (any) and a computer is creating audio and visuals accordingly
duration about 10 - 30 minutes
The Instruments can be any,
which have certain notes (a frequency range) in common.
The live computer system is performed by Andreas Weixler & Se-Lien Chuang.
CD and Video
CD AUDIO with a short edit and the full version of the premiers of Waon at vnm01 in the IEM Cube, Graz, performed by Martin Zrost und Andreas Weixler.
DVD VIDEO, DV und S-VHS content
a a short edit and the full version of the documentation of the premierees
at Experimental Intermedia New York 2000 and at VNM01 in Graz.
premiere 12.2000 at Experimental Intermedia, New York, USA
szene instrumental, cl & vlc;
Andreas Weixler & Se-Lien Chuang, Computersystem
Phill Niblock, video recording; Se-Lien Chuang, video editing
performance on 25.5.2001 at VNM Festival Graz, Austria
Martin Zrost, bass clarinette, saxophon, e-bass
Andreas Weixler, e-guitar, computer system
Se-Lien Chuang, video recording & video editing