for Reynolds
audiovisual interactive improvisation for violin and computer system

by Se-Lien Chuang / Andreas Weixler

                   © Chuang Se-Lien

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Todd Reynolds, violin

Se-Lien Chuang, concept, interactive visuals, Max/msp/Jitter
Andreas Weixler: conceptm, multi channel granular synthesis, Max/msp/Jitter

The sounds of live instruments serve as interface in an audiovisual interactive concert that merges a sophisticated instrumental sound and audiovisual real-time computing in an improvisation. While visual images and processes are being generated during the concert, a multi channel granular synthesis fits together minute tonal particles that make up the instrumental sounds into a constantly changing acoustic stream made up of different pitches, duration and positions in the electro-acoustic space. The musical and visual components interact and reciprocally influence each other in order to blend into a unique, synaesthetic, improvisational work of art.

with kind support of The Austrian Cultrual Forum in New York

Andreas Weixler: multi channel granular synthesis

by processing the instrumental sound in realtime the computer becomes a hyper instrument played in an improvisation along with the violin, spreading its sound on a 8 channel sound system, controlling flocks of grains, rearranging those in terms of pitch, time, order and position in the acoustic environment.

Melodic lines in horizontal time ordering will be replayed in a vertical form of chords, which are determined by the original performed notes as well as by individual pitch shifting of 4 indepentend granular synthesis modules.
By its improvisation of music the data of the granular treatment also determines parts of the visual computing, so the progression of music and visuals appears in sync.

By its improvisation of music the data of the granular treatment also determines part of the visual computing, so the progression of music and visuals appears in sync.

Se-Lien Chuang: interactive visuals

We developed a patch in Max Jitter called ModularFilter. It either takes a live video input, for example the performer, or some prepared pictures and movies as a source of visuals. Sophisticated video effects will be exchanged from part to part in the performance and their parameters are controlled simultaneously by the sound of the instrument and the linked parameter of the live granular synthesis as well.

The computer system and Max/Msp/Jitter

created by Andreas Weixler and Se-Lien Chuang

three Macintosh G4 Powerbooks are interacting with the players, i.e. of the violin and of the electroacoustic hyper instrument, analyzing the sounds, exchanging data between analysis, audio and video computing to make an age-old dream of artists come true: to make music visible and images audible. The visual and musical components interact and exercise mutual influence thus leading to unique synthesis of arts.

The goal of this project in computer music is to create an interface for visual and music computing for an associated audiovisual composition as well as to find technical and artistic solutions for the combination of traditional instruments with high technical computing in the terms of interactivtiy and realtime processing and last but not least to create pure computer music.

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