new C3Loops website

Rikard Lindell, creator of C3Loops has put up a new website with details of his C3Loops system here:

A video of C3Loops in action is shown above, and here’s some blurb on C3Loops from the website:

The C3LOOPS prototype was create in the resarch project Creative Activites Framework for Content Centric Interaction Techniques (ConCentric CRAFT or C3). The driving vision is that information content is the base for all interaction between users and the systems. I call this concept content centric interaction. Users conduct their activities in an unbroken creative flow.
Collaborating laptop musicians and video artists use C3LOOPS in real performance situations using monophonic touch screen or keyboard-and-mouse. The computer is a surface onto which all the user’s’ information content is visualised; the surface can extend to infinity like a magic paper. Surface interaction permits content centric computing, where content of different data type is moulded into blended media.

Puppet Whispers – Live score improv

I performed yesterday in Chris Chong’s final MA piece “Puppet Whispers”. The performance involved 4 improvisers playing in a physically separated space, with only their shadows and a networked computer as communication. A video was taken of the performance, so rather than explain in detail now I’ll wait until the video has been uploaded.

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BLISS concert

Attended a BLISS network performance held in the Sonic Lab, featuring a live linkup to Göteborg. Along with the usual BLISS freeform improvisation, there were two ‘scored’ improvisation pieces by Alain Renaud and Justin Yang. It was particularly interesting to watch Justin’s piece as we have been using it in the QUBE improv group for a while now. Photos above (courtesy of Christopher Chong) and the full blurb below:

BLISS: Belfast – Goteborg Network Performance
Thursday 13 March 2008,
Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast: 8pm (UK Time)
Siren Festivalen Göteborg: 9pm (CET)

A distributed laptop and instrumental performance between SARC’s own BLISS (Belfast Legion for Improvised Sights and Sounds) and Göteborg’s Academy of Music and Drama laptop ensemble, Sweden. This networked performance explores
techniques and strategies for improvised electroacoustic music over the internet. The Legion does not prescribe its sights or sounds; they are the product of digital and contra-digital networks of gates,
tables, switches, speaker objects, cabling and data… The Legion is not a band – we don’t play weddings – but we like playing in the network! This event is a co-production between SARC and the Siren Festivalen för ny music. The performance will include works by Justin Yang and Alain Renaud.
Live Stream: (stream will begin at 8:30 CET)

QUBE concert

Played with QUBE in SARC’s Sonic Lab. My musical setup for this gig was Casiotone MT-100 and Kaoss pad. Among the pieces played were ‘Activities’ by Justin Yang which involved improvisation to a graphic score and also an interpretation of one of Mark Applebaum’s stopwatch scores. Below is also a video of the last QUBE performance (as far as I know this one wasn’t recorded, if anyone else knows otherwise, then please let me know!). Here’s the blurb:

Tuersday 11th March 2008, 5pm Sonic Lab
Admission Free

Led by Steve Davis and Pedro Rebelo, the QUBensemble (QUBe) is a forum for improvisation, conduction and new music involving students and staff within the school. QUBe brings together performers from a variety of artistic backgrounds to develop performances which explore ensemble interaction, audio-visuals, open scores, and free improvisation. The performance will include works by Justin Yang, Mark Applebaum and Steve Davis.

Duo Contour

Attended a Duo Contour concert in the Sonic Lab. Here’s some blurb from their website:

“duo Contour was formed in 1998 by the American percussionist Lee Ferguson and the English trumpeter Stephen Altoft following their participation on the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music, where they performed as soloists and as an ensemble. duo Contour have successfully collaborated with composers, artists and dancers, and have extended their performances through improvisation and new technologies.”

The duo played a mixture of jazz and soundtrack pieces. The instruments used included micro-tonal trumpet, percussion/drums, and a xylophone and marimba played simultaneously to mimic the rare xylorimba.