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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Poetry Open-Jack

Played ‘no-input’ Kaoss pad in the Poetry Open-Jack last night. After finding that it was too dark to see the screen on the game-boy (running LittleSoundDJ) I worked on using my thumb on the exposed 3.5mm jack to generate noise for the Kaoss pad to use. This technique is something I’ve also been working on during the QUBE impov sessions. One satisfying outcome is that by the end of the improvisation everyone had tuned to the key of the Kaosspad (well, whatever resonance was being produced when maxing out the filter). Must find out what that note is!

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)