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Secondary Surface Rendered in Midland, TX August 2015

October 15, 2015 by wasswasswass@yahoo.com

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Pairing this technology with dancers trained in Ensemble Thinking would a powerful experience.

“CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — On a recent Tuesday afternoon, Tod Machover, a professor of music and media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab and head of the Opera of the Future group there, assembled his students in his glass-walled lab. The space was cluttered with computers, triangular-headed robots, colorful fabric-covered children’s toys and digital control tables. A large metal chandelier hung suspended from the ceiling, its swooping curves and fanned-out spokes giving it the look of a mathematically minded jellyfish.

But at this moment all eyes were fixed on the Cauldron, a computer program developed by Mr. Machover and his group, which was being remotely stirred, so to speak, in Edinburgh. On screens throughout the room, colorful blobs bearing the names of composers floated toward each other, pulsated, grew and shrank, as unseen participants voted by mouse click for a particular composer.

Seated at a Yamaha piano, Tae Kim, a highly skilled improviser, turned the visual brew into sound, reacting to the changing composer bubbles on screen as he fluidly connected snippets of Mozart’s “Magic Flute” with those from Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” and Elgar’s “Nimrod.” Mr. Machover looked on with keen interest.

The remotely controlled improvisation was part of the composition process of Mr. Machover’s “Festival City,” a symphonic work he was writing for — and partly with — the city of Edinburgh, and which will receive its premiere at a festival there on Aug. 27. The piece weaves in city sounds and quotations from the classical works most often performed at the Edinburgh International Festival over the years. Playful, inclusive and driven by a delight in the creative possibilities of computers, it well represents Mr. Machover’s work.”

for more ->Duet for Composition and Software

Secondary Surface Rendered Part 3

August 25, 2013 by wasswasswass@yahoo.com | Comments Off on Secondary Surface Rendered Part 3

Secondary Surface Rendered is the latest work created by the Lower Left Performance Collective.

It premiered in the Crowley Theater in Marfa, Texas on July 9, 2013.

Not only it is an engaging site-specific performance work, but it is also a good example of collaborative art making. Consisting of five sections, two of which occur simultaneously, Secondary Surface Rendered shuns the normative proscenium arrangement of the theater and allows the audience to create its own spatial relation to the performances. This work is also an investigation into blurring the lines between performance and installation work.

Using idea of landscape from our work last summer in Berlin and Budapest as a point of departure, we wanted to investigate how to use the physical actions of dance to create, affect, and influence an other beyond the immediate human form. Not only does each section within Secondary Surface Rendered use the human form to create a dance event investigating the movement potentiality of the body, but each section also shows the effects of the body on the space and objects surrounding it. The progression of the performance through the space of the theater simulates the dis-covering of the human body in relation to its environment.