This mix is dedicated to laptop performers, where a large part of the visual substance of performance happens onscreen instead of onstage. You may use any tools you like for this mix, but be sure to feature what’s going on on your screen during the performance!
This could be as straightforward as focusing a video camera on your screen—this would save CPU power and allow you to capture some physical movement outside your screen as well, but you would get higher quality results using screen capture software like the following:
While this mix focuses on the content of your screen, you may want to think of ways you can reflect physical movements offscreen as well, like:
- Setting up a camera to catch your physical movements as well as your screen
- Setting up visual feedback for your physical controls: onscreen knobs and faders
- Using your built-in camera to show your image on part of the screen (it would take up CPU power but could be done with a photography or videochat application)
- Recording yourself and your screen separately and syncing and compositing them after recording (saves CPU and may look the nicest, but it takes the most gear and post-processing time). In the initial track for this mix, I made a Max patch to calculate frame differencing, smear the image over time a bit, and superimpose it on top of my sampler’s screen capture.
This mix was created for electronic musicians using live sampling techniques: no prerecorded sounds. Just take what you hear, transform it, and use that as your “voice” in the performance. Because of this principle, the first track was also recorded without using pre-recorded sounds. Instead, it uses acoustic feedback (Larsen tones) and electronic intervention by the performance system (e.g., distortion, ground hum, and an intermittent connection).
If you want to contribute to this mix, you’ll need to grab the sound you hear and transform it. No other sound sources!
This could be as simple and lo-fi as holding a microphone up to a speaker or using a cable to connect your line out to your line in. For cleaner results, consider using software like the following:
is a composer/media artist and performer on the faculty of the Department of Music at Brown University, where he co-directs MEME (Multimedia & Electronic Music Experiments @ Brown) and the Ph.D. program in Computer Music and Multimedia. Prior to joining Brown he directed CEMI, the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia, at the University of North Texas, and was a compositeur en recherche with the Real-Time Systems Team at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in Paris. Rovan worked at Opcode Systems before leaving for Paris, serving as Product Manager for MAX, OMS and MIDI hardware.
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is a musician, scholar, and technologist active in the fields of experimental music and multimedia theatre whose work explores the intersection of technology and performance. The design of new musical instruments as well as interfaces and computer systems for analysis, improvisation, and projection is at the center of his practice. Patton is also a frequent collaborator in installation, network art, and performance art projects. His work has been recognized for his collaboration with visual artist Maria del Carmen Montoya with the prestigious 2009 Rhizome commission for the piece, I Sky You, an installation that combines chemically synthesized light, video tracking, and sound design.
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is Assistant Chair of the Music Department, and a full-time lecturer in jazz studies, jazz piano, and theory. As an improvising pianist/keyboardist he has performed and/or recorded with such artists as Joe Giardullo, Karl Berger, Assif Tsahar, Tiger Okoshi, Santi Debriano, Brian Melvin, Daniel Levin, Tatsuya Nakatani, John Dirac, Jorrit Dijkstra, Albey Balgochian, Laurence Cook, Dino Govoni, Luther Gray, Jim Robitaille, Brooke Sofferman, Bruno Raberg, Reuben Radding, Dennis Warren’s Full Metal Revolutionary Jazz Ensemble, the Artie Shaw Orchestra (led by Dick Johnson), and the Zen Bastards, among others.
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lives in Reiffenhausen, Germany. Musicians and artists he works with include Lou Reed, Zülfü Livaneli, Al Di Meola, Robert Wilson, Joseph “Butch” Rovan, Lynn Miles and Theodor Franck. He appears on albums by Metallica, Element Of Crime, Alexander Veljanov, Vinx and ChillFactor 5 to name but a few. Well known as a performer of contemporary European chamber music, he has also performed with various rock and folk acts throughout Northern Europe, Greece and Turkey. His solo projects in the field of experimental music led him to Japan, the U.S. and Canada.
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teaches Flute, Music in World Cultures, Musicianship and Small Ensemble classes at TExas A&M University. Dr. Gariazzo’s research focuses on new music by Latin American composers and has presented at the Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Lima International Flute Festival, National Conservatory of Music in Peru, and several National Flute Association Conventions. She has performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Oak Ridge Symphony, the Santa Fe Symphony, the Philharmonia Orchestra at Yale, New Music New Haven, Neither Music, the National Youth Orchestra of Peru, the Academic Orchestra at Colon Theater, the National University of Cuyo Symphony, and the National Orchestra of Argentina.
is an accomplished violinist, composer, and improviser presenting many different styles of new music throughout the world, with the majority of his shows taking place in Los Angeles, Toronto, and New York City. He has worked with many of the world’s most innovative artists and ensembles, including the late James Tenney, Jurg Frey, Michael Gordon, Richard Foreman, Guy Maddin, Wadada Leo Smith, Christian Kesten, Michael Pisaro, and Butch Morris. Mr. Clark is a member of the genre setting new music ensemble The California E.A.R. Unit (LA), the Dog Star Orchestra (LA), neithernor (TOR), and the Kadima String Quartet (LA). His playing has been released on Innova, New World, Tonehole Music, Sundialtech and Tzadik (Spring 2012). His compositions have been released on Henceforth Records and CQB.
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is devoted to the exploration of the intersection between experimental music and theater. His use of live performance, video, staging, music technology, and improvisation create abstract narratives that balance between the tragic and comic. He has performed his compositions throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia in a variety of settings. As a trumpet player specializing in contemporary and improvised musics he has devoted himself to the exploration of new possibilities for that instrument. He is the trumpet player and co-organizer for the sfSoundGroup (a West Coast experimental music collective) and has played with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players, and the La Jolla Symphony.
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