Happy summer! I’ve got lots of new PIGS (Percussive Image Gestural System) stuff posted!
Videos: (all with Curt Miller):
The first three are the first videos I’ve been able to make with a satisfactory capture setup. (Frame rate not quite up to snuff on the first one so it looks jerkier than in “real life,” but the “June 8th, 2018” videos are full 60fps.)
“Utopian Algorithm #1” — PIGS (Percussive Image Gestural System) Studio Rehearsal/Demo, June 2018
“June 8th, 2018 – excerpt” — PIGS Real-time animation excerpt
“PIGS film! – June 8th, 2018 – excerpt” The full uncut real-time animated studio performance — a recording turned “PIGS Film.”
Documentation video of PIGS performance at ICLI (International Conference on Live Interfaces), Porto.
Finally, we’ve done some substantial writing about PIGS, the colliding histories behind it, our responses to working in mixed-modal (audio/visual) improvisation, and our responses to improvising with algorithmically curated, near real time videos by real people on YouTube. Hope you’ll have a read!
“On PIGS:” Chapter-length interview with audiovisual developers/performers Amy Alexander and Curt Miller.
Abstract: Amy Alexander and Curt Miller discuss mixed modal improvisation with their custom integrated
software systems PIGS (Alexander, visuals) and The Farm (Miller, sound.) In this free-flowing
discussion, Alexander and Miller discuss historical visual, music and programming practices
including abstract animation, graphic scores, and object-oriented programming. They discuss
how these trajectories feed into the development of PIGS, a system designed to facilitate
improvisation by using drums and visual controllers to perform structured visuals. The artists
then discuss the specificities of mixed-modal collaborative improvisation, including the impact of
representational content (algorithmically curated YouTube videos) on their responses as
improvisers. They review responses to PIGS performances to date and discuss future plans for
new PIGS performance context. They conclude with a discussion of PIGS as audiovisual
performance research and propose some ideas for the future role of frameless visuals in music
Looking forward to doing some new PIGS performance and installation work with the AlgoCurator in the coming months.
Meanwhile, you can find the whole slew of past and present PIGS info at the usual place: