Back in 2007, I had the honor of coauthoring a chapter on live audiovisuals for “The Cambridge Companion to Electronic Music” with the incredible Nick Collins. An updated edition of the book is out now, and Nick and I have updated the live audiovisuals chapter for the occasion. You can also get a physical copy at Amazon or ask for it at your favorite library or still-extant bookseller.
Just posted lots of new images to the Mary Hallock Greenewalt Visibility Project from my latest dig into the amazing Mary Hallock Greenewalt archive at Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Lots of interesting things this time, including Mary’s proposed nomenclature for light color play scoring, her patent dispute with Thomas Wilfred, her research on earlier color organs and rheostats, and more. So I’ll break things down into a few different posts on the Mary Hallock Greenewalt Facebook page. As always, you can find everything in the Visibility Project indexed by tag.
Meanwhile, for starters..
I’ve been especially sporadic about posting lately, but busy, I promise! Here’s video of the performance I did with Arshia Haq at the Broad Museum in August. I performed using my PIGS video drums system — this time working with YouTube videos from South Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East to improvise visuals with Arshia’s musical narrative.
More PIGS-related activity brewing for the not-too-distant future. Meanwhile, I’m busy at UCSD teaching a graduate seminar in expanded cinema, an undergrad senior projects seminar, serving as ICAM / Speculative Design area head, and on the gallery committee for Gallery @ Calit2.
In LA? I’ll be performing with über-amazing Arshia Haq at the Broad on Saturday Aug 26th! More info at https://www.thebroad.org/programs/summer-happenings-broad-oracle
Hope you can make it!
Jazzed to be collaborating with Arshia Fatima Haq for the “Now Hear This” show at Montalvo Arts Center on July 21st. Unfortunately I can’t be there in person, but I’ve recorded some custom PIGS visuals for Arshia’s performance.
Wish I could be there in person, as this should be a really cool event! But fortunately I’ll be performing live with Arshia at the “Summer Happenings at the Broad” event at the Broad in LA in August.
The most recent batch of uploads from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania includes a number of documents on Mary’s political involvements
(related to women’s suffrage, the Equal Rights Amendment, and other topics), as well as a number of texts of and notes from lectures she gave — mainly to the Illuminating Engineers Society of Philadelphia in the early 1920’s. The lecture texts are illuminating (pun intended) because she discusses her involvements in developing rheostats. (Mary did not “invent the rheostat,” but she did develop a specific type of rheostat that could be used for dimming lights in equal increments — important for her expressive color organ work.)
You can search the index of the Visibility Project images for tags like “rheostat” and “lecture” to find full lecture texts with more details.
Arshia and I first performed together last year for It’s Your Party (organized by the fantabulous Nancy Buchanan.) I’ll be performing using PIGS, playing a YouTube video set specially tuned to Arshia’s music and the Oracle event.
Über-excited to be performing as part of “It’s Your Party” organized by Nancy Buchanan on November 3rd at UC Irvine! (I’ll be doing audiovisual performance using PIGS (my “video drums”) system with an all-new set of specially selected videos for the show.) More info here.