Very excited to be doing a keynote and PIGS performance with Curt Miller at the International Conference on Live Coding at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario on October 14th. I’ll be on a panel on Live Coding and the Visual Arts that day, too!
The amazing Curt Miller and I will be heading for Brisbane in early July to perform at NIME 2016 (New Interfaces for Musical Expression.) Despite my terrible photos, it’s PIGS (Percussive Image Gestural System) 2.0! Curt will be performing his amazing Talk Box Clarinet (TBC), and I’ll be performing real-time visuals with my Not-Quite-Silent Video Drumset Featuring Drink Coasters and Hand Waving. (NQSVDFDCHW.) OMG!
It’s been a busy five months since the studio flooded! But in between inventories, insurance, multiple moves, and starting to rebuild, I’ve been teaching and getting a bit of other work done. If the travel funding wizards smile upon me, hope to have some performance news soon.
But this week’s big news: I’ll be speaking at UCSD Design Lab this Wednesday, April 13th. My talk is titled:
“The Future is Dead. Long Live the Future: A Mad Art Journey Through Some Unmovieish Movie-Making Machines.” (I’m in training for the talk title length world’s record.)
In early November, a water main break destroyed my studio. Among the lost equipment were all of my servers, which hosted most of my net projects: The Multi-Cultural Recycler, plagiarist.org, Cuejack, theBot, and several others. Some, like The Multi-Cultural Recycler, can not be restored, because they required specific software and hardware that’s no longer available. I am gradually restoring others, by moving them to temporary servers until I can replace the main server. Most things are documented here at amy-alexander.com, but many of the linked projects will be offline while the server is down…
Update: 12/20/15 – And we’re back! All the sites that can be restored have been fluffed up and moved to the cloud.
Curt Miller and I will be performing on Saturday in San Diego. It’s an audiovisual improvisation: site-specific video, my custom PIGS software, silent percussion generating visuals.. and Curt’s amazing clarinet and computer music! I hope you’ll join us! 7pm in the Auditorium! Exclamation Points!
Here’s video from the debut of the “beta” version of PIGS (Percussive Image Gestural System). The beta voyage was “Rocket’s Red Glare: Things Exploding on YouTube,” an audiovisual improvisation with clarinetist/sound artist Curt Miller. Performed as part of the IDEAS series at Qualcomm Institute. Hopefully more news soon!
Some pix from The PIGS (Percussive Image Gestural System) debut this month as part of the IDEAS series at Qualcomm Institute. Curt Miller and I developed an improvisational audiovisual performance, “Rocket’s Red Glare,” based on the theme of “Things Exploding on YouTube.” I used PIGS to perform visuals, and Curt performed live clarinet, custom software, and vintage cassette tape recorder.
Video on its way very soon! Thanks to Alex Matthews for the great pix and video stills:
Here’s some photos from CyberSpaceLand at the Body / Space / Time event last month at San Diego Art Institute. Thanks Eva De Leon for inviting me, and thanks Emily Corkery for shooting these delightful pix!
IDEAS performance: Rocket’s Red Glare
Date: September 3rd, 2015
Location: Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego
Host: Shahrokh Yadegari, Director, IDEAS
First (beta!) performance introducing the work I’ve been developing for past couple years. As I’ve still got the training wheels on, the event will be part concert performance, part research/software demo.
PIGS (Percussive Image Gestural System) – is a software/hardware visual instrument and a research framework for some new approaches to improvisational cinematic performance. Rocket’s Red Glare is a concert performance I’ve been developing with clarinetist / sound artist Curt Miller. An experiment in audiovisual improvisation, Rocket’s Red Glare is the first piece to use PIGS.
While PIGS is still in an early state, and I feel like a kid at her first piano recital, hopefully it’ll be the beginning of things to come. And Curt’s music is really great – so hope you can make it!