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Monica Cloud
I was charged with the task of creating a virtual, audio-visual instrument. Most of the real-time graphics editing programs that I researched use a node network for programming. It is meant to be easier for artists to learn because everything is visual. Accustomed to script programming, I found the task of learning node network programming limiting and daunting and in my research stumbled across VVVV which seemed to be a little of both. VVVV (commonly pronounced ‘fear fow’ [‘vier v’] meaning “4 v’s” in German) is a general purpose toolkit with a special focus on real time video synthesis and programming large media environments with physical interfaces, real-time motion graphics, audio and video. As I was learning VVVV, I found that one of its nodes, audio analysis, will turn live audio into numbers, giving me a variable that I easily understand and know how to utilize. This information triggers an animation that distorts 3D geometry, creating an exploding effect.

Amy Golden

For module three, I assumed the role of composer and performer and took a somewhat literal approach. Monica provided me with stills of the object excited to five different levels, each with greater energy and variety than the last. From these stills, I traced the “landscape” of each excited object. The five landscapes became five separate movements, each corresponding to increasingly lax parameters set for the object’s movement. The peaks and valleys, as well as the “beginning to end” movement of the line were then translated into corresponding pitches, volumes and timbres. Each movement cycles through the vowels “a, e, i, o, u” in the traditional order to give an auditory sense of beginning and end without utilizing actual language, though sometimes doubling back on itself according to the line. In this way, it’s as if the singer is traveling along a sonic path by following a line on a map. As the performance progresses, the object and performer seemingly “learn” from one another to become the most alike by the end of the piece, utilizing a style of communication that is at once simpler than words and able to achieve things that words could not.

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