ICOSI

2011

audiovisual performance, installation
7' x 7' x 1' projection-mapped sculpture, stereo audio
Processing, Java, OpenGL, Ableton Live, MaxMSP

more photos on flickr

Process

The form is composed of 7 panels trimmed and scaled from a full icosidodecahedron. The piece represents my practice and experiences in regards to my own growth and experience. Geometrically, the form is inspired by sacred polyhedra that represent forms of transition. The choice of an icosidodecahedron represents transition of two forms and frequencies, represented by an icosahedron and its dual polyhedron, a dodecahedron.

Software and audio toolsets for ICOSI are procedurally generated from the form. A factor I didn't anticipate was how this project dramatically split my focus into two realms (sound and visuals), which was a juggle that I didn't anticipate as I was developing the visual software on one split-screen before the performance. My goal was to create a unified performance tool, yet still resulted in a focus split. I am inspired to continue pursuing interfaces and controllers to overcome the separation of creating audio and visuals simultaneously.

The multiple mediums (sculpture, sound, visual media) of this particular project was fascinating. Each iteration represents a process of my curiosities in technology, consciousness, spirituality, design, and fabrication.

Software Control Schema

sends
  low pass | overall complexity
  delay    | overall trails
  reverb   | overall softness

mode presets
  ctrl via /monome128

each
  (16 arpvis/clips)
  (16 effect automations)
  (1 mute)

[VERTS]

desc            | rhythm, clicks, pulses quarks, photos, static, stars
timbre          | percussive, clicks, bells
inst            | collision (synthesis)
pulse           | note
pulse len       | note length, decay
radius          | band pass filter amt (thick = lows, thin = highs)
trail number    | decay feedback
trail length    | decay wetness
reverb          | softness
left/right pos  | pan
alpha           | vel
rotation (xy)   | auto-pan

arp vis:
  all hold
  all pulse
  directional
  random
  multiple pulse modes (can link with edges)

[EDGES]

desc            | voices, chants, drones, rhythms, tones, frequencies
timbre          | bass, synth, drone
inst            | korg / guit (live, recordings)
pulse           | note
dir pulse       | note w/length, decay
dir pulse len   | note length, decay
thickness       | band pass filter amt (thick = lows, thin = highs)
envelope        | adsr
trail number    | decay feedback
trail length    | decay wetness
reverb          | softness
left/right pos  | pan
alpha           | vel
rotation (xy)   | auto-pan

arp vis:
  all hold
  all pulse / all verts of one plane pulse
  8x directions
  random placement, tree growth
  multiple pulse modes (can link with verts)

[PLANES]

desc            | ambience, low freq, textures, rhythms, pulses, orbiting
timbre          | gong, cymbal, bell
inst            | sampler (recordings)
pulse           | hit w/decay
pulse in/out    | attack envelope
pulse from edge | hits w/decay
light revs      | panning, auto pan
color           | reverb, detail
left/right pos  | pan
alpha           | vel
rotation (xy)   | auto-pan
rotate mask     | auto-pan

arp vis: 
  all hold
  all pulse
  8x directions
  random placements, pulse
  colors
  revolutions with orbiting light colors
  glow

performances

Nov 06 2010 Takes on Sound & Space, live visual performance with music by Jeff Lubow.

Jul 29 2010 Biennial of the Americas, Denver CO




Rider

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