Marshweed in the Garden at Jam at the Barn

Marshweeds Garden

Heather Lockie and I will be premiering some of the songs from the upcoming Marshweed in the Garden record that we’ve been working on for about a year. We are very excited but also a little nervous since we’re both a little out of our musical safety zones. I’ve been forced to use Ableton Live for backing tracks and Heather will have to perform to a click track on a couple of tunes. Oh the horror! Here’s a link to the Facebook Event

Embedded below is a demo mix of Findr Keepr from the upcoming Marshweed in the Garden record.

Networked Ensemble at DogStar 11

Hub Jr

“Hub Jr”, is a newly formed networked computer music ensemble located in Los Angeles comprised of composers Casey Anderson, Scott Cazan, David Paha, Stephanie Smith and myself. The name Hub Jr is temporary and is an homage to the networked computer music ensemble The Hub. We are currently going through the process of picking a name for the ensemble. Each of us studied at CalArts with Mark Trayle who was one of the founding members of The Hub and was a big influence on each of our own musical pathways. With Mark’s sudden passing this past Spring, we were asked to organize a concert for the DogStar Orchestra concert series featuring Mark’s music. We decided the Dogstar concert on May 19th would be our premiere performance as an ensemble. We performed two pieces on the concert. The first piece, Pins and Splits was a networked composition that Mark wrote and the second was a free improvisation that we performed in Mark’s honor. Check out the live recording below:

Pi Speaker photo gallery

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The photo gallery below shows the process of building eight Pi Speakers over the course of a couple of weeks in the Summer of 2014.

PiAV Demo No.1

PiAv Demo No.2

PiAV premieres in the WaveCave gallery

My eight channel audio-visual installation PiAV premiere’s tomorrow in the WaveCave gallery at CalArts. The piece will be running from September 1st to September 9th. I have the pleasure of being the very first artist to present work in the newly created gallery space that is dedicated to sound works.

PiAV Info

Audio-Visual Installation at ICMC

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I will be premiering a new audio-visual installation titled PiAV at this years International Computer Music Conference in Athens, Greece from September 14th through September, 20th 2014.

PiAV is an immersive multi-sensory environment created using twelve Raspberry Pi computers. I have created a portable 8-channel sound environment using custom made speaker boxes, networked Raspberry Pi computers, OSC and Pure Data. In addition I have created a 2-channel video-feedback and motion tracking system using four Raspberry Pi computers, Raspberry Pi camera modules, OSC and a custom Python script. Since the Rasperry Pi computers are so small the whole system is completely portable and only requires a gallery space, a wifi connection (I can bring an ethernet hub if necessary), two video projectors and power.

PiAV is an installation that can be observed and is also participatory but in a subtle way. In its more static form PiAV makes use of quiet sin waves that are tuned in a unique just-intonation scale and activate the space through subtle beatings. Meanwhile two channels of abstracted video images are generated using very simple digital processing inspired by traditional analog video feedback techniques. The system is cross-polinated whereby the ever-changing combinations of pitches (clusters) influence the video feedback system and the colors and the amount of motion within the video influence the audio parameters creating a meta feedback system. Two additional Raspberry Pis are used for simple motion tracking of the gallery space. When viewers/listeners enter the environment their movements are tracked providing another subtle input to the audio-visual system which cues interaction and participation.

Raspberry Pi Workshop at Machine Project

Raspberry Pi workshop

I will be teaching a three day Raspberry Pi workshop at Machine Project on Tuesday, July 29th, Thursday, July 31st, and Tuesday, August 5th, 2014. The workshop will focus on using the Raspberry Pi camera module with an emphasis on basic video and audio applications.

In this workshop we will cover getting started with Raspberry Pi computers with an emphasis on working with HD video playback, using the camera module and getting started with sound output using Pure Data. Technically inclined audio-visual artists are encouraged to attend but anyone with a general curiosity about the Raspberry Pi and Linux is welcome. The first class session will focus on getting the Raspberry Pi up and running which will include: installing the system, configuring a WIFI module, and running basic commands

The second class meeting will cover playing back HD video files with a Raspberry Pi and using the camera module to capture HD videos to disk, creating a Python script to make a time-lapse camera capture device, and if time permits we will explore a RaspberryPi “Video Synth” that is remotely controlled from your laptop.

The third class will meeting will delve into using the Raspberry Pi’s built-in audio functions which will include: basic audio playback, installing Pure Data, and running Pure Data patches on a Raspberry pi.

Dog Star Orchestra Concert Series

Dog Star Orchestra

I will be co-curating a concert and premiering a new piece for the 10th annual Dog Star Orchestra concert series. The concert will take place on Tuesday, June 10th 2014 at The Wulf in Los Angeles. The Dog Star Orchestra concert series was founded by composer Michael Pisaro over ten years ago and highlights experimental sound practices and performances by LA based composers and performers.

The first half of the concert on June 10th will feature a performance of Robert Lax’s Black and White Oratorio organized and directed by Sara Roberts. The second half of the concert will feature three new computer music works for the Raspberry Pi based speakers that I recently developed and built. Billed as Three Pieces for Networked Speakers the second half of the concert will feature Type A Nightmare No.2 by Clay Chaplin, Synopsis by Sepand Shahab, and A Glimpse by David Paha. Performers will include Jenica Anderson, Clay Chaplin, Heather Lockie, David Paha, Sepand Shahab, and Stephanie Smith.

Recording session with Mark Trayle

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I recently finished a recording session with composer Mark Trayle. We recorded his piece Nearfield Edges in the Wild Beast concert hall at CalArts. Mark’s piece uses a piezo-based feedback mechanism to activate the space with very high frequencies (in the 13K range) that bounce around the room and create mind altering sonic experiences. I used the mid-side stereo technique with a Schoeps CM5 as the mid and an AKG 414 as the side for the main pair. I used an array of Neumann km-184s in the back of the hall to capture room resonances. Look for a release of the piece in the late summer of 2014.