Category Archives: Videos

For Bunita Marcus at Boston Court

For Bunita Marcus at Boston Court

I will be providing live-visuals for pianist Vicki Ray’s performance of Morton Feldman’s For Bunita Marcus on Friday, July 8th at Boston Court in Pasadena, CA. Vicki and I originally collaborated on a similar performance of For Bunita Marcus in 1998 using a primitive live video setup and one of the first live-video software programs called Imagine created at STEIM in Amsterdam. The technical setup in 1998 used an analog video camera processed at low resolution using a bulky Power Mac 8500 and a dedicated video card. For this performance I’ll just bring my laptop running Jitter and a pan-tilt-zoom HD video camera to create 1080p live visuals!

PiAV Demo No.1

PiAv Demo No.2

Digital Meditation Loop No.2

Digital Meditation Loop No.1

I’ve been experimenting with sound and video collisions using max/msp/jitter. The result of this particular collision is a one minute video loop using footage of a Dutch herring chef and a processed field recording of the market where the herring stand was located. The sonic and visual processing is driven by a crossed feedback network of parameter data from the digital audio and video files. The sound affects the video and the video affects the sound.

Networked Raspberry Pis and Pure Data

This past Spring I have been tinkering with the Raspberry Pi computers. They are pretty amazing considering that they only cost about $40. The two areas I have been researching have been running Pure Data networked between three Pis and setting up stand-alone HD video players for use in galleries and kiosks. Here’s a demo video of three Pis networked together, running Pure Data, and being controlled via a laptop with Pure Data and a Korg Nano controller.

Raspberry Pi – HD video player demo

The video below demonstrates using a Raspberry Pi micro-computer as a standalone, high-definition video player for use in museums, galleries or any space equipped with an HDMI capable flatscreen monitor or projector. The RPI provides an inexpensive alternative to using a laptop, Mac Mini, or DVD player for the display of high definition content by video-artists, film-makers, and photographers. I’ve written a script which makes the system extremely easy for anyone to use. Simply connect the RPI to a video display with a HDMI cable and power up the RPI. Once the RPI boots, it will immediately play and loop a series of files stored in a folder designated by the user. It will run for days without a hitch.

With an additional usb WIFI stick attached to the RPI, a user can remotely connect and change what files play or upload additional content. In addition, the RPI uses an SD card for its file system providing easy backup capability and a simple way to exchange content. The script I’ve written uses the RPI’s stock system resources and does not rely on third party code which would require download, installation and future updates.

I will be teaching a workshop on the RPI HD video player at Machine Project in Los Angeles on August 20th and 22nd, 2013. Details about the workshop will be available soon.

STEIM Residency Documentation

I just received the video documentation of the 2010 STEIM exchange. It was a really great group of students to work with!

CalArts 2010 Residency from STEIM Amsterdam on Vimeo.

STEIM Residency documentation

Here is the documentation of our STEIM residency that took place in October of 2009.

Check out the STEIM Blog for more photos and text:

Here is a short and somewhat hilarious documentary movie created by Christoph Scherbaum. Christoph was assigned to follow us around a bit and find out what we were up to. One day, we accidentally locked him in the studio while we went for lunch. We felt really bad when we came back after lunch!

CalArts: The ESP Ensemble from STEIM Amsterdam on Vimeo.

Photographs of our performance taken by Frank Balde.

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