Performing with the Norwegian Noise Orchestra

Performing with the Norwegian Noise OrchestraYesterday, I performed with the Norwegian Noise Orchestra at Betong in Oslo, at a concert organised by Dans for Voksne. The orchestra is an ad-hoc group of noisy improvisers, and I immediately felt at home. The performance lasted for 12 hours, from noon to midnight, and I performed for two hours in the afternoon.

For the performance I used my Soniperforma patch based on the sonifyer technique and the Jamoma module I developed a couple of years ago (jmod.sonifyer~). The technique is based on creating a motion image from the live camera input (the webcam of my laptop in this case), and use this to draw a motiongram over time, which again is converted to sound through an “inverse FFT” process.

In the performance I experimented with how different types of video filters and effects influenced the sonic output. The end result was, in fact, quite noisy, as it should be at a noise performance.

To document my contribution, I have made a quick and dirty edit of some of the video recordings I did during the performance. Unfortunately, the audio recording of the cameras used does not do justice to the excellent noise in the venue, but it gives an impression of what was going on.

Transformation on YouTube

Victoria Johnson has posted a video of the performance of our piece Transformation on Youtube:

The video is from Victoria’s final performance as part of her research fellowship in the arts (PhD-equivalent), which happened Monday 28 March 2011 at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

As I wrote earlier this year:

Transformation a piece where we are using video analysis to control sound selection and spatialisation. We have been developing the setup and piece during the last couple of years, and performed variations of the piece at MIC, the Opera house and at the music academy last year.

Concert: Victoria Johnson

Together with Victoria Johnson I have developed the piece Transformation, a piece where we are using video analysis to control sound selection and spatialisation. We have been developing the setup and piece during the last couple of years, and performed variations of the piece at MIC, the Opera house and at the music academy last year.

The piece will be performed again today, Monday 28 March 2011 at 19:00 at the Norwegian Academy of Music. The concert is the final performance of Victoria’s 3 year research fellowship in the arts (PhD-equivalent).

Concert at the Academy

nmh-concertDagsavisen wrote a story about the experimental concert I played with Kjell Tore Innervik (quarter tone marimba) and Arve Henriksen (trumpet). I had brought down a bunch of equipment from my office to the Music Academy, including a couple of music balls, a Lemur, game controllers and some video cameras. It took a couple of days to get everything up and running, but it has been great fun to make everything work and explore the musical possibilities.

Using some of the video modules in Jamoma, I made a small setup where Kjell Tore can trigger and control effects in Ableton Live while he is moving behind the marimbas. It works more or less ok, but we need to make a setup which is easier to calibrate. Right now it needs somewhat stable lighting, but it should be possible to make it adjust automatically to account for changing lights.