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Signal Culture Residency: Day 6

October 25, 2017

Habitually up early, coffee, scrambled eggs!

Quote of the day –

“Good morning boring art!”
~ Nam June Paik

Spent the morning on administrivia including email, messages, updating my blog, etc. I’m still processing videos from the day before yesterday, compressing to H.264 takes hours and hours.


Al Margolis

At 11:30am Al Margolis arrives. We tour the facility, a full house, Charlotte Clermont is in the Artists’ Studio, Hank Rudolph and Matt are in the Research/living and dining room. We return to the Toolmakers’ Studio and set up to record a couple tracks as ELKA BONG: Al Margolis – viola, objects, contact mics; Walter Wright – AVSynth –

track 01
track 02

We toured around this time last Fall, the first time the AVSynth went ‘on the road’. Looking forward to touring again soon with the enhanced rig and Processing sketches.

At 1:30pm we go for lunch at the Taqueria, after lunch a short walk along the river, then back to the studio. Al packs up, heads back down Rte17 to Chester.


North Street Re ords


North Street


Taqueria on Front Street


Deck overlooking the Susquehanna River


I ate a whole burrito!


Riverwalk

I’m still processing video, sorting audio files. Listening back. Success, the AVSynth looks and sounds great!

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Signal Culture Residency: Day 5

October 24, 2017

Up early, coffee, scrambled eggs!

Downloading video from last night, takes awhile. Spent the morning on administrivia including email, messages, updating my blog, etc. A well developed routine.

At 1:30pm Dave and I head out to Ralph and Sherry’s for a visit.


On our way to Ralph & Sherry’s


Their house, looking south


Their house, looking west


Creek behind the house


Creek behind the house


Their house, looking north, storage barn


Closer up


Front door


Front door


Front door


Inside, Sherry and Ralph


Inside, Sherry, Ralph, Dave and Missy

By 4pm I’m back at Signal, experimenting with Projektor AVSynth –

– 170605a circles, squares, vertical bars and horizontal lines
– 170622a Lowell mills, the same images as used in the crossfade
– 170916a Ben Hersey, the same images as used in the color sketch

By 6pm I’m ready to record. Some fun, a successful patch, control signals work well with both audio and video. The 2 SWOOPs that appear as horizontal bars in the image also kick the FOURSES, oscillator 1 upper BOUNDS and oscillator 4 lower BOUNDS, changing the sound quality and rhythm. When the SWOOPs are running in LFO mode they shift the color of the whole image.

The Geometry sketch seems to have the most potential for performance, easy to work with, lots of variation, and space to breath. The Mills sketch is more difficult, sometimes too much, also more difficult to ‘tune’ on the fly. The sketch of Ben just works!

Rescan is working a little better, but not as well as I would like. My camcorder’s auto-focus and auto-exposure get lost, the resulting image blurs and fades inappropriately. I may be able to adjust the rescan monitor to compensate, however a descent digital video recorder would be a much better solution. Dave also recommended the Black Magic Ultra Studio.

By 9pm I’m finished, spend the rest of the evening reviewing the recordings, processing recordings from the day before.

Mills 01

Mills 02

Geometry 01

Geometry 02

Geometry 03

Geometry 04

Ben 01

Note: The sound on the videos was recorded by the rescan camera, these tracks were recorded directly to my Zoom H4 –

track 01
track 02
track 03
track 04

Signal Culture Residency: Day 4

October 23, 2017

Up early, coffee, scrambled eggs!

Started downloading video from last night, takes awhile. Spent the morning on administrivia including email, messages, updating my blog, etc. A routine developing?

After lunch more Projektor sketches, b&w, input to the AVSynth –

– 170605a circles, squares, vertical bars, and horizontal lines
– 170622a Lowell mills, the same images as used in the crossfade
– 170916a Ben Hersey, the same images as used in the color sketch

A new setup, the AVSynth is now ‘in the loop’.


Click for larger image

I named the first sketch ‘Geometry’, 2-D shapes, and some neat timing. This sketch and the ‘Leaves’ video loop work well with the Jones’ MVIP. The shapes change color as they fade. The vertical bars contrast with the horizontal bars generated by the AVSynth.

In this patch the Mikrophonie module controls the Brightness on the MVIP, and the 2 SWOOP modules control Hue 1 and Hue 2. I can match the ‘speed’ of the animation using the 2 SWOOPs, the low frequency oscillator in FOURSES, the Chaos output of the SPROTT, and/or the oscillator on the DENUM module. Some of these can be set directly, by ‘knob-twiddling’, others are more random.

I spend some time tweaking the second sketch, adding layers and, of course, a flicker. Again color and effects change as the images fade.

The third sketch, a portrait of Ben Hersey, just works. Not a finished piece, it’s more of an idea …

Tonight I turn in early, around 1am, I’ll record these sketches tomorrow.

Signal Culture Residency: Day 3

October 22, 2017

Up early, coffee and scrambled eggs!

Downloaded video from last night, not so good, reshoot. A little discouraging, the good news is that the sketches are working well, the bad news is the quality of the recordings. I’ve narrowed it down to the HDMI > video converter, will look into an upgrade when I get home.

Spent the morning on administrivia including email, messages, updating my blog, etc.

Quote of the day –

“Video artists showed up at ETC. Nam June came up quite often; he would stay with Sherry and me. Woody and Steina Vasulka would come up from New York, and Walter Wright was sort of an artist in residence for a long time.”
~ Ralph Hocking in Binghamton Babylon: Voices From The Cinema Department 1967-1977

After lunch, more Projektor sketches, a series using images from a print by Jan Johnson –

– 170621b that explores crossfades, images the mills in Lowell MA
– 170708a uses images from Jan’s print, explores motion, crossfade and flicker
– 170725a uses images from Jan’s print, Brakhage-like
– 170809a uses images from Jan’s print, explores duration and fade
– 170820a uses images from Jan’s print, explores keying
– 170914a a portrait of Ben Hersey!

I started with the Lowell mills crossfade sketch yesterday but was unable to get a good recording. My first attempt at crossfading, written as a test for ideas that I wanted to use with the images from Jan’s print.

The first of four sketches using images from Jan’s print. I’m attempting to animate the images in a manner analogous to the printing process. Animation implies movement, and the printing process implies layering. And I added a flicker, see the video. Tweaking the code, timing, etc.

I have alway admired Stan Brakhage’s hand-painted films. This next sketch is Brakhage-like. I’m using b&w images, posterized using only 2 levels. I copy the images to the a buffer using random positioning, offset +or- 50 pixels in horizontal and vertical, adding color as a tint, and modifying the buffer using a couple of blend effects LIGHTEST and EXCLUSION. Kept the flicker 8^)))

Up to this point I’ve used frame rate to control speed. This doesn’t allow for an image to fade, it remains on-screen until the next refresh. Setting duration or the number of frames until the next image is drawn, allows fades. Processing is ‘picky’ about fading, this being yet another example …

The last, for the moment, of sketches using images from Jan’s prints. Like the Brakhage-like sketch this one uses b&w posterized images and 5 color images – black, blue, red, yellow, white. The color Jan used in her print.

Here’s something different, a portrait of Ben Hersey using an image from his website. I’m experimenting with color controls.

At 11pm, after a long day, I fire up the rescan monitor and record.

Mills 01

Mills 02

Jan 01

Jan02

Jan 03

Jan 04

Jan 05

Jan 06

Jan 07

Jan 08

Ben 01

Ben 02

[Note added 10/30/2017] Something ‘amiss’, recording quality leaves much to be desired! As documents, still worth posting. When I have figured a better recording method I will re-record and re-post these videos.

Signal Culture Residency: Day 2

October 21, 2017

Up early, coffee & Jevity, went shopping. Bought myself more coffee, V8, soup, ice cream and beer.

Reviewed recordings from last night, a little gaudy, that is, blown out color. I installed a terminator on the rescan monitor and re-recorded. Fixed.


Rescan monitor

Updating my first Projektor sketches. The ‘Projektor’ assembles ‘films’ from high resolution still images and sends them to a window, full-screen on the computer, or full-screen on a secondary display … the rescan monitor. The first four sketches include –

– 170404a that explores copy, blend and filter effects, images from
   Chailey Mansion, Newburyport MA
– 170526a as above, images from Halibut Point State Park, Rockport MA
– 170530b that explores sequences, images from Halibut Point
– 170621b that explores crossfades, images the mills in Lowell MA

I spend the morning tweaking the random copy, blend and filter effects in the first sketch, 170404a. In this sketch Projektor assembles films using random numbers and, as a result, never repeats itself, assembling a new film each time it runs. It starts by choosing 25 images of the 100 available. Each frame is chosen randomly from the available images. Next Projektor decides which effects to apply when drawing the image to the output, a combination of copy, blend and/or filter effects. Frame rate is set randomly and varies between 5-15 fps. Finally, the odds are 1::50 that a new image will be swapped into the available image array.

At 1pm I head over to the Tioga Trails for Dave Jones’ Media Lunch, which occurs every third month on the third Saturday. In attendance are Benton C Bainbridge. Jonas Bers, Peer Bode, Dave Jones, Hank Rudolph, Sherry Miller-Hocking, Brian Murphy, Matt Schlanger, Neil Zusman, and several others, all video artists.


Tioga Trails


Dave and Hank


Benton C


Peer, Brian, Matt, and Sherry


Neil

At 3pm I’m back at Signal Culture, tweaking sketches. I decide to skip over the second sketch, move on to sketch 170530b and sequences. Tweaking is simple, it’s reducing the number of lines of code in a sketch. This means getting rid of unnecessary variables and using arrays and tables for fixed data. The ‘tweaked’ set usually runs faster but is not as easy to read, So for all the lines of code I take away, I add and equal number of comments.

Benton C Bainbridge drops by, we chat about high resolution recording, he gives me a few hints.

At 7pm I head over to Dave’s to catch a ride to this year’s ’Transient Visions Festival. The program tonight features work by artists from The Experimental Television Center and Signal Culture – Jason Bernagozzi, Sara Bonaventura, Jamie Hahn, Alison Nguyen, Monica Panzarino, Kristin Reeves, Eric Souther, Benjamin Rosenthal, Charles Woodman, Neil Zusman; and a performance by Jonas Bers and Nathan Cearley. I do like Jonas’s work.


Jones’ Video Synthesizer


The latest, greatest video oscillator


Nathan and Jonas at Transient Visions

At 11pm, back at Signal Culture, I fire up the rescan monitor and record.

Chailey 01

Chailey 02

Halibut 01

Halibut 02

[Note added 10/28/2017] Something ‘amiss’, recording quality leaves much to be desired! As documents, still worth posting. When I have figured a better recording method I will re-record and re-post these videos.

Signal Culture Residency: Day 1

October 20, 2017

Left Lowell at 9am, exactly …

Packed up, everything fits in the trunk!

BOOMCHICKAPOP

and arrived in Owego 6hrs later at 3pm. I was a couple of hours early, expecting to get in closer to 5pm. The drive was relatively uneventful, stop & go on I90 near Westfield MA, lost 30min. However, it was a beautiful day, the trees were near peaking, red & gold leaves everywhere.

Hank was waiting at Signal Culture. We unloaded the car, chatted for 45min, then Hank took off and I started unpacking and organizing.

Toolmakers’ workspace

Setup the computer, AVSynth, audio and video. Next a rescan monitor inside an empty rack covered in black cloth, Spent the evening testing the rescan monitor and listening to audio files. Works, will check it out again tomorrow along with the AVSynth.

Gigs September, 2017

September 30, 2017

XFest UK 2017
September 8-10 at YHA Edale, Hope Valley, Derbyshire UK
Friday Evening
Audrey Chen (solo)
Viv Corringham, Zach Darrup (duo)
Michael F Dailey Jr, Bonnie Kane, Andrea Pensado (trio)
Anton Hunter, Adrian Northover, Jack Wright, Cilla Vee (4tet)

Saturday Afternoon
Anton Hunter, Emmanuel Lalande, Dei Xhrist (trio)
Audrey Chen, Adrian Northover (duo)
Michael F Dailey Jr, Sue Lynch, Cilla Vee (trio)
Rodrigo Constanzo, Stephanie Germaine (duo)

Saturday Evening
Mike Funaiole, Richard Scott (duo)
Emmanuel Lalande, Sue Lynch, Dei Xhrist (trio)
Viv Corringham, Arnaud le Mindu, Stephanie Germaine (trio)
Rodrigo Constanzo, Mia Zabelka (duo)

Sunday Afternoon
Mike Funaiole, Bonnie Kane, Andrea Pensado (trio)
Richard Scott, Mia Zabelka (duo)
Zach Darrup, Stephanie Germaine, Arnaud le Mindu (trio)
Viv Corringham, Jack Wright (duo)

Programming: Walter Wright

Performance Lab: Electron-eeks
September 16 at The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Walter Wright – videos
plus
Joe Brown, Mike Funaiole, Christos Koulendros, Will Middlemiss, Bill T Miller, Edward Sears Read

AVSynth: Geometry recorded June 9, 2017

June 10, 2017

 

AVSynth using Projektor, a Processing sketch, as input, take 2.

Geometry is a b& w Processing sketch using only circles, squares, vertical bars and horizontal lines. On each frame, these simple ‘shapes’ will be drawn randomly, or not. The size and position of the shapes is also random, as are the fade and frame rate. Color and effects are added by the Jones’ MVIP.

patch

Sound is generated by using PeterB’s SWOOP, FOURSES and SPROTT modules.

Both sound and video are touch-controlled using a Mikrophonie module and PeterB’s Mr GRASSI.

All done in real-time, no edits.

AVSynth: Geometry recorded June 7, 2017

June 7, 2017

 

The latest from the AVSynth using Projektor, a Processing sketch, as input.

Geometry is a b& w Processing sketch using only circles, squares, vertical bars and horizontal lines. On each frame, these simple ‘shapes’ will be drawn randomly, or not. The size and position of the shapes is also random, as are the fade and frame rate. Color and effects are added by the Jones’ MVIP.

patch

Sound is generated by using PeterB’s SWOOP, FOURSES and SPROTT modules.

Both sound and video are touch-controlled using a Mikrophonie module and PeterB’s Mr GRASSI.

All done in real-time, no edits.

Projektor: Chailey Mansion March, 2017 v2

May 31, 2017

 

A second version of the “film”, still working on the Processing sketch. A better recording, getting there!