ZenMan X Performance for Video at Texas A&M University

Screen Shot 2016-08-14 at 4.59.24 PMIn fall 2010, German Cellist Ulrich Maiß collaborated with TAMU students to create a full concert of new works using technology and improvisation as part of his ZenMan touring program. (Click here to see that performance.)

In spring 2016, Maiß returned to TAMU on his ZenMan X tour. Inspired by the recent release of performance materials by cellist and performance artist Charlotte Moorman, and reflecting on the fact that her work can now be experienced only through its documentation, often scant and poor in quality, Maiß and TAMU’s students created works of “performance for video”—live performances that consider all aspects of the live moment, created with more than just pitches and rhythms, works that were necessarily written for cello (or cellist) in some way, and whose significant features can still be experienced through its video documentation.

The entire performance is below in program order. Click each composer’s name to read artistic statements and portfolios of research, development, and creative work leading up to the creation of this performance. Continue reading

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Shankcraft, live audiovisual sampling improvisation environment

Animal arms
At work
Like machines

An immersive audiovisual composed improvisational environment. The performance is structured to juxtapose horizontal and vertical gestures (e.g., for percussion, rubbing versus striking). All digital sound is sampled from the acoustic instrument live during the performance. All video is a live processed feed of the performer’s arms at work, exploded into full textures that immerse the audience in the sensation of the actions that are causing the sounds they hear.

Rehearsal with Sergio Castrillón, cello (https://sergiocastrillon.com/) at Korjaamo, Sound and Music Computing Conference, Helsinki, Finland

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Raveshift

The voice of the machine / How our devices party when we’re away: Listen to the wide variety of timbres, rhythm, and textures that come out of a simple feedback loop and ONLY a 1 second delay—no other processing besides acoustic effects of the room and moving bodies around the speakers.

Developed while in residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, at I-Park, and at the Atlantic Center for the Arts again. Premiered in four channels at the Sound and Music Computing conference (SMC) in Greater Helsinki, Finland.

Here’s a demo of the four-channel version:

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New on Weblogmusic: Live Sampling Mix

Do you do live sampling in your improvisations? Join us in the Live Sampling mix on Weblogmusic! Just video yourself playing along with the first track (below), using it as your ONLY SOUND SOURCE, post it on YouTube, and send it to us. Details are at http://weblogmusic.org . To keep the mix pure, even the first track is built by using itself as a sound source: simple acoustic feedback.

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