Bioacoustic Research @ Anheuser Busch Coastal Research Center
Jun
8
to Jun 15

Bioacoustic Research @ Anheuser Busch Coastal Research Center

In collaboration with University of Virginia Environmental Sciences Ph.D. student Martin Volaric I am recording the sound of oyster reefs using a stereo hydrophone setup off the coast of Cape Charles, Virginia.

The underwater sound recordings will be synced to data from a battery of other measurement devices (oxygenation, water turbulence, depth, etc.).

More info. about the center.

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Kafka's Metamorphosis VR Installation (Goethe Institute Estonia)
Apr
16
to Apr 27

Kafka's Metamorphosis VR Installation (Goethe Institute Estonia)

The Metamorphosis VR (VRWandlung) is an interactive gallery installation produced by the Goethe Institut that is being installed in Goethe Institutes around the world over 2018-2019, being installed first in Prague, Czech Republic and during April in Tallinn, Estonia. 

VRWandlung consists of 1) a virtual reality experience that takes audience members into the room of Gregor Samsa, the lead character of Franz Kafka's 1915 novella The Metamorphosis, 2) a pains-stakingly crafted miniature version of Samsa's room immersed in quadrophonic environmental sound, and 3) a set of headphones where one can listen to music inspired by The Metamorphosis.

My role on this production was as dialogue editor, sound designer, and audio technology consultant. Instagram here. | Goethe Institut event page here.

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Lumina Sound Installation @ Technosonics Festival
Feb
22
to Feb 24

Lumina Sound Installation @ Technosonics Festival

 

Inspired by the form and construction process of Lumina, the composed soundscape is a sonic ecosystem of semi-artificial sound creatures in an environment of rich, slowly evolving tones. The work is played back over six speakers attached to the structure's surface, engulfing listeners in immersive sound that traces the curves and delineates the boundaries of the structure while they stand beneath it.

The Lumina installation was created by students of the University of Virginia School of Architecture led by Professor Michael Beaman, Fabrication Facilities manager Melissa Goldman and guest designer Andrew Kudless. It’s full form was originally fully installed for the Bicentennial celebration in October 2017.

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Talk on Music Information Retrieval, Data Sonification, and Electroacoustic Music @ University of Virginia Quantitative Psychology Lab
Feb
8
12:00 PM12:00

Talk on Music Information Retrieval, Data Sonification, and Electroacoustic Music @ University of Virginia Quantitative Psychology Lab

Abstract:

There exist numerous methods and entry points for using computers within electronic music research, many of which are necessarily interdisciplinary. These range from using computers as music composition systems, as tools to better understand (and algorithmically generate) music, and as machines that can convert (almost) any type of data into sound. This talk will introduce the fields of data sonification, music information retrieval, and electroacoustic music as part of my creative and research praxis. Ongoing work constructing a novel, biological model-driven digital musical instrument (the Murmurator), designing collaborative ecological data sonification with the UVA Ecological Methods Lab, and creating immersive sonifications of simulated protein trajectories from the field of computational biochemistry as part of my dissertation research will be discussed. Several topics and projects relevant to psychology and quantitative psychology with respect to these fields will also be covered.

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The Metamorphosis VR Installation
Jan
24
to Mar 29

The Metamorphosis VR Installation

  • Goethe-Institut Prag, Prague, Czech Republic (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Metamorphosis VR is an interactive gallery installation hosted at the Goethe Institut Prag in Prague, Czech Republic. It consists of 1) a virtual reality experience that takes audience members into the room of Gregor Samsa, the lead character of Franz Kafka's 1915 novella The Metamorphosis, 2) a pains-stakingly crafted miniature version of Samsa's room, and 3) a set of headphones where one can listen to music inspired by the metamorphosis.

My role on this production was as dialogue editor, sound designer, and audio technology consultant. Instagram here. | Goethe Institut event page here.

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Angels / Over Exposure at Let There Be Light
Dec
8
6:00 PM18:00

Angels / Over Exposure at Let There Be Light

  • Piedmont Virginia Community College, Charlottesville, VA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A collaboration between Ted Coffey (concept, programming) and myself (programming), Angels / Over Exposure is an interactive video installation in which participants shine lights on projected images of the August 12th conflict in Charlottesville to reveal underlying frescoes of angels. The lights (or the participant's shadows) burn away the layers of images, ultimately creating a collectively-produced abstract collage of conflict and sanctitude.

Hosted at the 11th annual Let There Be Light, an event that celebrates the approach of the winter solstice and the longest night of the year with light-based art installations created by local and regional artists. The exhibition illuminates and transforms the darkened grounds surrounding the V. Earl Dickinson Building for one night only and is attended by over 2,500 people yearly.

Documentation here.

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Human Shaped Objects @ The Bridge
Nov
9
8:00 PM20:00

Human Shaped Objects @ The Bridge

  • The Bridge, Charlottesville, VA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Myself and Kevin Davis performed a live set of a flocking simulation-controlled ambisonic polyphonic grain generator (called the "Murmurator")... put more simply, live multi-channel (8 channel) electronic music!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/105150123564617/

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PRISM Sax Quartet - Breath Beneath (with Kati Agócs)
Sep
14
to Sep 15

PRISM Sax Quartet - Breath Beneath (with Kati Agócs)

Video that I created for Kati Agócs' saxophone quartet work "Hymn" performed by the PRISM Sax Quartet as part of their Breath Beneath concert series (more info. here). Other composers/video artists on the program include Bill Morrison, Dan Trueman, and Jacob TV.

You can watch the film (accompanied by PRISM performing Agocs' work) here.

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Teaching Audio-Visual Composition: History, Analysis, and Creative Application
Jun
12
to Jul 7

Teaching Audio-Visual Composition: History, Analysis, and Creative Application

This course explores the ways in which sound interacts with video. We will investigate this interaction by first discussing the history of electronic sound, video, and their relationship, establishing (or refreshing) basic audio and video editing skills, and then getting hands-on experience through creative projects. Projects will include composing sound design for film, creating video art (that incorporates video-recorded and/or animated materials), and designing real-time interactive media projects. The target student of this course is a musician interested in expanding their relationship to video and multimedia. No experience with audio or video technologies is required, although it is welcome.

Questions discussed include: What is sound and image? How can we manipulate sound and image using computers (and other tools)? What is the relationship between sound and image? What are the politics of sound and image? What are future potentials of sound and image?

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