We held the 2nd Vernal Equinoctial Experiment on March 20, 2023 at Gabriola Island’s Agi Hall.
Matt Rogalsky presented some current work about “using field recordings in improvisation, in terms of inspiration from the “Honourable Harvest” of Indigenous food gathering.” and performed an audiovisual composition in which he improvised in collusion with a thawing lake.
Anju Singh improvised with a recording made using a violin as a prosthetic ear to hear with a tree, and presented recent live-coding work in the esoteric programming language Orca .
A scanline moves across the moving image and the pixel values drive banks of tuned oscillators. Signal values are used to drive brightness/contrast/saturation parameters on the video feed. Effect chains on the oscillator banks are likewise altered by the parameters of the sound, which feeds back into the video.
After the cookies were baked and the rants were ranted it was time to tear down and relocate to the projection site.
From 9 to midnight I manipulated field recordings taken from various locations around the island – including recordings of the Quinsam, a trip to the grocery store, and a trio of pileated woodpeckers foraging in my yard.
The audio was accompanied by video generated by a Jitter patch I wrote. The patch takes the audio and uses it to generate colour information and deform some simple geometry.
I’ll be barbecueing cookies (probably vegan cookies) and processing the sounds of cookie production, accompanied by brief musical interludes and some little chats about love and rage and memetic contagion.
On Saturday evening we will gather in the shining place and chant the mantra of King Shark.