RAPS: Live Cinema – Reflection

The first difference I recognized between VJing and live cinema is the importance that is given to the visuals. In VJing, the visuals become part of the background for a DJ performance in a club scene, giving very little importance to the VJ’s work. However, in live cinema, the main point of attention is the visual work, as it is performed in a more professional setting where the focus is the visual artist. Live cinema also has a greater sense of storytelling or concept which VJ generally lacks. Another difference which I found interesting is “the two-way, instantaneous feedback between the creator and the public” (83) as it is mentioned in the reading. Furthermore, another difference discussed is that VJ has more commercial purposes compared to live cinema’s artistic approach.
Live audiovisual performance is a combination of sound and image that is improvised. It’s style is not limited and concrete and as the author says, the term refers to “a generic umbrella that extends to al manner of audiovisual performative expressions” among which you can find VJing and live cinema.

RAPS Final idea // Konrad Krawczyk

I am planning to use Google N-Synth to generate a variety of yet unexplored sounds in-between conventional instruments. Then, using different sound filters and loops in Max, I will generate ambient, sublime sounds.

There won’t be a steady beat for at least several minutes at the beginning. I want to start off with a very ethereal, mild sound, and then slowly start to introduce more dissonant undertones. Further, an irregular beat will be added (in Max), depending on how the sound of NSynth itself turns out to be. The ultimate sound will be a matter of experimentation.

For the visuals on screen, I would like to use Jitter extensively. What I want to experiment with the most are grids, lines, curves and possible physics between them. I might also experiment with the background a bit, possibly by generating Perlin noise.I had an idea to also use some machine learning-generated visual cues or pictures – for example using the text-to-image ml5.js module – but that might be time consuming and not necessarily creative.

final project (Alvin Tony Chiharu)

Shanghai in the Rain
Inspired by a series of rainy days in Shanghai and the song “Paris in the Rain” by Lauv, we decided to capture the aesthetics of a rainy day in a metropolis. In a fast-paced city like Shanghai, people are often overwhelmed by the immense amount of information they receive every day. As you hear the raindrops by your feet, you can feel the sudden disconnection from daily pressure. When you see  Neon lights in Shanghai projecting on a windshield full of raindrops, you’ll unconsciously slip into your dreamland, slowly but numbly. We are trying to present this indescribable flow of emotions to our audience.

Tyler Roman – RAPS – Final project Proposal

For the final project I am interested in a few ideas:

1- creating soundscapes, taking the sounds one hears in their daily life, the rumble of buses, the beeps of crosswalks and remixing them relative images and video to get a sense of the Shanghai as a city or perhaps daily life. The fast paced parts, slow ones, and all the ones in between. Perhaps it could be footage and audio taken over the course of the week to show some of the monotony of life with repetition ineveitbaly creating rhythm and the different aspects of sound remixing into some aspect of melody and harmony.

2- a live paint performance, was thinking splatter but that would probably be too messy. Essentially, the idea is a live, previously rehearsed (or at least stylistically) paint performance where the music follows in time. Using accelerometers, the speed of the brushstrokes would in turn relate to the speed and change of the visual as a camera would Ben pointed at the live painting and then the code remixes the final product for the audience. Essentially, the idea is I write a piece of music, I hear the music, paint according to the feel and beat of the piece, camera captures the live painting, and based on accelerometer and maybe gyroscope(?) the visual captures changes and warps in order to create a unique experience.

These are still somewhat preliminary ideas so as I think over them and their logistics more I would greatly appreciate any feedback whether from Professor Eric or my fellow classmates.

Final Project Proposal

Group member: Krystal Selina Elisa

Concept: Rediscover a modern city from two sides

Speaking of Shanghai, many people are more likely to relate such modern city to a super Utopia where everyone there can enjoy the high-quality life, focusing on the bright side only. However, under the surface do many of them struggling for their life, who have no choice but to work under pressure from the environment. Also, some old houses are waiting to be pulled down for the further development of the city, where local residents have to move out. Based on the concept, we want to shoot some videos to demonstrate the difference and relation between the colorful modern city and the hidden suffering, using corresponding effects to enforce the concept including rhythm and shapes.

 

Final Project Proposal

Group: Marina, Maxwell, Vivian

For our final project, Marina and I are once again dividing our interests into two sides: form, and concept.

Form:
We are interested in working with live dance performance with projection overlaid. This was our initial inspiration, and has been with us since the beginning of the semester. In addition, we will be using sensors such as heart beat monitors and accelerometers to gather data from the dancer, which will then feed back into the piece, potentially affecting projection, sound, and so on.

Concept:

We want to explore the cycles of life through different living beings, tracing upwards and downwards on the evolutionary tree. We are interested in the cycles of life and death, and the threads that connect all living and organic matter. Through abstraction, projection, and dance, we want to experiment with making those those threads and cycles visible.

 

 

RAPS: Final Proposal – Miki Bin & Diana Xu

For our final project, we want to explore the relationship between human beings and society.

How does a person behave in a highly-organized environment? How do people respond to individuals and groups? And how can we define individuals or groups? For this project, we want to use footages of people staying still, walking, and staring. For the sound, inspired by John Cage’s performance we watched in class, we are planning using things in our daily life to make the sound, like hair dryer or kettle.

For the visual performance, we were inspired by the piece watched in class, where footages of the face were displayed horizontally and were effected and animated it according to sound, to create a relationship between each other.

Jianing Huang, Kaixin Mao, Chiharu Taniguchi Final Project Proposal

Shanghai in the Rain

Inspired by a series of rainy days in Shanghai and the song “Paris in the Rain” by Lauv, we decided to capture the aesthetics of a rainy day in a metropolis. In a fast-paced city like Shanghai, people are often overwhelmed by the immense amount of information they receive every day. As you hear the raindrops by your feet, you can feel the sudden disconnection from daily pressure. When you see  Neon lights in Shanghai projecting on a windshield full of raindrops, you’ll unconsciously slip into your dreamland, slowly but numbly. We are trying to present this indescribable flow of emotions to our audience.

RAPS: Live Cinema – Reflection – Miki Bin

Live audiovisual performances, is the umbrella term for VJing, live cinema, expanded cinema, and visual music. It denotes audio and images, the two general outcomes of the action and their combination as a resulting expression. What I found interesting is that this term is defined by its term, but also freed by its abstract context. As the elements of “live” and “performance” are enabled by technology that allows content to be generated and presented in real-time. Take the two global live performance events, Mapping Festival and sound: frame as an example. Both events are under the directory of live performance, but they also differentiate from each other. The mapping festival is more for entertainment and visual effects, while sound: frame seems to associate more with the art world and space.

Just because of the fact that its definition does not limit its collaboration with other media, such as drawing or text, live performance allows a lot of diversity in works.

For example, as a branch of audiovisual live performance, Visual music Highlights the interplay between visual and acoustic components. While Live Cinema encourages collaboration with musicians to  form AV-groups (Rechenzentrum, Telcosystems, Pink Twins, etc.), marking the fact that the visual was not just for a wall-paper like for most VJs in a club setting, but needs to be properly appreciated with full attention in a proper, cinema space.

RAPS response

I just found I posted this week’s assignment on last week, which I wrote a lot about the relationship between VJing, live cinema and audiovisual performance. In this post, I would write more on VJ culture and give some examples.

As I mentioned in my last post, I think VJing focuses on entertainment. VJ always coordinates with music in clubing or concert. People won’t go to concerts or clubs where only have visuals with no audios. In these situations, the relationship between visuals and audios is not an equal relationship. The main function of visuals is to make the whole experience more interesting and exciting. That’s why people call it “visual wallpaper”.

But I do think VJing makes the experience of clubing or concert more interesting. A lot of people perceive more information with sight compared to sound, and VJing works really well for them. I consider visual as assets in a performance. If we use them well, we could make the performance better.

The example of audiovisual performance artists could be Ryoji Ikeda, who does a lot of experimental audiovisual installations with data and sound.