PHYSICAL (RTv3) [Excerpts]
A: Alain Thibault - alainthibault.com
V: Matthew Biederman - mbiederman.com
"The title of the work refers to the physicality of the perception of sound and image and explores the liminal edges of perception where the division of the senses begins to dissolve. By using techniques which overload the eye and ear, the work asks the question of where perception actually occurs – in ones head, or eyes, or ears – or quite likely, it is a more complex relationship than that." continue reading
Matthew: Physical is a collaboration with Alain Thibault, an audio artist I frequently work with, who came to me with a few snippets of sound and asked if I was interested in developing a piece around it.
Nothing is pre-rendered here, it's all generated in real-time from within TouchDesigner and gets a massive stream of data from Alain's set which is coming from Ableton Live. I scripted some of my own Max for Live patches to do that and heavily modified the TouchDesigner network that is in the forum to sync everything up and send triggers back and forth.
However I didn't want to create something that was a waveform/spectrum visualization, but to move beyond that while still maintaining a very tightly synced performance. For live improvisational control, I use a custom Lemur iPad interface to finely tweak things in real-time allowing for the software to still be performative. It's very important to me, the idea that the whole work still relies in some sense on human interaction - allowing itself to be an instrument.
According to recent theories of perception, namely by neuroscientist Alva Nöe (University of California, Berkeley) perception in the past has been regarded as something that happens 'in one's head'. Nöe states however, that perception is something that we experience with our entire body – and only through this 'embodied perception' do we truly sense the world. Physical then, by using visual tropes such as moiré patterns, flickering, and absolute synchronicity with the audio track, builds upon these theories to deliver an overall experience which is not totally a visual or aural one, but begins to define an experience where the sound and vision are one and the same – a singular unit extended and manipulated through time.
Physical (RT) has been performed at the following festivals:
Mois Multi, Quebec City 2013
BOZAR Electronic Arts Festival, Bozar, Brussels 2013
ART+COMMUNICATIONS, Spikeri Concert Hall, Riga 2013
Physical (linearis) - a linear version for extreme high resolution (4K x 4K) dome display has been presented at:
Understanding Visual Music, Buenos Aires 2013
MUTEK.MX, Mexico City 2013