June/July 2017 | Springfield, OH
Building on the Westcott Design Studio from 2016, the students this year designed a three-dimensional, free-standing contruct, using their own photography of the house as inspiration. Â I used this piece to mount my own installation, first at the Westcott Solar House, and then, after some retooling and much more content development, at the Hort Club – Rod Hatfield’s space – in the Hatch Artist Studios.Â
The Hatch StudiosÂ version cycles randomly Â through 4 pieces of music, each with beginning, middle and end sections. Â Each time it cycles it randomly uses one of four different sets of visual media. Â The samples here are both the same piece of music usingÂ two different visual sets. Â Each cycle takes about 8 minutes in real time. Â In both the audio and the video, random decision points are built into the piece’s internal logic so that there is never a precise repeat of anything. Â
Overall timing of the pieces are drivenÂ by a logic web in Nodal, which controls video in VDMX (mapped onto the piece using MadMapper and two projectors) and audio in Ableton Live. Â The project in VDMX also listens to all ambient audio via a microphone, and makes detailed changes in the visual material based on spikes at various frequencies.