Sunday, November 04, 2007

Dorkbot Art and Technology Forum / Flock

The next dorkbot-atl meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 7th at 7:30 pm in the Couch Building (music department) at Georgia Tech, in the first floor rehearsal hall.

Full details are available here.

This month's dorkbot will feature an informal presentation of my new work Flock (for saxophone quartet, dancers, electronic sound, video, and audience participation) in preparation for the piece's premiere at the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts in Miami in December. I have developed Flock in collaboration with Mark Godfrey, Liubo Borissov, Frank Dellaert, Dan Hou, Justin Berger, and Martin Robinson.

Flock is a full evening performance work for saxophone quartet, conceived to directly engage audiences in the composition of music by physically bringing them out of their seats and enfolding them into the creative process. During the performance, the four musicians and up to one hundred audience members move freely around the performance space. A computer vision system determines the locations of the audience members and musicians, and it uses that data to generate performance instructions for the saxophonists, who view them on wireless handheld displays mounted on their instruments. The data also drives the real-time generation of a multi-screen video animation and an electronic soundtrack.

For those of you who came to a similar "test event" last May, I want to thank you for your feedback, which had considerable influence on the development of the work, and to encourage you to come this week to see how it has evolved and to help us tweak it further before the premiere.

More information about Flock is available here.

Hope to see you there!


Darren Nelsen said...

I'm sorry I can't make it on Wed., but I did attend the "test event" in May and was intrigued with the piece. There were many glitches back then, (expected in early phases :) so I'd love to see how the piece has evolved and matured since. Any chance we'll see performances in Atlanta?

Jason Freeman said...

Hey darren. Yes, I'd love to put together a performance of Flock here in Atlanta sometime in 2008 or 2009, we'll see if we can find the right venue and funding to make it happen...