The video environment I created, I have put 5 minutes of it on vimeo, However, it runs for up to 3o minutes from Isadora. We were taught to create a patch for the live presentation of the video and to create effecets and all the usual video things.With help of Dawn and Mark, I created a patch for it to be used in a live setting.
For this we were set the task of recording a short segment of video, bringing it into Isadora and then using Isadora to select a loop, and continue to tweak with the power of Isadora to create a short 30 second to 1 minute video environment from which we then choreograph a dance/movement response. However, it took about 2 days to get the hang of Isadora to do this, but having the task of a performane/show really did focus one in learning Isadora and for me, this was where I learned loads, and am still digesting and processing all the areas that Mark and Dawn covered in this workshop.
For this video environment I took some recordings of piano keys from a piano that was in the studio, which I simply selected a segment and looped it, however, I copied the video a few times, selecting a different duration of the loop segment, which effectively meant that the video was never the same, as there was constant phasing taking place between the four layers, creating similar but different patterns. I was totally stumped as to how to choregraph this for dance, and was SO DELIGHTED that Dawn choreographed an instantansous movment with the other dancers of the workshop, whom entered into the spirit of the environment and did movements according to Dawns instructions. This was just amazing that on the last day I got a glimpse of what I could possibly work on in the future. A glimpse, but I was still stuck in my audiovisual world, this was one of the most wonderful things I have experienced with my own work.
Vimeo Excerpt of Piano Keys Phase
Piano Keys Phase from Sounding Visual on Vimeo.
Exploring a video environment with layered phasing loops of video footage of piano keys and processed and stretched audio loops. This video environment at a recent week long dance and video technology workshop using the software Isadora, presented by Mark and Dawn of TroikaTronix [http://troikatronix.com/] at Dance Ireland [http://www.danceireland.ie/]
I intend to develop these phasing loops to create a video environment for a dance performance
INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORKSHOP FROM DANCE IRELAND's WEBSITE
(for archive purposes)
"MULTI-DISCIPLINARY WORKSHOP: DANCE & TECHNOLOGY
Date: 05 December 2011
Time:10:00 - 16:00
Admission:€50 members / €70 non-members
The Live-I Workshop is an intensive laboratory for artists who wish to explore the creation of media intensive performances for the stage. As pioneers of the form with 20 years of experience behind them, Troika Ranch Co-Founders Mark Coniglio and Dawn Stoppiello will guide participants through a series of compositional problems focused on how to successfully bring performers and visual and sonic media together to create compelling and truly unified works.
Topics to be covered include:
* Effectively integrating live performers and video imagery on stage * Using live video/audio feeds to amplify or re-contextualise performer and themes * Applying notions of film grammar to on-stage imagery * Use of reactive/interactive systems as an intensifier of liveness * Considering alternative projection surfaces and/or materials
A further investigation will consist of constructing computational ‘scores’ from which to generate movement itself. Using editing, filters, loops and other algorithms, both composed and random, participants will create choreography for the live body by interpreting the computer-influenced output.
Throughout the workshop, students will be introduced to Isadora® -- the user-friendly, real-time media manipulation tool created by Mark Coniglio. All students will receive a complimentary three-month license to the software so that they may continue their experiments after the workshop's conclusion.
This workshop is open to those whose work focuses on live performances, whether they are choreographers, composers, theatre directors, or scenographers. Applicants should be comfortable working with computers and moving their own body in space.
We will encourage you to prepare for the workshop by exploring the online video tutorials for Isadora at http://www.youtube.com/troikatronix
Please note that workshop places are limited and will be allocated based on the suitability. Participants are asked to bring their own equipment if possible (laptop, video camera, microphone, MIDI input devices or other sensory systems).
Troika Ranch Website