I was fortunate to be able to attend the Seeing Sound Symposium from 23rd - 25th March, 2018 held in Bath Spa University, UK and directed by Joseph Hyde.
This was a very enjoyable symposium and where lots of arts practice researchers in the field of sonic arts, visual music, audiovisual composition, video synthesis and experimental film got to gather, exchange views, and share and disseminate arts practice. It is a great opportunity to meet the artist themselves and exchange and talk about their practice or ideas about the practice and field in general. Each time I attend these practice-led symposiums, I am always enriched by the exchanges and have a portfolio of new works and artists to investigate and check out after.
Digital Alchemy, 2018
A new visual music work that I composed in response and in close collaboration with the sounds of Cobi van Tonder's, microtonal music composition Gala, was selected for screening in the Screening 1 programme held in the Commons, TV Studio A
Listen to Gala here: Link to Gala on Sound Cloud
Some of the highlights of this event for me, was catching up with all the very talented and active artists and researchers in the field, whom I have met many times before (Joseph Hyde, Dave Payling, Jean Piché, Bret Battey, Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, Kathy Hinde, Richard Stampf). It was a great treat however, to meet a former mmt student Bryan Dunphy whom attended my visual music lectures as part of the music and image module on the M.Phil in music and media technologies course some time back and whom I encouraged to move forward with an audiovisual career. He performed his Ventriloquy a generative Audiovisual composition 'exploring the perceptual binding and separation of abstract audio and visual elements'.
I met for the first time some very inspiring artists and practitioners and theorists involved in the field. Beth Warshafsky whose film "Calling You" was so poetic and very beautiful and I enjoyed hanging out with Beth [http://bskynyc.com/project/calling-you/].
I got to meet Wilfried Jentzsch (whom I knew about but had not met ) whose music composition approach makes for a very unified visual music work [http://wilfried-jentzsch.de/visual-music] and Hiromi Ishii whose visual music piece Avian was also very beautiful.
Myriam Boucher's [http://myriamboucher.com/] visuals are stunning as too is the live performance work of Maxime Corbeil-Perron.
Derek Holzer – The Vector Synthesis Project was presented both as a paper and a performance [http://macumbista.net/]. Truly inspiring work in the field of vector synthesis.
An innovative approach to visual music was presented as a paper by Carly Vickers, University of New South Wales, Sydney – Exploring Gesture in Performance as Visual Communication. [https://carlydesign.dunked.com/]