Quanta

07.07.14 | Permalink | Comment?

Quanta

Quanta is a recently completed A-V work performed at, and made for William Basinski’s Arcadia curated series which took place in March 2014. As with previous works there is a conceptual framework based on scientific concepts which is used to drive the narrative and loosely define the aesthetics of the piece. A sound scrying session with previously collected field recordings of the industrial and technological landscape generated a series of dislocated associations and insinuations based around the theme of light quanta and the behaviour of related elemental particles within a surrounding topography. In the context of these new sonic associations a parametrised sketch of movements, behaviours and triggers, within a generative system, was created leading to the final performance work.

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A Flickr set of stills from Quanta can be found here.

Super Vision – Article for HOLO Magazine

07.01.14 | Permalink | Comment?

Perspectives: Super Vision, HOLO Magazine – Paul PrudencePerspectives: Super Vision, HOLO Magazine [photo: Axel Pfaender]

In 2013 was invited to write an article for HOLO Magazine exploring five fantastical display prototypes and speculate on their future creative potential for artists and designers. The chosen technologies, some based on much older inventions, included True Volumetric Holography, Colloidal Displays, Caustic Engineering, Ferro Fluids and the Peppers Ghost technique. The article was excellently illustrated using isomeric schematic diagrams by Axel Pfaender

Perspectives: Super Vision, HOLO Magazine – Paul Prudence

Perspectives: Super Vision, HOLO Magazine – Paul PrudencePerspectives: Super Vision, HOLO Magazine [photo: Axel Pfaender]

While true holographic systems with interactive volumetric interfaces might inspire ‘hands on’ voxel sculpting for 3D printing, large scale prisms, using the Peppers Ghost technique will be used to build observatories allowing the generation of life-sized refraction holograms. Elsewhere Caustically engineered glasshouses may act as spectral cinemas where the position and strength of the Sun will generate slowly shifting imagery. Colloidal displays could be used in the construction of tangible audio-visual instruments where volume and texture, and especially specularity become performative parameters. Ferro Electric Displays, combining ultra-high frame rates with very high pixel resolution, will allow future video artists to advance to extreme definition [300dpi+] and less lossy moving image representations. This a brief summary fragment of the full 5 page article.

Perspectives: Super Vision, HOLO Magazine – Paul PrudencePerspectives: Super Vision, HOLO Magazine [photo: Axel Pfaender]

The Magazine Features Philip Beesley, Dam Gallery, Derivative, Eno Henze, Raquel Meyers, David Oreilly, Chris O’Shea, Semiconductor, Jer Thorp, Zimoun and includes writing contributions from Greg Borenstein, James Bridle, Golan Levin, Tim Maly, N O R M A L S, and Will Wiles among many others.

You can buy a copy of HOLO Magazine [published in 2014] here.

Ungear Moi [with COH/Ivan Pavlov]

05.16.14 | Permalink | Comment?

Ungear Moi – Video: Paul Prudence, Music: COH

COH [Ivan Pavlov] invited me to work on a video for a track from his new album, ‘TO BEAT’. My interpretation of ‘ungear moi’ maps individual sound layers of the composition to different parameters within a generative system. Precise random camera views are synchronized to percussive clicks, monochromatic architectural forms transform and become illuminated according to the finite layers of melody and noise.

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More still images of Ungear Moi can be found here.

Resonate 2014 Lecture Slides: The Listening Eye

05.16.14 | Permalink | 2 Comments

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Resonate Lecture Slides: The Listening Eye: Sonic Geometries. Click to view slides and use arrow keys to navigate

I was invited to give a talk and performance at Resonate 2014, held in Belgrade in April 2014. My presentation included a introductory primer on the history of visual music followed by a detailed discussion of my audio-visual practice, including aspects of process, aesthetics and methodology for cross-wiring audio and visual domains. .

I was also involved in a Panel discussion, ‘Visual Music and Geometries of the Unseen’ with Peter Kirn [moderator] Yuri Suzuki and Joanie Lamercier.

Arcadia, Coded Matters, Audible Bytes, Seeing Sound ++

04.10.14 | Permalink | Comment?

Chromophore at William Basinski’s Arcadia, London, March 2014

Here’s a brief round up of shows, lectures and performances I’ve been involved in the last few months:

William Basinki’s Arcadia [London]

‘In 1989 William Basinski founded Arcadia, a studio and performance space that defined Williamsburg as an arts community and became the seat of the cultural avant-garde in the 90’s.
In March 2014, Basinski and Art Assembly co-curated a series of Arcadia inspired music and live art events in London’ I was invited to perform a set of audio-visual works alongside a screening of my fixed media visual music works. Other performers included Evelina Dominitch & Dmitry Gelfand, Aki Onda, Janek Schaefer, Julia Kent, Charlemagne Palestine, Rhys Chatham and of course William Basinski.

Cyclotone [live audio-visual performance at Coded Matters #2: Sound Hackers]

Coded Matter(s) #2 Sound Hackers [Amsterdam]

‘Coded Matter(s) #2, in November 2013, brought together sound hackers and musical enthusiasts to contemplate the effects of technology artistic processes and the ability of silent data processing operations to create new (un)natural sonic phenomena. Code is making it possible to command the sense of sound in new ways, but this will only prevail as a method of making if new ways of thinking also emerge’

Here is a review of my performance of Cyclotone which took place in the De Brakke Grond Theatre:

‘Paul Prudence closed the matinee with a deafening Dutch première performance of ‘Cyclotone’, a synaesthetic experience reminiscent of Hadyn’s surprise symphony. The motion of the cylindrical circles appeared almost alive and embodied of their own accord, a sort of automated kaleidoscope of a black hole. Holistically it reminded me of the work by Moholy-Nagy with optical sound, where the audience extracts what they can from it based on their own personal sonic memes. Not for the epileptic, the hypnotic drones move from sound to music to sound again. The visuals acts as a radar that gives us extra-musical information about sound, what code does for sound, it creates metadata that can be manipulated in a way that allows us to further play with the matter’ – Kimberly Waldbillig

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Renew Digital Arts Festival [Copenhagen]

‘The annual Re-new media art confest is a meeting-point for all those active in the art-science-technology amalgam. The event is a platform for artists, technologists, curators, researchers and scientists alike, and facilitates networking, knowledge sharing and dissemination’. I traveled to Copenhagen in October 2013 to give an audio-visual performance at the festival. A Flickr set documenting the Renew Digital Arts Festival can be found here.

Cyclotone – Paul PrudenceCyclotone [live audio-visual performance at Coded Matters #2: Sound Hackers]

Tech Art: (Operating Manual for) Spaceship Earth [Rotterdam]

‘Filling 3.000 m2 with audiovisual adventures, technology, criticism and popular culture. Cooperating with ESA, WORM, Rotterdam and Den Haag art academies, leading technical universities from Enschede, Eindhoven, Delft. Tech Art is the tech-expo of 2014 showing installations, projections, games, concepts, prototypes themed around American philosopher and architect Buckminster Fuller’s concept of The Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth’ I was included in the exhibition with a number of fixed media visual music works and invited to play a live audio-visual set in the floating Geodesic pavilion for the evening event. A Flickr set documenting The Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth can be found here.

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Seeing Sound Symposium [Bath, UK]

‘Seeing Sound is an informal practice-led symposium exploring multimedia work which foregrounds the relationship between sound and image. It explores areas such as visual music, abstract cinema, experimental animation, audiovisual performance and installation practice through paper sessions, screenings, performances and installations. Seeing Sound 2013 took place in late November 2013 and focused on live performance, in particular contemporary dance’. I gave an audio-visual performance of my current piece Cyclotone. A Flickr set documenting the Seeing Sound Symposium can be found here.

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Visible Bits, Audible Bytes [Leicester, UK]

Visible Bits, Audible Bytes was a one day symposium and set of screenings/performances held in Leicester on the 12th March exploring the relationships between sound and image. I gave a talk and performance – other artists included Ryo Ikeshiro, Nicholas Bernier and Alo Allik.

Liquified Sky – LINE DVD

02.13.14 | Permalink | Comment?

LINE_063 | Data DVD + digital download | limited edition of 500 | November 2013

Liquified Sky – LINE DVD

LINE is pleased to announce its latest edition featuring astoundingly detailed audio/visual works by six internationally recognized artists: Evelina Domnitch + Dmitry Gelfand (RU/US), COH (RU), Paul Prudence (UK), Francisco López (ES), and Asmus Tietchens (DE).

‘The fluidity and even the granularity of light can be unfolded by the senses through active attunement coupled with meticulously orchestrated conditions. Though formerly considered impossible to imagine, let alone perceive, recently, a variety of quantum behavior has been observed on macroscopic scales, from colloidal liquids to biological systems. Liquified Sky documents a series of artworks that pierce this slippery, mesoscopic threshold, departing from the antiquated cult of the illusory, solid-state image’

Liquified Sky – LINE DVD

Liquified Sky – LINE DVD

Liquified Sky – LINE DVD

Review by Attn Magazine:

On “Mucilaginous Omniverse”, particles of silicone oil quiver and congeal, embarking on volatile alternations between momentary stasis and ecstatic spirals that escalate without instigation. The audio (provided by CoH in part one, Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand in part two) is wonderfully synchronised, mirroring the moments of vibratory agitation with bass frequencies surging in on shallow gradients, and punctuating each pipette-planted bubble with a staccato pip reverberating into the surrounding infinite. In the presence of such mesmerising and otherworldly movement, the composers seem at home—energy slurps in from nowhere, and plosive fissures occur without the need for any explicit source, showering the black canvas (which sometimes resembles lightless, oceanic depths) with hollow streams of soft noise and alien sonar.

Things turn terrifying in the second half, commencing with Francisco Lopez conducting Paul Prudence’s bubble membranes and mercury streams in “Hydro Acoustic Study”. There’s a stretch around the halfway mark where a pendulum of crushed static sends a jelly circle into shape-shifting alternations, gifted shape by the phantom light that radiates its intricate, fluid contours – it’s an unnerving whirlpool that tilts and mutates under erratic and slippery sonic instruction, rife with glimmer and inward reflection. Meanwhile, “Memory Vapor” (Domnitch and Gelfand on visuals, Tietchens on sound) brings an otherwise imperceptible cloud chamber into a slow-motion glow stick precipitation, illuminated through contrail streams of vibrant green and pink—the soundtrack captures both the fluidity of movement and the visual’s micro-particle construct, moving in gargantuan dynamic surges comprised of thousands of internal pulses.

Thanks and gratitude to Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand for asking me to become part of this project.

A video trailer of the audio-visual works contained on the DVD can be found here

Lumophore at Kaluga Planetarium

01.21.14 | Permalink | Comment?

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In October 2013 I produced a commissioned full-dome work for the Kaluga Festival held at the Kaluga Planetarium and Space Museum in Russia. Extending ideas in a previous work, Chromophore, Lumophore – a fixed media work, explored the potential for inter-modal colour-shape-sound synergies to create an abstract narrative of architectonic forms in relation to sound. A lumophore (also luminophore) is an atom or atomic grouping in a chemical compound that manifests luminescence.

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Lumophore is available as a limited edition artwork at Sedition

More stills of the piece can be found here.

Sphaerae.Acoustic.Study at Ars Electronica

01.21.14 | Permalink | Comment?


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For the 2013 edition of Ars Electronica, in Linz, I performed a spherically enhanced version of Hydro Acoustic Study made specially for the Sphæræ inflatable dome pavilion.

Sphæræ is an inflatable pavilion with multiple domes, the interior surfaces of which serve as projection surfaces for artistic-scientific works. In this construction by designer Cocky Eek, the Dutch group Synergetica Lab will present a series of performances and installations. While addressing different senses, they all have one thing in common: each refers in some way to the field of synthetic biology, and is the result of an artistic search for the origin of life connected with an attempt to rewrite its code.

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Sphaerae.Acoustic.Study at Ars Electronica 2013

With works by Martijn van Boven (NL), Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand (BY/NL), Cocky Eek (NL), Eduard Haiman & Michael Holub & Evgeniy Vashenko & Vadim Smakhtin (RU/UA), Theun Karelse (NL), Francisco López (NL/SP), Bas van Koolwijk (NL), Arthur I. Milller (UK), Matthijs Munnik (NL), Eric Parren (US), Nenad Popov & Erfan Abdi (NL), Paul Prudence (UK), Joost Rekveld (NL), Joris Strijbos & Yamila Rios (NL), Dieter Vandoren (BE) & Mariska de Groot (NL)

Arc.Cyclotone Video Documentation

11.16.13 | Permalink | Comment?

This video documentation of my performance of Cyclotone, at Arc Festival in Bristol earlier this year, was edited and composited from wide-angle footage captured by Ali Wade and Germaine-Nichol Hughes. Projecting the piece onto a 22m x 3.5m arc shaped screen at an extreme aspect ratio and resolution of 3960×1280 revealed extra, and usually hidden, panoramic details of dense concentric and nested geometric structures.

Videos of Cyclotone can be found here and here. Stills of the piece can be found here.

Thanks to Ali Wade for passing on the footage to me.

Chromophore

09.12.13 | Permalink | Comment?

Video documentation of Chromophore

Chromophore, a recent work completed in June 2013, applies bi-directional communication between audio [Ableton Live] and visual software [VVVV] systems to create real-time synergistic colour-shape-sound modalities.

A chromophore is the part of a molecule responsible for its colour. The colour arises when a molecule absorbs certain wavelengths of visible light and transmits or reflects others. The chromophore is a region in the molecule where the energy difference between two different molecular orbitals falls within the range of the visible spectrum. Visible light that hits the chromophore can thus be absorbed by exciting an electron from its ground state into an excited state.

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A video fragment documenting Chromophore was selected as a Vimeo staff pick insuring it received a healthy 50K+ visitors in its first week online. It has since been featured on a number of audio-visual, motion graphics, experimental animation and generative art blogs.

Stills of the piece can be found HERE

Full HD Videos of the piece can be found HERE and HERE

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