Cyclotone [Spin-up Finale]
Cyclotone was a new audio-visual work produced in 2012 in anticipation of performances for various festivals and events including Scopitone Festival [Nantes, France], The RedBull Music Academy’s ‘Cymatics, Visual Music and The Third-Eye’ [London] and Controlled Evidence [Stony Brook, US]
The work takes conceptual cues from cyclotrons and particle accelerators and alludes to aspects of particle physics, space exploration and 4-dimensional space. The work is inspired to commemorate the first wave of Russian cosmonauts including Yuri Gagarin and also the artists of the Constructivist movement who conquered space conceptually.
‘I saw 4-d geometry, 4-d space-time diagrams spinning and morphing into quasars with jets, black holes and the big bang!’ – Arthur Miller, Author of ‘Deciphering the Cosmic Number: The Strange Friendship of Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung’
A Flickr set of Stills of Cyclotone can be found HERE
In October 2012 I gave a set of workshops and lectures in Taiwan – Taipei and Taichung respectively for ‘Playarounds – Space Colonisation’.
‘Playaround workshop (PA12) is the forth edition of an intensely parallel and collaborative workshop of mediating open culture and DIY practices to an audience of young students and artists of diverse backgrounds. It combines the knowledge creation and open distribution of new media technologies and contemporary art practices in a socially responsible and relevant context. The theme – Space Colonization means to rethink the environment of our earth, while the survival condition is getting worth everyday, other than improving our environment, we continue to project ourself into the space, perhaps to immigrate to another planet’
My workshop unveiled aspects of visual music and live-cinema from a philosophical and technical point of view and explored possibilities using VVVV and open source/free audio software to create AV performance and installation artworks:
‘The workshop will transcend the metaphor of space colonisation in terms of interplanetary travel to speculate on space-filling algorithms in generative art, array-aesthetics of the ‘multiform’ in 3D space and the colonisation of LCD screen space via the effect of acousmatic soundscapes and beat driven sonic inputs.’
Areas covered included:
Real-time sound analysis using FFT (frequency input) and RMS (volume input)
How to synch real-time graphic with music using beat matching and beat tapping
Controlling VVVV with time-line audio software using MIDI & OSC (open sound control)
Using VST plugins for sound-synthesis controlled using VVVV
Effects, Shaders and mathematical approaches to 2D/3D video synthesis and sound synchronisation.
Fundamentals of building a time-line based visual music composition.
Philosophical and conceptual methods of video-sound and sound-video transcription to created multi-modal perceptual experiences
Aside from the workshops I also participated in a series of lectures titled ‘Bad Art is Still Art!, but Bad Science is Not Science?’
Scopitone is a transdisciplinary festival which takes place in Nantes, France each year involving interactive installations, concerts, multimedia performances, dance, video, visual art and film. For the 2012 edition I was invited to give an AV performance of a new work, Cyclotone.
‘Initialement conçue pour une projection hémisphérique, Rynth est une performance jouant sur la construction et déstructuration de formes géométriques, lignes, sphères, barres à l’apparence exclusivement empruntées dans une échelle de gris. Adepte du live cinéma, Paul Prudence s’intéresse particulièrement aux environnements génératifs, à la vision du son dans l’espace et à la relation entre les processus naturels et numériques (comme en témoigne son blog Datais nature)’