Visual Music workshop using VVVV at MFRU’11, Maribor, Slovenia
Much of November 2011 was taken up by a set of performances and a visual music workshop in Maribor, Slovenia during the MFRU/Kiblix festivals.
As part of the Optofonica showcase I gave a performance of my collaborative piece Hydroacoustic Study with the sound artist Francisco Lopez. The work was updated and an entirely new section of audio and visual material was added specially for the show.
To compliment the performance I was also invited to give a visual music workshop using VVVV. Covering a wide range of topics such real-time sound analysis, beat-detection and OSC/MIDI control, students learned to create generative visual music systems from scratch with little prior knowledge of VVVV to perform a VJ set at the festival closing party.
Visual Music workshop lecture slides at MFRU’11, Maribor, Slovenia
Day 1 of the workshop included an introductory lecture on the history and philosophy of Visual Music from early Colour Organs to recent work made using computational methods. A selection of clips from classic works in the field were shown and discussed including Allegretto by Oskar Fischinger , Synchromy by Norman Mclaren , Light by Jordan Belson  and Pixilation by Kenneth Knowlton & Lillian Schwartz .
A Flickr set of the photographs of the festivals can be found HERE.