Orrery Arcana is a system for real-time audio-visual performance. The system includes a self-made modular hardware controller and custom software that allows the performer to manipulate sound during performance. The hardware controller is used to navigate systems that encompass chance operations, conceptual mapping, and data mapping, to control audio generation and processing. These process systems are based on NASA lunar data, the esoteric system in W.B. Yeats’ (1865-1939) A Vision (1937), and the numerology and symbolism of the tarot.
Hannah Reardon-Smith and Nicole perform a live improvisation incorporating acoustic flutes, live processing, and electronic instruments. Nicole’s electronic instruments provide textures and spatial movement across the listening space, while Hannah’s flutes explore a dynamic and melodic range to blend and juxtapose the noise textures. Their improvisation is guided by drawing tarot cards prior to the performance. The interpretation of abstract relationships and numerology of the tarot are reflected in the macro and micro structures of the piece. Textures, melodic fragments, rhythm, density, and overall form are derived from their interpretation of the card reading. The performers discuss some elements of the interpretation and how that might be reflected in the performance, while some elements are left unsaid, so as to allow spontaneity. Captured at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University April 30, 2018.
Nhoj Elocin is a collaboration of John Ferguson and Nicole Carroll that explores improvisation with lively and semi-autonomous processes in surround-sound environments using custom software and self-made instruments.
Captured at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University April 30, 2018.
The following 4 selections captured at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University July 23rd 2017.
OnlyHuman, excerpt (2016-current(2018))
solo dance with live electronics and interactive video
Concept, choreography, and performance by Christine Bonansea
Visual design by Yoann Trellu
Photography by Robert Flynt
OnlyHuman, full show, peformance Berlin 2017 (2016-current(2018))
Everything in its Place, NIME 2016 Performance
noise set with custom electronics, including Byzantine, a capacitive-touch matrix controller and Domino, a bespoke synthesizer
Of the Moon, Under the Moon, for trumpet, live electronics and video, premiere (2016)
click here for score: Of the Moon, Under the Moon
Not to Touch the Earth, documentation (2016)
Multichannel audio and video installation
Everything in its Place, excerpt (2015)
noise set with custom electronics, including Byzantine, a capacitive-touch matrix controller
selections from the Oracle Variations (2015)
improv noise set with custom electronics (2014)
Vitruvian Cycle (2014)
Interactive sound and video, utilizing kinect