Transcontinental Collaboration One :|: May, 2012
The first of (hopefully) a number of transcontinental collaborations between Barbara and me. The Oud is in a non-standard tuning - what Barbara describes as a "weird" tuning. For my part, I wanted to augment Barbara's fantastic Oud playing with sound derived from itself - all the sonic material, except for one small auditory event, are from the Oud performance you hear in the piece. Barbara's original performance is mostly intact, with only a few deletions, repetitions and timing adjustments. The dense sounds I added are loops recorded and performed in realtime while listening through the Oud recording, then edited and time stretched to better fit with the rhythms and flow of the performance. I also added other small events and edits with the intention of subtly extending the capabilities of the Oud - just beyond what it could do in the real life.
Painting by Barbara and Arvid - 2011
Barbara Byers - Oud - recorded in San Francisco, CA
Arvid Tomayko-Peters - Loops and Editing - in Providence, RI
- ► Transcontinental Collaboration One 13:15
Adventures in an abandoned train tunnel under the East Side of Providence.
Video and Music by Arvid Tomayko-Peters
Barbara Byers: Voice, Flashlight
July/August 2011 - Providence, RI
A Fraction of a Second
A Fraction of a Second explores the extremes of time perception by attempting to unfold and transform what a person might experience in a fraction of a second into an audience experience of vastly different duration. The data used in creating this piece were captured in two separate very short time intervals. The piece is made from a segment of the sound of a train braking in New London, CT (93 milliseconds), and a photograph of the light of the sun reflecting off the Providence River in Providence, RI (2 millisecond exposure). Time in the original audio recording is effectively frozen while space in the still photograph is coerced into determining the time and frequency characteristics of the piece.
The sound you hear is the photograph being played left to right, using 3456 wavetable oscillators (the pixel height of the image) each playing the train braking sample at different pitches, with white reflections sonified as a map of pitches present (bottom to top) at any given time (left to right). The video frame moves from left to right through the image, in sync with the sonification of the photograph. As a result of this process, A Fraction of a Second also draws its visual and musical patterns from the patterns of the natural wave phenomena acting on the surface of the river, allowing for reinterpretation of a very familiar but still unpredictable and chaotic natural process.
by Arvid Tomayko-Peters and Steve Schwartz
Oleophobic is a live performance piece where colored oil and water blobs are manipulated on stage to create live visuals and music. The polar and non-polar liquids repel each other and create slowly morphing shapes that are tracked by a camera and used to control sound though additive synthesis and sample scrubbing. The blobs also form 'notes' within a looping sequencer that can be overlaid onto any rectangular area of the video by the performer and sped up, slowed down, reversed and split between two independent instruments. Pan, volume and other parameters are also controlled by various attributes of the individual blobs such as size, location and elongation.
The same oleophobic and hydrophobic properties of molecules that keep this oil and water separate also form the basis of the construction of the cell membranes of every living organism, making this polar-non-polar interaction a primordial necessity for life.
Arvid Tomayko-Peters: Audio/Video Manipulation, Programming
Steve Schwartz: Oil/Water Manipulation, Apparatus Construction
Performed October 1, 2010 at the Pixilerations Festival
Grant Recital Hall, Brown University, Providence, RI
Thanks to Bevin Kelley, James Moses and Brown Knoth (I think?) for shooting the film and producing the concert.
Lament - a new studio piece
Made entirely from two short audio samples, one of which is used only once.
- ► Lament 3:20
Audio/Video Improvisations with the TOOB
The TOOB is a wireless wind controller I designed and built that allows me to create sound and visuals in realtime by manipulating pre-made samples and sampling live input or the output of the instrument itself. More information can be found here.
KidVid :|: Performance for No One
Live solo ambient electronica experiments performed for an audience of zero. Minimally edited after recording (ie you could hear this live).
- ► Susquehanna 21:15
- ► Astray Excerpt 18:27
- ► The Climb 2:48
- ► Ghost Circus 22:57
- ► Cheapo Bastard 8:22
- ► Subcutaneous 26:30
- ► Emergin Sea 12:35
- ► Children Sugar Basket 21:54
- ► Jaipur 22:24
- ► Epithelial 20:13
- ► Put your Gloves On Gloveshack Baby Yeah 15:30
- ► Devonshire Dreams 10:54
- ► Greyhound Route 11:44
Similar live solo experiments featured on SoundCloudPerformance for No One by KidVid
What's happening in the studio (Works in Progress)Studio Works in Progress by KidVid
Short improvisation with The TOOB, March 1, 2010
A digitally augmented requiem mass for the inhabitants of the North Burial Ground, performed on-site, among the gravestones at the North Burial Ground in Providence, RI. Christie Lee Gibson - Voice, Arvid Tomayko-Peters, Trumpet, TOOB and electronics.
Watch for another performance of Requiem Aeternam at the Pixilerations Festival this October in Providence.
A piece about the sand dunes and gnarled pine forests of Truro, Massachusetts. Sand grains might blow anywhere in the wind, but walk far enough in any one direction and the intricate landscape fades into the emptiness of the ocean.
- ► Truro 3:13
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