I had previously been using the SuperCollider IDE to do my live coding, however it had the limitations of not being very extensible, as well as lacking the flexibility of other editors. Using a combination of SuperCollider’s Vim mode, a number of Vim extensions, the apple ITerm2 and its transparency and (in this case) Max/MSP/Jitter fed by SoundFlower, I can not only code more efficiently using multiple windows simultaneously, but I can easily display visuals behind my code, adding to the potentially quite dry ‘pure code’ projection I have previously been using during gigs.
Vim is quite a step for me, and for this performance I had only been using it for a few days. As a result, my performance is a little bit loose. I also am working on developing my own sound-responsive visual setup, so the jitter patch I used for visuals was pulled from here and altered to be changed live (using the code window on the right of the display).
For the next while I will be tuning this setup, as well as writing some code to produce and live-modify visuals. I will be performing for ICLC 2015 using this technique also.
For the major project portion of my BA Music degree I gave a 40 minute Live Coding performance at Culture Lab in May. This performance was effectively a summary of my progress in learning Live Coding over the course of the past academic year.
I, as always, used SuperCollider and integrated a simple lighting setup to be controlled on the fly using code.
Here are screen, video and audio recordings of the set.
I am pleased to announce that I am now a core company member of State of Grace, a North-East based performance collective, specialising in performance practice and research across disciplines. I will be working with State of Grace through training and production, with the aim of producing performance works encompassing a wide range of creative disciplines, including Dance, Theatre, Spoken Word, Music, Visual Art and others.
I have been lucky enough to be a part of two previous State of Grace training periods, which culminated in performances.
Here is the video documentation of the set I performed in as part of Babble at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art alongside Charlie Dearnley, Lauren Vevers and TURC. The performance took the form of a text reading by Charlie and Lauren which I live-processed using SuperCollider, recording snippets of their readings throughout and morphing them into rhythms, tones, repetitions, groans and stutters. Behind this, TURC played a musical accompaniment inspired by their work with dark techno and electronic music.
The performance evolved throughout as Charlie and Lauren’s dialogue became more intense along with TURC’s music, and my live recorded material became more diverse. It culminates in an instrumental section where TURC let rip with a strong rhythmic flow and I performed multiple processes simultaneously on all of the voice samples I had recorded, followed by Charlie and Lauren bringing the performance to a close with a redux of some of the themes presented throughout their text.