L3 starts from the encounter of two active composers in the field of electro acoustic music and live electronics with a video artist who operates in the field of live video performance.
The cut-up & grain project, of which the first chapter, Life, has been recently introduced (Live Performers Meeting 2008 - Rome), conceptually devotes itself to the cut-up technique, devised and experienced by the American writer, and spiritual father of the beat generation, William S. Burroughs.
The video and sound materials which make up the “libraries” used by performing artists almost exclusively come from the web. Fifteen key words chosen by artists as significant of the established narrative path are inserted in a search engine. From the enormous amount of results video and sound clips are selected which to compare or contrast, describe such a path constituting the “palette” of the three players. During the performance the artists elaborate the materials in real time, fragmenting them, transforming them and reconstructing a new sense, a sense “other” than the original one. The performers use various techniques, among which it is worth mentioning the “grainy” sound, obtained thanks to the original patches programmed in Max/MSP environment. Improvisation plays an important role in the performance, which every time turns out to be different from each other, even though it has the same title and uses the same libreries.
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