"Via" for live electronics, live video and lighting by Marko Ciciliani.
In this work for live-electronics, live-video and lighting the performer is entangled in a web of tight connections between sound and image. One of the dominating elements in the video are vertical and horizontal lines that are mirroring the motion of a train of sonic impulses. This motion is also reflected with an arrangement of lighting fixtures that cast moving shadows of the performer on the background of the performance area – again mirroring the motion of the lines on the video and the sonic impulses.
The otherwise immobile performer thereby becomes part of the visual arrangement. Furthermore, at certain points the contours of the performer's body become part of the video processing, turning the visualization into an extension of the instrument design that drives the piece.
Two underlying synthesis methods that are used in this work. One of them is scanline synthesis, which translates the pixel information from the screen into waveforms that can further be manipulated. This is graphically displayed by a 3D "wheel" that can be rotated by the performer and thereby causes interpolations between five different waveforms that have been gained by the pixel scanning.
The second is pattern-based synchronous grain synthesis, which is suitable to realize rhythmic patters when used at slow speeds, but which can also be accelerated, turning the rhythmic pattern into pitch information. Changes in the rhythmic organization of the pattern then result into timbral differences.
The basic material of the film comes from video recordings of road underpasses, viaducts and interstates in New Zealand and California.
Performed by Marko Ciciliani
Recorded at the Mumuth in Graz/Austria in July 2015
Special thanks to the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz
Recording Supervision: Andrés Gutierrez Martinez
Steady Cam: Nick Acorne