Anyroad is the most recent piece in my research into the 'exploration of 'place' in electronic music'. By the use of wireless sensors, in this case an accelerometer attached to a clarinet, I am attempting to situate the virtual electronics in a determined actual performance space.
Some basic home-built d.i.y. electronics takes care of the physical computing and all the software has been coded in Pure Data by the composer (with some community assistance) and will be published once it has been cleaned up and documented.
The piece utilises the jitter and micro-movements of the performer to choose both the choice of notes and also the amount and direction of force which is acted upon the swarm on the visual display. The swarm is made up of 48 nodes, with each node mapped to one of the the 48 strongest partials which are analysed in realtime and processed within Pure Data. The movements of the swarm controls the panning data sent to the speakers.
The performer is situated in the middle of the speakers rather than on a 'stage' and plays acoustically.
A high-res 5.1 version of the video and audio is available from 'mail at julian brooks dot net'.