A short section from a performance I did back in 1989 in the Crea theatre in Amsterdam.
What you see is a performer moving around in a space being observed by a surveillance videocamera. The equipment in the rack in the back contains dedicated hard and software for image processing. When the dancer is not moving there is no information and thus no sound. The moment a movement within sight of the videocamera in the front is detected by the system, corresponding sounds are being triggered. By subtracting successive videoframes in realtime the system could detect the location, and after a series of frames also the speed, of movements. That information was send to digital musical instruments as MIDI signals, controlling a Yamaha synthesizer (DX7/TX802) and DMP7 digital mixer and a Eventide H3000 processor I used for reverbs etc.
The video was shot in theatre Crea in 1989. With my Sony8 videocamcorder on a tripot.
I did minor postproduction on the shots just transfer to another format through a time-base corrector.
And a few edits.This Project was awarded at the Tart festival 1987.
I was influenced by Yello and Brian Eno in the mid-eighties when I came up with the idea of using my own body performing movements based on Thai Chi Chuan to control my synthesizers. Back in Artschool, the AKI in the early eighties, I started to work with electronic sounds. I programmed sounds in a Yamaha DX7 and realized that it would be possible to control the parameters making up the diffrent timbres in my electronic instruments with gestures seen by a videocamera connected to a framegrabber.
It's one of the performances that best shows the idea of a dancer composing the music while moving around in the space. The choreography was not predefined. I like the idea of exploring an electronic landscape rather than repeating a well studied piece of music (with all due respect to musicians devoting their lifes to the classical approach)
The music I listened to in the early eighties influenced me most. While participating in a theatre piece I came to know about the music of Erik Satie. At the same time I listened to the band Japan and in an interview David Sylvian talked about the open spaces in the music of Brian Eno. I had listened to some albums like 'Before and after science' and 'Another green world'. However it was the ambient album 'On land' that made me want to enter an electronic landscape not only by ear, in the mind, but also with my physical body. Equally important was Homer Hosa, a track from the second album by Yello. This track is another electronic landscape that I wanted to enter. I was always very pleased to read interviews with Dieter Meier explaning how he created characters for the movies/landscapes unfolding in his mind when Boris Blank played the newly created tracks for him.
Renee Coelho director of Monte Video ( pre- Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst) showed videotapes of the works of Steina and Woody Vasulka and Bill Viola those works were eye openers in the proces as well.
Another strand in the routing of my mind leading to creating this work was reading about Quantum Physics. Especially David Bohm influenced my thoughts.
Putting this video on Youtube is my tribute to all these people. Regards, Fred Kolman
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