laptop performers, text projection
Self-titled I – on place is centered around topics of topography and their possible relation to listening as a spatializing practice. How do we perceive space? how can this subjective perspective used generatively to intersect different places?
In every room, the piece is composed, reworked, programmed, rehearsed or performed, we sit down, listen and type into our laptops what we hear for 15 minutes, the sounds of our immediate environment. An algorithm records these 15 minutes, analyses at which points in the file we pressed which keys and stores this data in a list. During a performance, our computers turn into samplers while we repeat this process. Through the lists, every key is connected to all sounds that have been recorded whilst pressing it. While describing the auditive environment of a performance, the computers thus play back sounds connected to the letters we write, embedding the audible spaces of the pieces creation into its performance and relating them to each other. What we describe is the resulting sonic texture, letters and words are being projected partially. So far, a number of different versions for concerts or installative contexts exist. In some of these, a synthesizer additionally scans the recordings chronologically and plays back their most prominent pitches from to time while others even remain silent leaving only the projection to read from. Composition, programming: Julian SiffertPerformance: Uikyung Lee, Julian Siffert