NIME was the first class I went to this week and it was an awesome introduction to my 2nd and graduating year at ITP. Hans-Christoph Steiner is teaching the class together with Greg Shakar. We have a great group of people in the class and I’m looking forward to everyone’s projects and our performances this December.
Some ideas I have for the class are:
* Some kind of audience participated, improv composition. What initially came to mind was Freestyle Love Supreme, but with a twist. I first saw Freestyle Love Supreme some years ago when my friend Arthur Lewis was performing with them. At the time, Lin-Manuel was also performing, but I’m not sure if he still is since In the Heights has been on Broadway.
In any case, Freestyle Love Supreme is an improv group that “get words from the audience – use them to inspire new rap songs – build a hip-hop community.”
My very loose concept takes a similar approach, by having the audience contribute to the sonic composition during the performance. I currently have no real cohesive idea as to exactly how I’ll be doing this except that it may involve sensors, colors, lights, camera, computer and Max/MSP/Jitter in some way.
* Another idea (again, very loose), involves Jitter and segmenting quadrants in space. Each quadrant will correspond to a sound or effect. The camera will be used as a sensor and will detect the movement (and possibly color) in space to create sound. The movement will namely be me (or some other moving being) sort of dancing around to create the composition live. But this idea may potentially find itself fusing with the first idea.
Ideally, I’d like some cohesive beats/rhythms in my piece as opposed to something more random and ethereal. I do DJ after all, love beats and enjoy when people are dancing. I definitely don’t expect people to dance at NIME, but some head nodding would be cool.