Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thrilling Thriller

I am working my way through some papers in order to put together a component of my dissertation. The idea is to consider the technology that I used for InVitroOink and contextualize it in the field. The current paper is on the "User Experience" ( Hassenzahl, M., & Tractinsky, N. (2006). User Experience - a research agenda [Editorial]. Behavior & Information Technology, 25(2), 91-97.). User Experience can generally be defined as considering product design beyond the purely work related usability paradigm of design. Simply put, this is the why of why people buy Ferrari's when a Geo will get them to work.

Reading through the article I came across an example in the experiential component of the paper that caused me to reflect on my role as an artist. First the example. "Consider the difference between 'a mystery thriller on one’s bookshelf ’ versus ‘being awake all night because of the thrilling story, which unfolds while reading’." This example reminded me of Bob Cogan mentioning that he loved to read mystery novels. I thought it an odd thing to say at the time and it has stuck with me over the years. I find different ways of understanding this statement again and again. Tonight as I read this paper, I consider the excitement of mystery novels and of Bob's work and the similarity is apparent. It also helps to focus my attention in my own work, the notion of excitent and the peaks and valleys of this arc is what keeps one engaged, be it music or literature.

I also came across a project called Gustbowl. When I can create something so relavent and engaging that is aesthetically motivated I will be thrilled.

Here is the song that has been stuck in my head and I worked through learning today.

another version

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

well said

I often start research with a Google query. What I like is that this sign can also work on the level of metaphysical. Well that is why it is on the sign of church.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Roy and the Violin

Scott Cazan and I got together the other night for some improvisation and discussion. We spent some time talking about Roy Orbison and during this improv I played a violin for the first time in a a while. To top it off Christine and I went to MOCA in LA the next day to see the Xenakis exhibit. I enjoyed the exhibit and thought MOCA was a rather terrible building.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Mattia Casalegno

I found that an old link for a video of Mattia Casalegno was broken so I went a hunting to discover a new video and stumbled on this.

Sounds Of Complexity_ Audiovisual Performance_ world premiere 2004 from kinotek on Vimeo.

Really interesting work.

Monday, November 08, 2010


Hand Made Art

An interesting approach and one that I sympathize with. Oddly, my electronic compositions are largely handmade, the advantage is that one can dissect sound and recompile in the digital realm, not so easy in the analog realm.

Kim Rugg from Cool Hunting on Vimeo.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Modern Day drifters

Friday, November 05, 2010

Ocean Conservation

I am working on a sonification of ocean data and part of that thought is considering the larger eco system, this is a very compelling and interesting story.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Tristan Jones

One of the more insightful sailors whose books I have read. This is an interesting clip to see.


Agostino Di Scipio

A really interesting work. Although I can't help but think about the analog creation of pigment versus the digital extraction of sound that is controlled by an algorithm. I like the idea of it being more analog. Although, I really like the system used and the results. Still the underlying poetic impetus is important to me.

Surface Impact Studies, A. Di Scipio M. Guerra from Matias Guerra on Vimeo.

The Text from the post
Surface Impact Studies is, in this form, a performance of which I am co-author with Agostino Di Scipio.
He has elaborated several Surface Impact Studies (check xoomer.virgilio.it/​adiscipi/​ListOfWorks1.htm).
This particular form is for painting and electronics (adaptive live signal processing) commissioned by Champs d'Action, Antwerpen.
The video has an introductory text with a studio recording done in Di Scipio's studio, following is a 5 minute resume of the performance, it starts in sync to loose it after a minute or so. The audio of the performance is from the camera so it's just to give an idea of the physical gestures involved.