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Re: Is That Jazz Festival in Seattle - My Performance and the Cell Phone for Audience Interaction

----- Original Message ----- 

> Very interesting idea! Can't wait to hear what installation context
> you will come up with for including this! :-)
> Greetings from Sweden
> Per Boysen

Well funny you should ask, Per!. I submitted a live sound installation
project to the Bumbershoot festival in Seattle, WA recently.  It has about 
$5000 budget, but if doesn't get accepted I'll do it here in Boise. It is
called the "Temple of Electro-Acoustic Improvisation".  It uses three 
cell phones and text messaging for three separate stages (me on guitar,
Brian McFadin on sax, and Jared Hallock on drums), and two lasers to
generate changes in max/msp.  Here is the user's perspective:

The attendee enters a dark room and views a luminescent pathway that leads
to a luminescent (from a black light) "alter" at the center of the room.
Around the alter are three luminescent globes sitting on stands. Upon the
alter are two luminescent hand prints and a set of written instructions. 
attendee also hears and can observe three musicians (all in luminescent
robes) performing at three of the four sides of the room on raised stages,
which are labeled EAST, SOUTH, and WEST respectively, as well as a unique
cell phone number assigned to each. In addition, two lasers from the EAST
stage, coming from a laptop computer with the capital and luminescent 
"T"  on the lid, point directly at the center of the two luminescent hands
prints on the alter. As theh intructions on the alter indicate, the 
can text message one of the three cell phone numbers to cause that 
to be processed randomly by a laptop computer. Once this occurs, the
attendee can place his/her hand over the left hand print, which interrupts
the laser beam and causes the sound of the processed performer to be 
The attendee can then place his/her right hand over the right hand print,
which will trigger a series of random looping effects to the audio loop.


----- Original Message ----- 

> Very interesting idea! Can't wait to hear what installation context
> you will come up with for including this! :-)
> Greetings from Sweden
> Per Boysen
> www.boysen.se
> www.perboysen.com
> On Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 5:51 AM, Krispen Hartung
> <info@krispenhartung.com> wrote:
>> BTW, here is the link to my performance at the Seattle "Is That Jazz?"
>> festival this last week.
>> http://www.box.net/shared/a0gxc61yzq
>> I tried something different this time. I hooked my cell phone up to my
>> audio
>> interface, so that anything that came out of it would be proocessed and
>> looped like my guitar. Then I put a sign on the stage with my cell phone
>> number. As I entered the stage, I instructed the audience that if they
>> were
>> so inclined they could call my number, make noises, push buttons, talk,
>> whistle, etc, and that not only would it come through the PA, but I 
>> interact with it to make it a collaborative performance.
>> Well, it was a total success and loads of fun!  I got tons of calls from
>> the
>> approximately 50 or so audiences members, and all the calls were
>> processed
>> and randomly looped along with my guitar. There were many times when I
>> was
>> actually playing duo with an unknown audience member for 2-3 minutes. It
>> was
>> so much fun, and it made me laugh and smile many times during the
>> performance. Some folks even sent me text messages with humorous
>> comments,
>> or asking me to do something again, etc.
>> Anyway, it was just a test to see if it would work. I now plan to assign
>> different tones to my text messages and calls, so that I can write a
>> max/msp
>> patch that will do different things with those signals, like looping, or
>> turning on a certain effect and so on. I've already written a patch that
>> will convert a cell phone call into randomly changing my effect
>> selection.
>> Lots of potential here.
>> Kris
>> www.krispenhartung.com