Friday, March 22, 2013

Happy mistakes #2

Reworking an old piece so I can have things in framebuffers and use newer libraries. Not what I wanted exactly yet but some interesing artifacts.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

layeredConnections - this is what it looked like for me

The test of the remote WJ-S software system on 19 March 2013. Here is my desktop. You can see the mixer, the playlist and the skype video call and text chat.  The stream was also available but for the set I was worried about bandwith lags so I switched it off.

Anne was the human interface coordinating the starts and stops of sets. Software by James coordinated the tech side of the experience. I had no software glitches.

I experienced the narrowness of the bandwidth pipe intensely, the mediated blocky-ness, sound distortion, pops squeaks, the nervous feeling that if I am disconnected then the event is there, but connection only in my imagination, the interpolation by my one interpretation to skip over the technology burrs. At the same time the feeling of amazement that people from different physical locations can control pixels and speakers in a space in Paris.
Frame from Sakrowski's set.

Thanks to Anne and James. Thanks to Fletcher for music.

Friday, March 15, 2013

layeredConnections - testing the new version of the WJ-S mixer

Preparing a playlist for the test session this weekend on the new version of the WJ-S mixer with Anne and James. How does it work? There are computers at the venue connected to screens and also connected to the internet. I make up a play list of url's. I log into the computer at the venue and control which url is displayed on the multiple screens remotely.  

 The bits I am putting together I call layeredConnections and it is based on the following ideas:

  •  This phrase 
networks of susceptible activity, opaque zones of nonknowledge
 which I am pulling out of context from Matthew Fuller's book Evil Media.

 Also some ideas that have surfaced and coalesced.
  • sometimes software logic felts together. 
  • sometimes entropy knits/knots physical wires together. 
  • sometimes meanings and intentions layer and weave into new meanings.
  • sometimes sound frequencies mat together in a thick layer of interference. 
  • sometimes lines hatch and cross creating the illusion of another dimension.