Experiment 2: in which I done a video

Bonjour, mes amis. These 3 videos are going to form part of another installation I'm doing at college next Saturday. They're going to be played on 3 video screens in one corner of an office room- the idea being that they're each one side of a corporate video-conferencing session that's going a bit wrong.

There'll be other stuff going on inside the room as well. Super secret stuff. The sound was made using a motion-tracking pd patch very similar to the one below, except this time it's to pre-composed video rather than a live stream.. anyway here are the videos. Enjoy!

(for best results, please feel free to watch all 3 at the same time...)

Sophie Tilley, live from Madrid

Jack Melham, all the way from sunny San Francisco

Matt McDade, lost and confused in Tokyo

Experiment 1: in which a live video is streamed and gibberish is heard

Blatantly not been updating this here, mainly due to watching far too many Rodney Mullen videos on youtube over the past couple of weeks. However, I have been doing stuff, and stuff.

Here is some of it.

This is a test patch I've made in PureData for one of a pair of installations I'm aiming to put on in college at the open house day next week. At the moment it's called 'Catchphrase', after the BBC learn-Welsh podcast many of the samples are from.

Audio samples containing an instruction, suggestion or Welsh-based fact are set off at random intervals between 3 and 9 seconds. Meanwhile, a gem window detects movement in front of a fixed camera, tracking the image's centre of gravity. This tracker sets off letters from the Welsh alphabet (ordered from right to left in the above video, but left to right for the user), banging out a midi note in Logic at the same time. The alphabet-samples are pitchshifted higher if the movement is at the top of the screen, and lower as the centre of gravity moves further towards the bottom. Oh, and there's a bit of reverb and delay. And the next alphabet-sample won't get set off until the one before it has finished (it just got silly otherwise). And, err.. that's it.

It's not fantastically musical or anything, but it has a certain level of interaction, and given another week will hopefully be quite good, and also fun for people to wander past in the CMT corridor.

More experiments and, eventually, finished business to follow. Also, we absolutely have to video the boomwhacker piece and get that shit on youtube.

(edit - good lord, that video really doesn't need to be 3 minutes long, does it?)

Avey Tare & Panda Bear vs Federico Fellini

So here's a little video I made for Avey Tare & Panda Bear's song 'April & The Phantom', using bits cut out of 'La Dolce Vita'...

I was trying to be a bit William Burroughs and make something like those videos the Books do for their music. It's a bit raggedy round the edges, but then so's the song itself, and that's why I like it.

Declaration of intent

Hello, happy internet wanderers. My name's Ed and this is my blog. I've recently graduated with Distinction from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, having been awarded an Mmus in Creative Music Technology.

I've had work commissioned by BBC Radio 4, and been played on BBC 6 Music in Britain and RTE Radio na Gaeltachta in Ireland. I have an invitation from the legendary Barry Truax to go and work under him for a month or two next summer, and am basically awesome all round.

What they say:

"[Ghosts Before Breakfast is...] an excellent EP... we would also recommend his wide-ranging writings and his projects with archive film" - Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

"I felt an instant affinity to your approach... technically masterful... very evocative" - Barry Truax, internationally-renowned composer and pioneer of granular synthesis

"multi-layered, thought-provoking work... have you considered entering the Turner Prize?" - Jonathan Hardy, multiple BAFTA-winning composer

This blog is intended to act as a showcase of my current research and other work, although I might just throw some random stuff up here as well; we'll see how it goes.

To see my current portfolio, please click here.

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions or spare money, please leave a comment or get in touch via email: e.r.millington@dunelm.org.uk