early warning [ Aug 26 at MKE Fringe Fest ]

Work now in development : a 45-minute generative sound and vision work in a theatrical setting. Content unfolds a series of gestures discovered by considering solitary confinement in American prisons.

The work coincides with a national prison strike by inmates being put to enforced labor by for-profit prisons. This yet-to-be-titled work will be performed on August 26, 2018, at Vogel Hall, in the Marcus Center of Performing Arts, at Milwaukee’s Fringe Festival.

[ false face doth hide what the false heart doth know ]

In early June I watched Kurosawa’s “Throne Of Blood”. My summer visual media studies will feature as many Macbeth adaptations as I can . . .  “Men of Respect”, a 1990 B-movie mob film starring many familiar faces came next; then Orson Wells’s 1948 adaptation, and the Fassbinder/Cotillard 2015 UK film.

Certain motifs from Macbeth are pleasant to consider at the moment, none more on-point than the dialogue between Lady Macduff and her child before Macbeth has them murdered. This dialogue becomes the visual, while Macbeth’s description of his own  behavior post-murder (the title of this post) becomes the audio . . .

… with a little editorializing of my own.

Looking forward to making images of key motifs or ideas from Shakespeare’s tale of treachery. Macbeth’s a rich source of symbolism for deeper thinking about contemporary challenges, and a reminder of their source in human behavior that transcends this moment.

early warning

I’m performing as [ MANCO ] at Peter Woods’ album release show July 18, at Milwaukee’s Jazz Gallery.

It’s funny, a couple of weeks ago I had a great convo with another person teaching in new media at UW-M & he was like “Oh and they* think they’re just geniuses when they figure out that you can transform video or still images into audio” and I was like “Yeah its like visualizers, like I have to cure them of making visualisers … But so much depends on what the video source is, and why you’re shaping it into sound.”


sketching out the score
sketching out the score

Started working on the score today, shimmering static evidence of our longest ever war, in Afghanistan. This is just a hint, a sketch of woven static and video. It has a ways to go. It’s a lament, a hollowed out wail ~ generative & live performance sound & image ~  the piece’s called threnody { contingent overload unravels }.