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.”

*students

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 }.