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Pathways (2022)

[live screen-score for any sound making performer, with or without instrument]
duration: approx. 7’

Performance note

Technical setup:
     ❖ The score should be projected during the performance, visible to both the performer and the audience.

     ❖ While it is possible to use a built-in microphone* (of your computer, tablet, phone...), an external microphone and sound output through stereo PA system is prefered.

*External microphone, attached to the instrument, will allow the performer to have more control over the interaction with what is happening on (and in) the screen. Using internal microphone will result in less control over the material coming from the live input. It is not wrong to do it this way, but one should be aware of effects it will have on the flow of the performance. It can be an artistic choice. Liekwise, an external microphone, strategically placed in the performance space, making all of the audience and the space part of the performance, can also be a choice taken when interpreting.

     ❖ recommended browsers: firefox or chrome

About the structure of the piece, functioning of the live screen score, the role of the live performer, live sound input and interactions:

     ❖ There are four interacting layers in the piece.

The score has three layers itself, are all equally important. The top layer appears visually from the moment "BEGIN >>>" is clicked on. The sound and animation will begin only after clicking on "activate live input". This layer is derived from birds' migration paths, and is a visual and sonic representation of these migration routes. Algorithm is randomly picking out how many (minimum three) and which paths it will load. Each time the score is entered anew, or browser refreshed, there is a new random selection.

The middle layer is not directly obvious. It is a layer that acts like a masking veil for the bottom layer. It changes its opacity when in contact either with the top layer(animated bird paths) or the live input. It also contains sounds from specific areas of the Earth and its habitants, also reacting to interactions with the top layer or live input. The bottom, hidden layer, that is throughout the piece only hinted in glimpses (appearing in glimpses when the middle layer changes its opacity), is eventually revealed on the end of the piece. This layer is derived from human migration paths.

The fourth layer is the live sound input coming form the performer. Once live input is activated, and sound is being made by the performer, there is a visual representation (red dot-line) that appears on the screen. This line acts like a compas needle and changes its length and it is position influenced by the sound of the performer. The changes are made, and controlled, through the pitch and volume recognition built into the score. The recognition mapping of the score for volume is done so that playing softly will keep the needle close to the center and the louder the sound the loger the needle extends onto the canvas. Pitch is mapped in circular direction, going clockwise from lowest pitch to hight. With these parameters in place the performer should listen to what is happening sonically in already existing sound coming from the score and start to build their sonic material in conversation with it but also having in mind that this sound input has a visual effect. As the needle moves, it can interact and affect what is revealed from the hidden layer. Performer can therefore choose to make decisions simultaneously being influenced by the existing sound and the visual aspects, only by the existing sound, or their sonic material can also only be based on how it will appear visually on the screen. Through playing with these parameters the live performer enters into the conversation with the piece and also embeds themselves into the digital world (the browser, where the score/piece lives).

     ❖ After entering the piece (via the link below), click on "BEGIN >>>". Please wait some seconds before clicking on "activate live input", to allow sounds to load.

     ❖ The piece is approximately 7 minutes long. Live input is being automatically cut around 6'25''. When this happens, stop making sound and let the last 30'' play on their own, along with the visual change on the screen. Remain static, engaged in observing the happenings on/from the screen.


Program note

There is an inherent naturalness in state of migrating: all living beings, throughout their life cycles, change or seek environments to better suit their needs for living. In different seasons or because of the change of the environment itself.
Birds move around the Earth, using specific areas as their summer, or their winter, or their breeding, or their mating environment. These paths are studied, made visible in so that they are preserved and made safe to make the passage, prolong the living.
While these migrations remain to be seen as natural, and have freedom of passage to do so in order to live, survive, raise their offspring, other migrations are considered illegal.
The Others, they are being shut, obscured, shun... the beings using them often left voiceless and their right to existence is attempted to be erased...


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ENTER the score


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