Category Archives: performance

Double Vision, Call Out 2017

Double Vision is a series of free-form gigs showcasing the practice of DIY, experimental, sound artists and “other” musicians. The program seeks to a create platform that encourages collaboration between artists and musicians – and their communities, providing the opportunity to re-frame and recalibrate creative vision through a cross disciplinary approach.

Double Vision invites proposals from students of the University of Sydney (past/present/future) and the wider community for the 2017 series.

Performance dates will be confirmed with the artists after the call-out deadline – the gigs take place on a Saturday afternoon from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.

Please note: Successful applicants from past series will not be reconsidered and need not re-apply. New projects are welcome.

DOUBLE VISION // Call-out 2017

A complete rendition of the “I Am Sitting In A Video Room” project

This video is a complete rendition of the “I Am Sitting In A Video Room” project, showing highlights of the complete 1000 iterations of the video. If you’re confused, read below and click the link for for info.

https://soundcloud.com/ontologist/set…

An homage to the great Alvin Lucier, this piece explores the ‘photocopy effect’, where upon repeated copies the object begin to accumulate the idiosyncrasies of the medium doing the copying.

Full words: I am sitting in a room different from the one you are in now. I am recording the sound of my speaking voice as well as the image of myself, and I am going to upload it to YouTube, rip it from YouTube, and upload it again and again, until the original characteristics of both my voice and my image are destroyed. What you will see and hear, then, are the artifacts inherent in the video codec of both YouTube and the mp4 format I convert it to on my computer. I regard this activity not so much as a demonstration of a digital fact, but more as a way to eliminate all human qualities my speech and image might have.

Please visit the VIDEO ROOM FAQ at:

http://www.ontologist.us/post/?blogID=96

And other pieces of curious music/video art:

http://www.ontologist.us

Music on a Long Thin Wire by Alvin Lucier (1977) – SOCKS

Music On A Long Thin Wire” is a sound and installation piece conceived in 1977 and repeatedly staged thereafter. A single piano wire (originally three- to four-foot-long, then lenghtened over the course of other performances) is stretched between bridges at either end. Both ends of the wire are connected to an amplifier, driving the wire with a sine wave oscillator. A horseshoe magnet is placed around the wire. When the wire is electrified, its current interacts with the magnetic field and the vibrations are picked up by microphones connected to the bridges. The resulting sound is controlled by a performer who control the sine wave oscillator inducing sonic phenomena as “nodal shifts, echo trains, noisy overdrivings”.

Source: Music on a Long Thin Wire by Alvin Lucier (1977) – SOCKS