I’m currently working on building an app for Mnemosyne that expands on the ways in which we can stream audio and interact with participants. It will include a built in list of upcoming performances, with an option to start streaming at the time of performance. Within an event, those who are streaming a track, could become a mobile speaker. Eventually, we want to have multiple electronic parts that participants can choose from to stream/ broadcast. If there are several different parts being played by phone and Bluetooth speakers alike, then there is natural live diffusion as people move throughout the space.
With our next performance down at La Esquina in November, I hope to have this app developed. There will be many musical and visual events on that night around the block, so if we can amplify that space with participants phones, then we can effectively transform the space.
I’m still uncertain what else the app will include, but this will be the main focus of development for the next couple of months.
Mnemosyne Quartet is excited to be working with Video Artist Eric Souther again! We will be collaborating for a show--Fragmented Realities--on November 5th, at La Esquina. Fragmented Realities is an immersive performance installation that utilizes eight-channel surround sound, and panoramic video projection, animating the architecture of La Esquina. Footage from Kansas City’s Union Station, Zoo, and Motor Speedway will be fed into a custom piece of software that uses lumakeying and pixel sorting paired with digital feedback to create repetitions into infinity. Eric will perform live using the gyroscopic sensor of his iPhone to manipulate the direction of the feedback, the level of zoom, and the rotation of the angle of each repetition in space. Mnemosyne will transport the sonic environments of these aforementioned locations through live manipulation of source recordings and guided improvisation that draws upon audible cues present in the performance space, transported elements, and the ensemble's own musical direction.
Motors was originally written for our Art in the Loop show last year at Prairie Logic. The electronic elements are made up of field recordings of car engines, trains, and a particularly noisy food truck generator. Various different filters created the sounds of this piece, with the flanger probably being the most recognizable. I also created a sampler instrument from the generator motor that turned into an awesome organ-like instrument. Often the electronics are more ambient while Michael, Russell, and myself are more active, contrasting some of our more pensive pieces with something that is loud and energetic!