For this set I improvised in real-time using visual synthesis with live camera input as my only source using Resolume with Novation LaunchPad X for my control surface. The Laucnhpad has a custom controller layout I made for Resolume.
Last summer I was experimenting with some interactive visuals with live camera input (as I do) to create an an alien overlay on my face. Was this inspired by John Carpenter’s They Live? Of course it was – haha.
I thought it worked really well for my song “Infected” from my album REBOOT and made a teaser video which I posted on YouTube and Instagram.
“Infected” is very trippy track where an infected human begins to sense they are merging into another consciousness. Available on Spotify, Apple Music, and beyond…
For those new to my music, I have three mostly beat-driven cinematic
electronic music albums. REBOOT tells the invasion tale from the human
point of view. I Hear Your Signals is the same story from alien point of
view with inverted emotional curves. Fear Cannot Save Us is the third
album, released in 2014, tells the story of the transformation of a
human to an alien hybrid being. In 2019 I released the single
“Disconnected” which is relate to this story.
Phase 1 – Focus on Music and Collaborate with Others
I’m preparing a new show for 2019 to perform many new songs I’ve composed (like “Disconnected”) and to bring back some songs from these previous albums that I’ve never played live. See my home page for events info.
For earlier shows with this set of songs I’m just going to focus on the music and collaborate with visuals artists where possible.
For this festival I’ve asked the amazing Michael O’Bannon to do my visuals. Michael had done some of my visuals in the past at Electro-Music NY I’m really excited to collaborate with him again. You can see a photo and video of a past performance where he provided visuals below.
Phase 2 – Incorporate New Visuals & Still Collaborate with Others When Possible
After I’m satisfied that I have a solid set on the music side, I’ll circle back and start working on original visuals. I have many new ideas on the look feel and technology behind this which I’ll blog about here in the future.
That being said I love collaborating so I look forward to also doing some shows with other visualist even after I have my own companion visuals.
This is a 5 minute video highlight from the 2+ hour Denver Synth_Drone Collective performance at Mutiny Information Cafe in Denver for the Textures Ambient Showcase.We setup in semi-circle in the back of the cafe surround by the stacks of books. Most of the footage was shot over-my- shoulder with my GoPro Hero 5 Session as I improvised live visuals with Resolume 6with both live camera input and heavily synthesized video field recordings.
The Denver Synth_Drone Collective (from left-to-right around the semi-circle in this video):
Kuxaan Sum (Modular, Arturia Microbrute, Various Outboard FX)
Biostatic (Moog Sub Phatty)
Sean Patrick Faling (MFB Dominion1, Various Outboard FX)
Chris Sessions (Access Virus TI2, Ableton Live & Push 2)
Chris Frain (Moog Animoog)
Mark Mosher (Resolume, MIDI Fighter Twister | Ableton Live 10, Ableton Wavetable, Tone2 Nemesis, Ableton Push 2)
We plan to release an album of the entire performance in the future. For now check out albums from previous performances:
I just uploaded a bunch of photos from the Oct 30th Miss American Vampire set as a Flickr album. Thanks to James Terry who took a lot of the higher-end shots. You may not recognize in some of the shots as I was dressed as Robert Smith from the cure for Halloween. I’m the guy in the black wig :^)
In addition to doing my own visuals, I also did visuals for the artists. Included in this album is some footage without audio that I rendered as I was doing visuals for these artists. The video is what the audience saw projected on the screens.