[NetBehaviour] digital viola exhaustion and cephalopod interpretation

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Wed Oct 3 16:25:26 CEST 2018

digital viola exhaustion and cephalopod interpretation

http://www.alansondheim.org/dve.mp4 video
http://www.alansondheim.org/violamocap.mp3 music

live viola fragment, processing, mocap, Alan Sondheim
Augustus Wendell at the mocap controls
background image scanning scan, Alan Sondheim

day turning dark, five hour drive down into Newark
parking @ the university, unloading into Augustus' office
Louis picked us up at 30 minute parking
Louis helped unload as well, then we went to mocap

I wanted to embed the viola in the body, embed the playing
not much chance of that, hands and arms _away_ from it all
then later along came the intelligent octopus
and i thought cuttlefish as well with their luminescent language
i thought that's what i'd play, that luminescence
everything had to occur after everything occurred
and i made this short piece of octopus intelligence
well recognizing that the cephalopoda would find this absurd
all of them paying no attention or in disbelief
or at least wondering why there was no swimming involved

i explained to them that the swimming was in the playing
they wanted to hear more of that to be sure
in the long run we agreed to agree, not to disagree
it was a moment for all of us, Louis and Augustus and Azure
as well as for the curious cephalopoda lurking in the shadows

( later it seemed, the cephalopod did in fact help greatly,
almost embodying the rotunda of the rather large viola
in its own body, the tentacles following suit, the mocap suit
itself tending to lead the way, one animal in agreement with
another, both swimming in the music, digital viola exhaustion,
the changing lighting reminiscent of the cuttlefish, who knew
among us, what they were saying, and to whom )

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