3rd 01SJ Biennial September 2010

A global festival of art on the edge


Jason Freeman
Rova Saxophone Quartet
Venue: MACLA
Thursday June 5, 2008 8:00pm
Friday June 6, 2008 8:00pm
Saturday June 7, 2008 4:00pm and 6:00pm
Tickets: $10. Tickets Page

In Flock, music notation, electronic sound, and video animation are all generated in real time based on the locations of musicians, dancers, and audience members as they move and interact with each other. Computer vision software analyzes video from an overhead camera to determine the location of each participant, and this data is used to create music notation for four jazz saxophonists, to render a three-dimensional video animation, and to generate an electronic soundtrack. By inviting the audience to help create the unique music and visuals for each performance, Flock seeks to reconcile concert performance with the dynamics of collaborative creation, multi-player games, and social networks to create an engaging live event.

“It’s part inspired by a cocktail party, and part by a dance club environment,” Freeman said. “Even in part by a multiplayer game, where people are in competition to influence the music by convincing people to follow them.”
via Wired

AP video

See also http://www.jasonfreeman.net/flock

Flock was commissioned by the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami and premiered there in December 2007 during Art | Basel | Miami Beach.