About two months ago, Gervais Harry, Chris Prescott, Fiona Keenan and I worked together on an improvised sound for film project using tools built in Max. We took the performance a bit further (thanks to Gervais’ trickery in Jitter) and created an improvised film – where not only was the soundtrack improvised but the video too. The video was triggered and ‘edited’ on the spot. We would respond to Gervais’ video cuts with sound and he in-turn would respond to the sound through further video edits and visual effects.
The result was something unpredictable, unexpected and completely improvised since there were no rehearsals or a pre-determined plan. It was interesting as the traditional boundaries of film making were broken and it was a true collaboration between visuals and sound. It was a success and we were invited to perform at the Glasgow Film Fest.
We will have to create a 15 minute improvised film themed ‘Glasgow: A symphony of a city’.
How will it work?
We are collaborating with a film maker, Susan Kemp, who will shoot a variety of footage in Glasgow for us. Additionally, we will record sounds in Glasgow, including Glasgow-related poetry written by Fiona Rintoul.
Gervais will control the video side of things (and some sound design), while Chris and I will control the design of the soundtrack. We will have no rehearsals with any of the video and recorded sound material. Our first performance at the festival will be our first attempt. Exciting!
We have built tools in Max/MSP, which not only makes all of this possible but also allows us to communicate and share data with each other as we perform – automatically influencing each other’s tools. Over the next three weeks Gervais and I will blog about the tools and processes we will be using to make this performance possible.