Variant: an audiovisual performanceDecember 3, 2015 At Eyebeam at the Seaport, 117 Beekman Street
Composer Kenneth Kirschner and visualist Joshue Ott will premiere an audiovisual performance created with material from their Variant series of iOS apps, while surrounded by their installation for Inside/Out.
This installation brings together two instances of the app variant:SONiC with an extended 8-channel sound installation based on further transformation of the app’s music. The Variant apps are a series of generative artworks created by Ott and Kirschner that integrate interactive visuals with indeterminate music to create an ever-changing, ever-evolving audiovisual experience.
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Joshue Ott (b. 1977) is a visualist and software designer who creates cinematic visual improvisations that are performed live and projected in large scale. Working from hand-drawn forms manipulated in real time with superDraw, a software instrument of his own design, Ott composes evolving images that reside somewhere between minimalism, psychedelia, and Cagean chance. Ott is also the creator the iOS apps Thicket, snowDrift, Falling Stars, Pitch Painter, and the new Variant series.
Kenneth Kirschner (b. 1970) is a composer of experimental music working at the intersection of avant-garde classical composition and contemporary electronic music. His work is characterized by a close integration of acoustic and electronic sound sources; a strong focus on harmony, pattern, and long-form development; and experimentation with techniques such as chance procedures, indeterminacy, and microtonality within a digital context. An advocate of open source music, Kirschner releases all of his work freely online through his website, kennethkirschner.com.