Quiet Ensemble: Music by Pineapples, Mice, Snails, and Goldfish, and a Theater as Actor

In calm reflections on life and nature, the Quiet Ensemble lets flora and fauna compose their own ambient etudes, following their movements and tuning in on electrical frequencies. Mice running in wheels play music boxes; light and sound trace the slimy path of snails. Fruit charge up thick, glitchy bass, as goldfish perform an audiovisual quartet in rectangular aquaria. Based on Rome, this collective has produced a series of reflective audiovisual performances. Each project takes on a unique personality, musically and philosophically, so let’s look at them in turn. The snails Orienta; รจ qui ora, che decido di fermarmi from …

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The Audiovisual Synth: VJ Fader + Mandy Mozart on Combining Visuals, Sound [Video]

VJ Fader and Mandy Mozart about A+V from LVX.TV Institute for Live-Video on Vimeo. Visuals can accompany sound, make elaborate light shows that splash color behind music, or turn music into a stunning spectacle. But really fusing visuals and music into the sense of one medium? That’s a bigger hill to climb. In another interview shot at Rome’s international LPM festival this year, artists Mandy Mozart and VJ Fader speak eloquently about rising to this challenge, and treating audiovisuals as a single instrument. Watch: We talked with Mandy Mozart and VJ Fader about their interesting audiovisual project A+V. The Visuals …

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When Hundreds of Visualists Converge: Ioann Maria Explains LPM's Revolutionary Vision

Ioann Maria about Live Performers Meeting from LVX.TV Institute for Live-Video on Vimeo. VJ day, indeed. What will it take for live visuals to reach a new level of expression? Perhaps that answer is human, not technical, involving newcomers as well as experts, unknown and undiscovered talent as well as celebrities, and getting as much of that personal power connected with others. The experience of attending a festival like the Live Performers Meeting can be, for a visual artist, simply revolutionary. For isolated artists, the pilgrimage to this festival is very often a labor of love, self-funded by creators whose …

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When Hundreds of Visualists Converge: Ioann Maria Explains LPM’s Revolutionary Vision

Ioann Maria about Live Performers Meeting from LVX.TV Institute for Live-Video on Vimeo. VJ day, indeed. What will it take for live visuals to reach a new level of expression? Perhaps that answer is human, not technical, involving newcomers as well as experts, unknown and undiscovered talent as well as celebrities, and getting as much of that personal power connected with others. The experience of attending a festival like the Live Performers Meeting can be, for a visual artist, simply revolutionary. For isolated artists, the pilgrimage to this festival is very often a labor of love, self-funded by creators whose …

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In Rome, 500 International Performers Have Descended for One Visual Weekend [LPM Teaser Video]

If you think live visual performance doesn’t attract the kind of passion that indie music production does, you might need to think again. I’m writing from Rome and the latest installment of the Live Performers Meeting (LPM), a massively-epic international gathering of artists now in its eleventh year. Over 500 individual artists are here just to play – not to watch or passive attend, but play. They’re largely self-funded, with LPM providing only accommodation and a venue in which they can show their work. Plug in your DVI and go – that’s it. It’s clearly taken some significant sacrifices for …

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Event Report: Live Performers Meeting, Roma 2008

The fifth edition of LPM brought 240 visualists from around Europe to the edgy splendour of Rome’s Mattatoio di Testaccio for a four day program incorporating 60 a/v performances and 60 vj sets. With a peer-to-peer philosophy and an open-submissions program, it was really encouraging not only to see practitioners in the field get to meet and exchange over the four days, but to see such a high quantity of considered audio-visual works, and an impressive quality overall. Todd Thille reports, with some extra reportage by me. Walking into the 900sq.m of the elegant Macello IV hall, the festival instantly …

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