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From the Heart of Belgrade’s Underground, Inside a New Festival Experience

Summertime. You certainly can’t complain about your options in electronic music festivals. But in some of the best festivals, there’s also a sameness – talented lineups, repeated from weekend to weekend. That predictability is part of the draw, part of the commercial viability of many of these events and of the artist industry they support. But where do you go if you want something different to happen? If you want a mix of music that’s different, an environment that’s different, if you want all the things that wouldn’t work elsewhere? One place to go is the countryside of Serbia, from …

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Your Belgrade Underground Connection: See and Hear Experimental Dance Music

From the beating heart of Europe, audiovisual electronic instrumentalism continues to thrive. We’re fortunate to bring a slice of that scene to you. CDM is in Belgrade, Serbia this week, where we’re pleased to host an event celebrating real-time visual expression. And we get to do it in one of the best underground venues in the city, Drugstore. Event details, for any of you here in the neighborhood: Drugstore, 17 January 23h We’ll start out with a workshop on making architectural space dynamic with interactive/generative sound and imagery, hosted by myself and Abduct. (More on that topic here and on …

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From Hacked VHS and CCTV Tech, An Installation That Reverses Your Sight

Parallax from Incredible Bob on Vimeo. At its best, art can change a perspective, or change the way you see. In the installation “Parallax” by our friend Incredible Bob, that’s meant literally – very literally. Using hacked viewfinders and analog video tech, the Belgrade-based artist shows the viewer what happens when the perspective of your eyes is reversed – without the screaming, bleeding, and vision loss that might otherwise risk. He writes: Parallax is a binocular video installation made out of two hacked VHS viewfinders crossed with 2 CCTV bullet cameras. When you look at it, your eyes become crossed, …

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Peoplemeter: Experimental Film, Score Imagine a World Populated by the Things We Left Behind

As umbrellas scurry about like spiders, inanimate metal objects scuttling through emptied streets, and electronics send clicks and crackles between robots, Peoplemeter produces a post-apocalyptic world without humans. Microscopes and endoscopes shoot these objects in revelatory ways, as the musical score amplifies their sounds. These objects are animated through various effects, ranging from stop motion to more abstract portraits as textures. Director Incredible Bob makes these intimate moments a kind of cinematic object theater. The sound, too, literally comes from inanimate ephemera, transformed into experimental instruments by musician WoO of the BelgradeNoise collective. The trailer is already compelling. More details …

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Resonate Gathers Bleeding-Edge Digital Media in Serbia; Watch it in Videos

Resonate 2013 – SR from Resonate Festival on Vimeo. The collision of talent and ideas online is a powerful force, but it’s nothing compared to the energy that’s released as you put people together, in person. So, I’m excited to be traveling next week to Belgrade for Resonate Festival, both to meet the community of artists, curators, and students in Serbia, and also the many folks traveling from around Europe and the world. I hope we can all report back. I was going to start to try to run down who’s there, but there are too many women and men …

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Resonate 2013: Digital Visual Culture Paradise in Belgrade, in Packed, Affordable Weekend

Some art requires creative applications of technology in order to refine technique. At top, below: [Processing co-creator] Casey Reas. Digital minds converge at various places on the globe, but I’m uniquely excited for Resonate Festival 2013 in Belgrade, Serbia. I can think of no other place where this many different kinds of visualism intersect, from generative art to VJing, all wrangled in the crisp curatorial vision of Creative Applications and collaborators Magnetic Field B [NGO] and Dom Omladine. Oh, and for some reason, they also let me in. While we’re routinely sent events to promote, I think it’s also worth …

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Visual Reel Picks: vvvv and Audiovisuals from Max Hattler

Enough talk about free software – back to some actual visuals. German visualist Max Hattler sends us his latest visual reel, a live A/V set performed in Serbia, and it’s a brilliant diversion. Textured geometries meld and blink in lovely combinations of hard-edged abstraction and painterly layers. It’s all done in vvvv, the graphical patching tool for Windows, the tool that, while it fails to be a household name, generates loads of optical output. I really enjoy the sounds, too. Much is made on our companion site Create Digital Music of what performances look like, but surely there’s also appeal …

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