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Live musical performance with SCOUT interactive AV accompaniment

SCOUT : Tim Gruchy

Music : Tim Gruchy & James Pinker

Auckland Art Week

17 Oct, 2013


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SCOUT : LIVE was a live performance by myself and James Pinker. Primarily utilising the original sound element created for SCOUT the installation. These we recomposed live through the performance. A number of other elements were also been added. First and foremost the addition of beats none of which appear in the original soundscapes. There are also some contextual found samples. In performance James triggered and moulded all the rhythmic elements plus some other layers.  triggered and live mixed a range of other components, typically up to seven per section. There are eight sections to the work that progress and evolve fairly seamlessly. I use a new interface called Leap Motion, much like the theremin of old it allows me to control and manipulate certain parameters through hand and arm movements, but in a highly resolute and gestural recognising way. This has a direct relationship to my earlier work in the 80s and 90s with the Mandala system as seen best in Synthing. I also like it's relationship to the classical musical conductor. The third performer in this is SCOUT herself. This happens in two ways. She is listening to what James and I are doing and responding with sounds and visuals as well as responding to direct audience input be it touch or audio. These responses are in the same realm as her day to day responses but heightened considerably by the placement of our PA system. On this occasion I purposely chose not to directly control SCOUT in any way beyond her usual interface. James and I have been working in the studio on soundscapes for various art projects for around 6 years now since having originally met as touring band members on Big Day Out in 1996. This performance marks our first foray into live performance together.












Video by Tim Gruchy