The DelRay laboratory is a site specific and
time specific, artistic installation. This laboratory facilitates
experimentation with different procedures for exploring the fusion
of sound and image. Through computer programming, sensors, and audience
interaction, various image and sound synthesis techniques will reveal
the complexities of the grammar of vision and auditory perception.
Line, color, form, depth, motion, acceleration, and texture will
interact as the visual counterpoint to similar properties of sound.
The experiments will take place as both artistic and scientific
explorations within themselves as well as evolving into a formal
composition. On display are both the composition and the artistic
process of the composition.
DelRay's experiments will be conducted using the QuickTime
based architecture of Nato 0+55 and the MAX/MSP object oriented
programming language. Two systems, one for each of the composers,
will be set up in the laboratory whereby external, environmental
information will become the data "steering" each aspect
of synthesis and playback.
The two members of Delray will work separately on their own workstations.
Matt Biederman will be constructing the visual synthesis using Nato
and Bart Woodstrup will use MSP to generate and manipulate sound.
Video cameras will be used to gather imagery and also as a control
mechanism that will feed into both visual and audio synthesis. Sensors
gathering information on temperature, light, motion, depth perception,
will be incorporated. The two workstations will be networked sending
sensor, sound, and image information to create a dialogue between
the two computers.
Image and sound will be systematically introduced to one another,
colliding with each other, creating entirely new relationships between
one another. The sound of this collision will produce disagreeable
vibrations of such magnitude that new harmonies will be produced.
These harmonies will be created along the pathways from sensory
experience to perception, nostalgia, and knowledge. This process
is wrought from the scientific (the need to know) and the intuitive
(the need to create).