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Live Stage: Blank Pages Performance [de Berlin]

blank.jpgBlank Pages Performances: Blank Pages #7 with Jorge Antonio Martinez Sanchez – Nicolas/Lain Berger – Thomas Thiery – Pierce Warnecke – Felix Pfeifer :: September 5, 2009; 2:00 – 3:00 pm :: Emitter19 – Kiefholzstrasse 19 – Berlin.

Blank Pages #8 with Stefan Tiedje – Renaud Rubiano – Barreiro Servando – João Pais – Duan Wasi – Dominik Tresowski :: September 6, 2009; 5:00 – 6:00 pm :: NK – Elsen str 52 – Berlin.

The Blank Pages Performance is an improvisation involving live coding, where the participants are musicians and instrument makers at the same time. The performances are never prepared and the participants do not necessarily know each other. Each participant has a station on which he creates a sound making program in real time using Pure Data or MaxMSP. These programming environments allow them to write and modify their code while continuing to produce sound and/or video. There is no computer connection between the stations: only listening to each other allows the participants to play together- the quality of the music produced is based on this central idea and it is each performer’s responsibility to listen as much as possible. This, the score, and the four points below are what guides the musician/programmers through the Blank Pages Performance.

1. The performance lasts one hour. This is the length redeemed sufficient to construct and develop a dialogue between the performers.

2. Each participant must use one of two programming languages written by Miller Puckette ; Pure Data or Max MSP. These programming environments were conceived for the real time creation and processing of data, sound and video.

3. The musician/programmers must begin the performance with a blank programming page. They are therefore set in a situation of pure improvisation since even there instrument is non-existent at the beginning of the set.

4. It is strictly forbidden to load or save a file during the entire session.


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