Archive for the ‘DiscoThoughts’ Category

September street party videos are up at last!

We’ve been busy little… Discotropers, but at last, the videos from our street party shows at Zero1 San Jose and ISEA Albuquerque are online! You can find them on our Videos page, or just watch em right here. We had lots of fun at both shows -Discotroping outdoors in public places was something we’d been […]

Discotrope Almost Arrives! (The Future is Dead. Long Live the Future.)

We’ve got a new video! And some thoughts on the future… The future ain’t what it used to be. -Yogi Berra Economies are dismal in much of the world; R&D budgets are slashed. The space shuttle is no more, joining supersonic transport in the annals of Cool-Stuff-That-Used-To-Exist. When Steve Jobs died, it signaled the final […]

Dancing at Cameras: Movie stars, then and now

We often say Discotrope depicts a slice of cinematic history – people dancing “at” cameras. That might sound as enigmatic as dancing “about” architecture. So what exactly do we mean? When we started looking at dance films for Discotrope, we noticed something. There were plenty of films made “of” people dancing. These were generally shot […]

Music music music!

(No, not that kind of music music music…. ) Just heard the first cut of Cristyn’s generative soundtrack, and it is awesome! Works great with the visuals, and gives me more ideas for developing the visuals further. I’m one of those touchy-feely hands-on kind of artists who doesn’t really get the full sense of where […]

Thanks Turbulence!

Thanks to Jo-Anne Green for mentioning us on the Networked Performance blog at Turbulence. I’m a longtime fan of Turbulence. There’s not that many places that focus on the intersection of new media and performance that pay as much attention to the performance side as the new media side. So, props to Turbulence for doing […]

Instrument-making and physics – aka physics is our dance partner.

For various reasons, I (Amy) have been thinking a lot lately about instrument-making. Although some musical instruments are more difficult than others, most traditional instruments seem to have been designed with at least the intention of facilitating performance as much as possible. With the advent of computer-based instruments – auditory or visual – things have […]