Audio-visual Interiors

Audio-Visual Interiors is a quadraphonic audio-visual composition performed by the live electronic duo of John R. Ferguson and Andrew R. Brown. Both composers have developed new instruments for this work, these utilise Pure Data on portable mobile devices. Touch Designer is used for live visuals, with both performers sending MIDI messages from their mobile devices. Quadraphonic sound diffusion is both automated and responsive to tactile input and computational parameters. The work involves performance with live algorithms where performer agency is augmented by machine agency, as all agents exert their influence in somewhat unpredictable ways.

Brown explores ring modulation synthesis controlled by multi-dimensional touch gestures; this process provides a rich diversity of sonic potential whilst always maintaining remnants of the physical gestures used in performance. Effects and quadraphonic sound distribution enhance and relocate what is otherwise a simple monophonic sound source. Ferguson uses a self-made instrument that features an array of buttons and knobs wired to an iPhone, resulting in a surprisingly well-ordered assemblage that may nevertheless be liable to melt at any moment. Euclidean rhythms and sound-file granulation are at the foreground of Ferguson’s sound world but the audio samples chosen very much speak for themselves, beyond the performers attempt to manipulate them. Touch Designer is used for live visuals, with both performers sending MIDI messages from their mobile devices to a laptop running visuals. 

Performances in 2019: 

  • Ferguson and Brown, ‘Audio-Visual Interiors.’ Live solo performance (by Ferguson) of audiovisual work created with Andrew Brown. Electronic Music Concert, University of Derby (UK), November.
  • Ferguson and Brown, ‘Audio-Visual Interiors.’ Live solo performance (by Ferguson) of audiovisual work created with Andrew Brown. Glasgow Electronic and Audiovisual Music Festival (GLEAM), Glasgow University, October.
  • Ferguson and Brown, ‘Audio-Visual Interiors.’ Live duo performance of new audiovisual work with Andrew Brown. Australasian Computer Music Conference (ACMC), Monash University, Melbourne, July.
  • Ferguson and Brown, ‘Audio-Visual Interiors.’ Live duo performance of new audiovisual work with Andrew Brown. Music Technology Welcome Concert, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Brisbane, March.