22. February, wednesday; 8 PM
workshop-concert: Ko kon nashi
- audiovisual workshop-concert for shakuhachi, live electronics and live video

composed and performed by:
Michael McINERNEY [GB] - shakuhachi
Zlatko BARACSKAI [H, BiH]; Duncan CHAPMAN [GB]; Stewart COLLINSON [GB]; Balázs HORVÁTH [H]; Szabolcs KERESTEŠ [H, HR]; Johannes KRETZ [A]; Barbara STERK [H]; Andrea SZIGETVÁRI [H] - video, live electronics

Audio-Visual Project
This work is a result of a workshop formed by artists from Great Britain, Austria and Hungary. The aim of this project was to create a transition between an ancient tradition – the shakuhachi playing techniques and the attitude towards life which it characterizes, – and modern technology. Shakuhachi is a traditional Japanese wind instrument considered to be able to recall the whole scale of the nature. Its simple construction allows extremely complex soundings. The capacity of the shakuhachi is huge, not only as a musical instrument due to its variety of colors and special sounds, but, more so as a link or bridge between the essential nature of human beings and the essential nature of the cosmos.

This instrument was favored by swelling numbers of uprooted samurai warriors (ronin) who joined the ranks of itinerant preachers known as komuso ("Priests of Emptiness and Nothingness"). The komuso wore large baskets over their heads to symbolize their detachment from the world. Legend has it that these komuso, forbidden to carry their revered swords, redesigned the shakuhachi from the root of the bamboo making it longer and stouter for use as a club as well as an instrument for spiritual attainment. Mendicant Zen monks who wandered the countryside played the shakuhachi during their pilgrimages, wishing to be delivered from earthly desires.

The performance combines the live shakuhachi performance and the real time computer processing. The control of the image and the sound, converting images into sounds and sounds into images were the challenge that the composers and video artists realized from different artistic and technical aspects.

23. February, thursday; 8 PM
Pamela Z: Voci
- a solo multimedia performance

performed by:
Pamela Z [USA] - voice and live electronics

Well-known figure on the international contemporary music circuit, Pamela Z is a San Francisco-based composer/performer and audio artist who works primarily with voice, live electronic processing, and sampling technology. Voci (Voices) is a full-evening, multimedia performance work exploring the sonic, cultural, physical, and artistic worlds of the voice. Written, composed, and performed by Pamela Z, Voci consists of layered, dynamically varied segments incorporating live electro acoustic vocal work with real-time digital processing, vocal samples (triggered with light and gesture controllers), and video (projected and on monitors). The stage is alive with unexpected visual and auditory transformations, and from time to time, Z performs "virtual duets" with some surprise guests who appear in the form of video samples.

These segments approach voice as anatomy, as character, as identifier, and communicator. Weaving together stories about voice with arias, non-verbal utterances, cries and whispers, choruses of "real" and synthetic voices, and fragments of scientific information, Pamela Z builds a kind of polyphonic mono-opera.

23. February, thursday; 9.30 PM
Jasch: Codespace
- audiovisual performance

composed, programmed and performed by:
Jasch [CH] - live electronics

"Codespace" integrates realtime drawing and motion-images with electronic sounds that evoke an abstract place where organical and crystalline shapes pulsate and flow. generative (rule-based) processes or algorithms and realtime action by the artist are applied to basic shapes which in conjuction with finely graded colours comprise a rich palette of textures and shapes.

Empty dark space is inhabited by fast moving abstract shapes, structures with an architectural quality develop over extended periods of time. the piece evolves from dark and minimalist atmospheres to abstract densities, like a digital painting performed before the the viewer’s eyes. memory of the images accumulates, obtaining qualities like a painting or etching. reduction and concentration of elements helps to maintain the crucial focus, build the tension and give insights into the enigmatic and invisible world built of code. the lines of flight lead to explorations on shape and colour, choreographic movements and subaquatic flows, plays of lights and surfaces. Coming from a background of improvised music and composed contemporary soundscapes, jasch applies processes to images in much the same way as he does with music. texturing and layering, temporal evolving structures and brief flashes of light play an important role in this abstract visual flow which oscillates and vibrates with a certain musical quality. the interplay between autonomous processes, algorithms and real-time gestural interaction through physical interfaces affects the composition of the pieces deeply. no element is completely prepared or preproduced. the resulting images are surprising, sensuous, sometimes erratic, always with an edge to them.

24. February, friday; 8 PM
Mari KIMURA & LEMUR (Legue of Electronic Musical Urban Robots)

J. Brendan ADAMSON: Four Studies for GuitarBot
Robert ROWE: Interactive Piece
Mari KIMURA: Polytopia for violin and electronics and interactive graphics
Mari KIMURA: GuitarBotana for violin and GuitarBot
Frances WHITE: The Old Rose Reader for violin and electronics with projection
Conlon NANCARROW: Toccata for violin and electronics

performed by:
Mari KIMURA [J, USA] - violin, GuitarBot, live electronics
Eric SINGER [USA] - live electronics

Mari Kimura

24. February, friday; 9.30 PM
Eavesdropper & Visual Kitchen
- a live audio visual concert

composed, programmed and performed by:
Eavesdropper [B] - live electronics, audio
Visual Kitchen [B] - live electronics, video

After a long rehearsal period playing quite a few concerts together, Eavesdropper and Visual Kitchen finally developed their close cooperated live AVshow. The linked quadruple laptop set immerges the spectator to take them on a trip through our world of grains and pixels. The performance presents a dual screen projection where two identical features interact and synchronise two apparences of the same world. The performance is a sensorial game of cause and effect that puts the spectator on the wrong foot and back in sync again with the surroundings.


25. Februar, saturday; 8 PM
Audible Light
- multimedia performance for dance, laser beams and live electronics

performed by:
Andrea LADÁNYI [H], Csaba HORVÁTH [H] - dance, choreography

compositions by:
Zlatko BARACSKAI [H, BiH]; Balázs HORVÁTH [H]; Gyula PINTÉR [H]; László SÁRY [H]; Andrea SZIGETVÁRI [H] László VIDOVSZKY [H]
programming: Szabolcs KERESTEŠ [H, HR]
laser technology: Muiltimedia Studio - Laser Theater
light instruments: János WIESER [H], Attila KALCSÚ [H]

idea: András KAPITÁNY [H], Zoltán PROSEK [H]

Hallható fény
"Audible Light" is a co-production of Multimedia Studio of the Planetarium Lasertheatre, the Central Europe Dance Theatre and Hungarian composers. The production is based on laser-beams projected into space, which react to interruption by sending signals controlling the audio, whereby a unity of image, gesture and music can be created. The laser-beam instrument is played by dancers sounding that way the music created by the composers. It is possible to bring into life unnumbered interpretations of the multimedia space. The concert has been preceded by a workhsop where the artists of different genres have worked out together the different versions, the final pieces.

25. February, saturday; 9.30 PM
S.S.S. - Sensors_Sonics_Sights
- multimedia performance

composed and performed by:
Cècile BABIOLE [F], Laurent DAILLEAU [F], Atau TANAKA [J, USA, F] - live electronics

Cècile Babiole, Laurent Dailleau, and Atau Tanaka create together a dynamic sound/image environment. S.S.S is a trio performing visual music with sensors and gestures. They create a work of sound and sight, a laptop performance that goes beyond with the intensity of bodies in movement. Going beyond media: music that is more than a soundtrack, images going further than video wallpaper. A three-way conversation modulating sonic and luminous pulse and flow.

Sensors capture gesture and corporeal movement, translating them into digital data:
- Ultrasound sensors measure the distance between the performer’s hands and her machine, allowing her to articulate 3D imagery, navigating in color, scale, texture...
- The Theremin, historical electronic instrument invented in 1919, an oscillator responds to perturbations of electrostatic fields based on the distance of the hands and body to the instrument...
- The BioMuse places gel electrodes on the performer’s forearms, analyzing EMG biosignals. Muscle tension through concentrated movement allows the musician to sculpt sound synthesis.

26. February, sunday; 6 PM
- audiovisual concert on a local network using quintet.net software

programmed and conducted by:

composed and performed by:
Kai NIGGEMANN [GER], Marlon SCHUMACHER [GER], Johannes KRETZ [A], Andrea SZIGETVÁRI [H], Ivana OGNJANOVIĆ [SER] - live electronics

quintet.net project website

Quintet.net is an interactive network performance environment invented and developed by composer and computer musician Georg HAJDU [GER]. It enables up to five performers to play music over the Internet under the control of a "conductor". The environment, has been programmed with the graphical programming language Max/MSP/Jitter.

The players interact over the Internet by sending musical (control) streams to the server either using a pitch-tracker for acoustic instruments or MIDI for electronic instruments. A conductor can log onto the server and control the musical outcome by changing settings remotely and sending streams of parameter values as well as short text commands to the players. Quintet.net has additional video and graphical properties, which allows the realization of full-fledged multimedia pieces. Quintet.net, a program made by Georg Hajdu, composer/computer musician, allows to 5 musicians at any point of the world to play together through the internet. Performers send actuating data’s to the server which is sent back - to players and listeners adjoined by internet -after mixing and transforming. The quintet.net can control image processing, such as performance of multi-media pieces.

26. February, sunday; 9 PM
Closing Concert
of the Workshops of the festival