Friday 3rd June – Day
FREE ENTRY – SOLD OUT
UAL/LCC Campus : University of the Arts London, SE1 6SB
SpliceJamm AV - Matt Black & Matt Sharp
>> PART 1 – AUDIO
Jamming with Ninja – Workshop by Matt Black
Duration: 3 hours
Introducing himself and his work with Coldcut and Ninja Tune- recognised as pioneers in the areas of sampling, DJing and audiovisual club art – Matt examines the evolution of these forms into today’s electronic music and art landscape. He will demonstrate the latest incarnation of Coldcut’s software ideas, the iOS remix app Ninja Jamm.
Participants are then invited to work with Matt to create a custom ‘Tunepack’, ie make a tune in the Ninja Jamm interactive music format, from their own materials which can be existing audio or fresh material recorded in the workshop e.g. workstation clip creation, or live ‘on the spot’ recordings of beat-boxing, percussion, singing.
The Tunepack will be made available as a download for the participants to jamm with, use, improve and distribute (on a share-alike basis) after the workshop.
Participants ideally need to bring some of the following:
– audio samples in wav or aiff format (we will use 140/70 bpm, in Key of C) on pen drive or other storage media
– laptop/other device with music software on
– musical instruments of any kind
– Wav/mp3 sound recorder e.g. smart phone, Zoom.
>> PART 2 – VISUAL
An Introduction to Projection Mapping with Resolume Arena by: Matt Sharp (MOREEYES)
Duration: 3 hours
Projection Mapping is a fast growing medium used in many different ways, from clubs, advertisements, theatre shows and concerts. This workshop will give you the chance to learn the basics, so you can start mapping objects and perform live. Resolume Arena is a live digital motion graphics program with advanced mapping capabilities. This session will get you started with this powerful tool.
Participants should bring (if you have them):
– laptop (macOS or Windows)
– minidisplay port to VGA/DVI/HDMI adapter – to output from your machine
– video projector
– digital video camera
– some cool objects to map onto, preferably white of light in colour and not shiny
Provided: Resolume Arena software and licenses will be supplied at the session (with limited expiry date).
>> PART 3 – FINAL PRESENTATION
The day will culminate with a live performance AV Jamm using the audio and visual materials created by the participants during the workshops.
Friday 3rd June – Day
Talks + Q&A, Presentations, Panel Discussion
Rich Mix : 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA
13.00 - 13.55 : Julien Vulliet
He is also an active contributor to the vvvv programming toolkit, providing new features, most notably DirectX11 rendering engine which has now been used in countless projects, from small artistic ones to high profile commercial events.
In his talk Julien will discuss various techniques and paradigms for visual content creation and graphics. He will provide some real time graphics examples and he will explain the challenges involved in the creation process and how they are solved in modern rendering pipelines.
14.00 - 14.25 : Mangosh Prunier
He will present his most recent work: An Interactive Procedural Creature!
Users speak into a microphone to change what the creature looks like, speech recognition commands the changes such as “rounder”, “angrier”,”more legs” will completely change the look of creature. It tracks your body with a Kinect and has basic AI. The creature evolves constantly over time as people give it instructions.
14.30 - 15.00 : Nuno Correia
He will be presenting AVUI, which is an openFrameworks add-on that enables the creation of user interfaces (UI) with integrated audio and visual feedback. Different UI elements are combined into a zone. Each zone has a sound and a correspondent visualisation, which respond to changes in the UI. Multiple sound effects can be used. UI elements can be routed to effect parameters and sound playback options, or outside of a zone. Currently there are 5 visualisations available (Wave, Bars, Circles, Lissajous, Matrix), but these can be easily expandable. It is based on the iPad app AVZones.
15.15 - 15.55 : Walkabout Projection
PrickImage will present this project alongside Dan Strutt PhD a Digital Image Theorist who consults on innovation in interaction concepts and potential creative effects and has collaborated with PRICKIMAGE on projects for Corey Baker Dance, Musion Eyeliner and Kinetica digital arts festival. He is currently working on projects with the Hackney Empire and Valletta European City of Culture 2018, as well as lecturing in Media at Goldsmiths, University of London.
16.00 - 16.55 : Audience Development : Panel Discussion
In this session moderated by head of audience development for AV Node, Rossana Di Lella who will be joined by Gianluca Del Gobbo founder of AV Node, they will explain how it all came together. They will then be joined for Q&A by the Arts Council England’s representative Lucy Sollitt and the directors of Splice Festival: Pete Thornton of Elasticeye, Addictive TV’s Graham Daniels and Francoise Lamy, The Light Surgeons’ Christopher Thomas Allen, plus the artist and technical producer Joe Catchpole.
17.00 - 18.00 : Zak Norman
His current output focuses on the intersection between science and spirituality, exploring what can be discerned from the points at which they meet. The method involves building complex computer systems to replicate natural processes; using these algorithms as a control mechanism for the audio and visual elements of the piece.
He has collaborated with several musicians, most notably with British artist Squarepusher, designing a generative visual environment, controlled live by audio and geo-locational data gathered from the co-ordinates of each performance.
For Splice Festival Zak will talk in detail about the collaborative process of stage design and how to find the balance between conceptual and emotional motivation in creative work.
Friday 3rd June – Night
19.00 - 19.45 : 4youreye - VJ set
4youreye is a partnership between Bernhard Busch & Eva Bischof. At Splice Festival they will VJ alongside Incognito Traveller.
The live visual performance group “4youreye” was set up in the early 1990s. The duo started their artistic journey in the Rave, Ambient and Club culture. Their track record of over 15 years includes countless performances in Austria, Europe and all around the international circuit from Malaysia to Russia, Japan, India and China
4youreye prefer to work live with real time FX, where music and visuals combine to create a unified experience where music becomes visual. The images used range from computer generated graphics, TV samples and specially shot footage.
19.00 - 19.45 : Incognito Traveller - Live Music
Enrico Gianfranchi created The Incognito Traveller in 2003 after a few years producing hip-hop beats for rap artists on the Vancouver underground scene. A traveller himself, his DJing took him from Canadian clubs to Europe and eventually to Mexico, where after releasing several EP’s with Discos Konfort Records, he met Mexican producer César Juárez-Joyner, the noted contemporary music composer who’s particular interest in cultural peculiarities and exchanges between the old and new world fitted perfectly with the Gianfranchi’s project.
In 2010 Discos Konfort commissioned Ravine, a full album from the duo, which allowed for a much more thorough study of the concept. And what followed after was many more years of travelling, recording and exploring how humanity changes internally, physically, spatially. And how those different aspects each affect one another. The resulting (and very timely) follow-up album, Movements of Migration, proposes a view of humans in their spiritual, urban and rural landscapes with no distinctions.
20.00 - 20.45 : Incite/ - Space-time fold
Very much part of the German AV scene, in recent years the duo founded the event Re:Fokus, a monthly meeting of AV artists and in 2015 they were selected as official artists for the German Pavillon at the Milan World Expo in Italy. Awards have included at the Qwartz Electronic Music Awards in France, the WRO Media Art Biennale in Poland and the Visual Music Awards in Germany, they’ve also sat on festival jurys themselves and regularly perform internationally, although rarely in the UK, so were very much high on the list of artists Splice Festival wanted to invite!
21.00 - 21.45 : Addictive TV - Live AV
Twice voted number one VJ in the World in DJ Mag, alongside the Top 100 DJ Poll, the magazine said “they’ve become famed for their eye-popping live shows, shredding and cutting film with beats into a heady, mind-meltingly funky mixture”. Remixing everything from Stevie Wonder to Star Trek, their work, described by US magazine XLR8R as ‘light years beyond the gallery realm of masters like Bill Viola”, is placed between creative homage and surprising re-appropriation and something that wouldn’t have been out of place during the DADA movement had they had the technology!
Addictive TV create their music by keeping the audio and video samples together, so audiences get to see more than a DJ, more than graphics or visuals; they get to experience music in a genuinely unique way! The duo have now performed in more than 50 countries, appearing everywhere from Glastonbury Festival and the Pompidou Centre in Paris to the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Shanghai and even Cairo during Egypt’s revolution! Hollywood studios including Paramount, Universal and 20th Century Fox have all used their movie remixing talents to create alternative trailers for films including Iron Man, Fast & Furious and Danny Boyle’s Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire.
Addictive TV’s Graham Daniels and mash-up guru Mark Vidler (aka Go Home Productions) have a shared passion for film and music and their parallel journeys through VJ and mash-up DJ cultures, have brought them to where they are now; performing and making music their own way, audiovisually!
22.00 - 23.00 : Cassetteboy - Live AV
The British duo formed in the mid-1990s as a hobby, making mixtapes for friends where they added humorous material between music. This ultimately took up so much time that they moved over to comedy full-time. For the uninitiated, their work is constructed from numerous audio and video snippets taken from television, radio, film and popular music, with their musical approach being that of beats ‘n’ plunderphonics. Ever humorous, their 2008 release Carry On Breathing, was a concept album that told “the story of human life through the medium of Eastenders samples”!
The pair have achieved massive notoriety with their Youtube channel with videos cut-ups and remixes of politicians and figures of popular culture – most notably Alan Sugar with their viral hit “The Bloody Apprentice” and more recently Prime Minister David Cameron in “Gettin’ Piggy With It”. Not to be missed!
23.15 - 00.00 : Sculpture - Live AV
Their performances are an amalgam of electronic music, kinetic art, comic strips, abstract animation, audiovisual cut-ups – a mix of analog and digital practices – tape manipulation, samples, found sounds, aleatoric and algorithmic programming and live improvisation. Dan plays media devices and electronic instruments. Reuben plays video zoetrope turntable.
00.05 - 00.50 : blinkinLAB - Synthetic Synaesthetic Aesthetic
blinkinLAB have performed live audiovisual sets consisting entirely of their own music and animation at a number of live cinema events including the London Short Film Festival at Electrovision, Dark Fibre at the BFI and the Live Cinema Foundation event in London. As filmmakers blinkinLAB’s animated audiovisual works have been screened internationally at numerous cutting edge film festivals including onedotzero and both Optronica festivals at the BFI.
blinkinLAB will present an AV performance of entirely self generated music and visuals. The visual aspect of the performance is an exploration of deconstructed brutalist architectural forms. The music has been created using analog synths and drum machines and these will be played and sequenced live.
Saturday 4th June – Day
FREE ENTRY – SOLD OUT
I’Klectik Art Lab : 20 Carlisle Lane, London, SE1 7LG
Use Your Face as an Interface - Popesz Csaba Láng
If machines can control our faces, let’s control the machine with our face!
Using the visual programming language Pure Data (Pd) to create multimedia works – you will be familiarised with graphical programming and learn how to control video playback with the movement of your face.
Participants will need to bring their own laptop (Linux, MacOS or Windows), with a webcam and the software pre-installed:
FREE ENTRY – SOLD OUT
I’Klectik Art Lab : 20 Carlisle Lane, London, SE1 7LG
Beginners Guide to AV - Leon Trimble
Connecting software and hardware to make and perform music and video can be a complicated business. This workshop will take the trial and error out of the process.
We will use protocols including MIDI and OSC to communicate between applications. At the end of the session you will have the foundations of an AV show which you can build upon and develop into a performance.
Participants will need to bring their own laptop (Linux, MacOS or Windows) with the trial versions of some software pre-installed: VDMX, Resolume, Puredata, Ableton Live and Traktor will all be used in this workshop.
Participants should also bring some content, please download a few freebie video loop packs if you don’t have some already, the same goes for Audio. There are plenty of places to find media: archive.org is a good place to start.
19.15 - 19.45 : Fonosträbico - Itinerarios
Ernesto Sarasa (Zaragoza-Spain 1969). His work includes illustration, graphic design, animation, film and sound art. He studied “Creative Illustration and Visual Communication Techniques” at University School of Design and Art of Barcelona. Since 2010 he has developed a live cinema and sound art project called Fonosträbico.
19.45 - 19.55 : Mark Pilkington - Moiré
For Splice festival he will be screening Moiré which is a fixed audio-visual composition that investigates perceptual correspondences between sound and image. The concept is based on encounters and exchanges between fictional characters within a milieu of audio-visual interference. Digital transformations portray memories, thoughts and feelings of social meaning projected in an audio-visual framework. Creating a living dynamic field that demonstrates how social information is captured and inverted in a continuum of self-expression.
20.00 - 20.45 : D-Fuse - Latitude 31°10N/121°28E
D-Fuse’s live cinema performance Latitude [31°10N/121°28E] is inspired by the notion of drifting through the city – a journey through the land and soundscapes of China, following the emotive and sublime qualities of spaces that surround us. As a survey of the city as unstable terrain, Latitude combines fragments of conversations, crowds, journeys, lights, deserted space and architectural forms, tracing a multitude of paths, identities and experiences in the urban realm. The music for this performance has been composed by D-Fuse’s musical director Matthias Kispert, making extensive use of real-world urban sounds and electromagnetic interference from technology in public space, recorded at the locations visited.
During a 3 month research period in China, D-Fuse explored the rapidly changing urban environments of Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing together with local artists. These journeys have been documented utilising a wide range of audio and visual techniques, and the materials drawn from this form the basis for this performance.
20.45 - 21.30 : Liam Roberts - Unwaves
He will present a Live AV performance experimenting with analogue and digital video glitches and feedback. A showcase of his live VJ work, utilising various methods to generate imagery, including live drawing and glitch work. The audio will be semi improvised and will have a direct relation to how the image is manipulated, using live layered guitars and drum machines. Expected unpredictable glitches, movement and colour.
21.30 - 22.20 : The Light Surgeons - SuperEverything*
SuperEverything* explores the relationship between identity, ritual and place through a kaleidoscopic journey across the cultural landscape of Malaysia. Using a combination of documentary footage, live audio visual samples and an original music scope that combines traditional South East Asian instruments, modern electronics and contemporary classical influences. It weaves together a diverse group of Malaysian voices to explore a collection of universal themes, creating a poetic audio visual tapestry that challenges us to contemplate our shared human story and to ask ourselves a timeless question about who we are as individuals and as a society.
SuperEverything* is The Light Surgeons 4th major live cinema performance piece and was originally commissioned by the British Council in 2011, since then the show has toured extensively both nationally and internationally, featuring live string players from The Heritage Orchestra, Malaysian percussion troop Hands Percussion, Rhythm In Bronzes Gamelan group and award winning multi instrumentalist Ng Chor Guan who will be part of this special performance for Splice Festival.
22.30 - 23.15 : Bunq & Eb - Temps Réels
Stéphane Bissières is composer and performer of electronic music. His works are influenced by the application of mathematical patterns to artistic processes, he develops digital art performances and unique installations featuring creating devices in interaction with the public.
Etienne Bernardot (eb) is video artist. He works on the relationship between real and digital tools in creating a network of interaction between music, video, light and the body.
23.15 - 00.00 : DJ Cheeba - AV Showcase
Since joining the legendary Solid Steel radio show as a resident, Cheeba has created a variety of celebrated projects including video DJ mixes, movie re-scores, commercials and documentaries. Several of his eclectic video mixes have gone viral, topping the iTunes download charts and in 2015 Cheeba toured several different shows, including his cinemix projects After School Special and the Plan 9 From Outer Space turntable re-scoring to the hard hitting club show Return To The Boom Bap and his magnum opus Double Vision using multiple turntables!
Splicing and dicing iconic music videos and obscure youtube gems on his decks and midi pads Cheeba is more than just a DJ, he’s an AV artist who pushes technology and blows minds with his cut and paste style of turntablism. Watch and listen (and move!) as he takes the audience on a fast paced trip through assorted styles made to make you dance, think and smile!
00.00 - 02.00 : Plaid - DJ Set
Prolific electronic artists, DJs, film score composers and producers of recording artists including Björk, Mara Carlyle and Nicolette, British duo Plaid are one of the most respected electronic artists of their generation.
The school friends Andy Turner and Ed Handley have been producing music together since 1989, when they founded The Black Dog with Ken Downie, with their first album as Plaid, Mbuki Mvuki, being released on their own Black Dog Productions label in 1991 – which led directly to them signing with Warp Records. They’ve since released six albums, often collaborating with acoustic musicians.
Their passion for working with others has enabled them to embrace diverse musical, visual and technological influences, developing shows with the likes of The London Sinfonietta, renowned academics from The Sonic Arts Research Centre in Belfast and most notably, with software production, being featured artist for Apple’s Logic Studio software.
Plaid’s interest in live audio visual performance, led to them working with the visual artist Bob Jaroc with their surround-sound DVD release Greedy Baby, which had its World Premiere at London’s IMAX cinema. They’ve also collaborated on videos with directors including Chris Turner for the English National Ballet, Parisian collective PLEIX on a piece for Creative Review and Evan Boehm for The Creators Project. The duo also composed the soundtracks for Michael Arias’ feature films, Heaven’s Door and Tekkonkinkreet which was awarded the Japanese Academy Prize in 2006 for Best Animated picture (fact: it was also the first anime film ever directed by a non-Japanese director!).
00.00 - 01.00 : Pavel Karafiát - VJ Set
For Splice Festival, His project LANDSCAPE presents a real-time artificial world, a digital terrain created by code, mixing together several complex geometries, procedural objects and shapes which emerge during the creative process. The dream-like terrains you see are imaginative and ambient geometric abstractions where non-photorealistic renderings enhance the whole project’s unique aesthetic. LANDSCAPE is coded in VVVV using DX11.
Pavel’s work has been exhibited internationally, including at Brazil’s digital arts festival File in São Paulo, Patchlab in Poland and Enter in the Czech Republic. He’s also part of the Lunchmeat audiovisual label in Prague and regularly collaborates with other artists, including Spanish visual artist Bego Santiago and Czech choreographer and dancer Tereza Kerle.
01.00 - 02.00 : about:blank™ - VJ Set
This Brussels-based binomial explores the limits of glitch aesthetics, deconstructed typography and fractalizing landscapes through the use of animation overlays and distorted digital textures.
Recent collaborations include: Noisia, Venetian Snares, Valance Drakes, Roel Funcken, DJ Caviar
Sunday 5th June
FREE ENTRY – SOLD OUT
I’Klectik Art Lab : 20 Carlisle Lane, London, SE1 7LG
Visualizing Vibrations Sculpture - Zach Walker
Zach Walker will explain and showcase his Visualizing Vibrations Sculpture, which was originally commissioned by Guerilla Science through their work with the Mathematical Science Research Institute in Berkeley, California. The VVS is an interactive audio-visual sculpture that visualizes sound and was created to engage the public with maths, science and art at festivals, museums and exhibitions worldwide. It is in fact a very simple analogue creation using water, a speaker, a video camera and a light. Workshop participants will see what sound looks like and play with non-newtonian fluid (corn starch and water!) which – in cymatics fashion – comes to life on the surface of the speaker!
15.00 - 18.00 : Mixmaster Morris - DJ Set
Described by the legendry John Peel as “my natural successor”, Mixmaster Morris is one of the most respected DJs ever, full stop. Many of the most influential and significant acts that have shaped electronic music over the past 30 years have Mixmaster Morris to thank for playing a significant role in their early careers. He has consistently championed artists who have gone on to achieve greatness, long before anyone else had heard of them.
His musical career began at 15 years old with The Ripchords way back in the 1970s. He went on to become The Shamen’s tour DJ, write for The NME, record for labels such as Ninja Tune, Rising High, and Positiva. He was part of the team that was Kiss FM when it was still a pirate station. Morris has produced remixes for The Shamen, Lloyd Cole, Higher Intelligence Agency, INXS and Sven Vath and many more and his remix of Autumn Leaves for Coldcut has become an all time classic. His albums Flying High and Global Chillage are the definitive chillout albums, much treasured by his many thousands of followers worldwide, especially in his beloved Japan where he is held in very high esteem by fans of all ages.
He was instrumental in founding The Big Chill festival and still has a residency at The Big Chill Bar, home to his Nubient sessions for ten years. Although known as “The Godfather of Chillout” his repertoire is very wide ranging and eclectic. He expertly tailors the mix to the event, venue and audience which is reflected by the fact he consistently tops several Mixcloud charts, regularly featuring in the over all ‘Trending’ top 10, with every mix he publishes!
He’s currently working on an eagerly awaited new album, the first in over a decade. It would take three books and a film to even begin to scratch the surface of Mixmaster Morris! He’s a phenomenon, a legend himself and an Irresistible Force!
15.00 - 18.00 : Brendan Clarke, Joe Catchpole and Pete ElasticEye - VJ Set
Insight Lighting are lighting and projection designers, primarily known for high end performances. They research and develop technically challenging installations working with brands, bands, artists, and promoters. They create and manage content, design and perform shows with the aim of making an unforgettable event.
Joe Catchpole has been a specialist in video production for live performance since 1999. He works as a Community Organiser, Visual Director, Technical Producer, Projection Mapper and Quartz Composer programmer.
Pete Elasticeye is a VJ based in London, who creates and performs customised live sets for individual artists, record labels, club promoters and festivals.
18.00 - 18.30 : Merkaba Macabre - Decomposition #3
Decomposition #3 is an 18 minute ever-evolving, audio-visual performance for one 16mm projector with optical sound & live modular soundtrack. The colour negative used has ndergone a series of organic and chemical decomposing techniques. While projected, the sound output of the disrupted film emulsion is sent into a modular synthesizer converting the film print’s images into controlled voltage in which the parameters are played live. Each live show is a recycled version of itself where the film print goes through the same decomposing process and reprinted so no show is ever the same.
18.40 - 19.00 : Overlap - Aquatint
imagery that has a musical or painterly logic rather than a narrative based or conceptual one. A visual take on serialism: wallpaper with conceits.
Aquatint is a bespoke mix of Overlap’s award winning transitional landscapes: a mesmeric dance of shapes, lights and abstract imagery on the cusp of the recognizable, reflecting the emotional response we experience in powerful natural environments: atmospheric, sensory and textual, delivered through a systematic patterning within a void augmented by their melodic minimalist music. A plastic view of nature.
19.15 - 20.00 : Magnetic Foragers - Secret Islands
They’ve appeared at a number of events around the UK, particularly in London, Manchester and the Isle of Wight, most notably at In the Woods Festival and the Ventnor Fringe. Following their debut visual album Field Studies and their 2014 EP Sono, Secret Islands is their third major project and what they’ll present at Splice.
As the world increasingly expects us to be constantly ‘connected’ we all find ourselves spending most of our existence in enforced collectivism; social networking is becoming a state of mind rather than a set of tools. To escape the constant noise, we all need places that offer solitude and the chance to experience the physical world again. In Secret Islands, Allard and Brown present the results of documenting two such natural locations as an improvised audiovisual performance combining video projection and experimental music with physical objects sampled live using microphones and live video.
20.15 - 21.00 : Studio Aszyk - Masks of Light
He’s is known for his hyperactive mix of bold shapes, colours and patterns; all extremely intricate and evolving, giving the viewer an insane amount of visual detail to feast upon. And Aszyk’s seemingly bottomless clip library is ever expanding and has been built to allow a huge amount of live customisation. With his Masks of Light project, he’ll take the audience through a series of abstract landscapes, changing the mood along with the music. Throughout the set, intricate, pattern-like creatures will appear in time with the music, pulsing and evolving in an hypnotic way. The result is something dazzling – both visually and audibly – a set that demands attention through it’s boldness. Oh and look out for the Bird Mask we’re told!