[NIGHT OUT]- documentation

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reasons why i would go out, respectively, to clubs are:
1-work (djing or vjing)
2-enjoy particular artists

in most of the cases i will encounter rather depressing emotions while being in the crowd i don’t particularly dig and appreciate. my music experience while delivering or consuming is likely to be influenced by people around. in worst cases i would find myself squashing through flock of ugly face drunkards or hype drug-makes-my-titts-roll-off party people//i detest when i come to the feeling of being in one cubicle full of lousy meats.
sure, there are also good experiences, mainly, because of great music delivery or sharing dance spot with same-vibed individuals. rarely its been that i have enjoyed people around me. even though surrounded by closest friends an extreme off-party condition or substance affectedness makes everyone turn into some type of unpleasant person. exhaustion/noise/crowdedness/hectic lightning/annoying behaviour of other people are the key elements which would affect my mood of the night out..

**my installation reflects an instant effect of noise on still image. the image represents an individual (me, or you, or anyone else) and sound represents the usual surrounding noise (recorded at night out party). the reason why i say-“n o i s e” is that usually people would be exposed to many surrounding sounds at the club which necessarily would be volumed out by loud banging music. maybe somehow we switch off unwanted noises for a moment to enjoy the music or ,maybe, body struggles to ignore already a sound pollution in head by trying to filter most important information at time. if i defocus from music and merge into more wast sound scape i would find myself drifting in sea of noise. i want to use this source recording to show how sound affects the still image aka blank individual aka face aka me or you.
i like to use a computer application to run this process of sound and image interaction in order to exclude any subjective influence i might cause on the output piece.  i am happy with this thought because each person is different and one might disagree with me in having just black experiences. by remaining loyal to my personal experience i can produce a piece which generalizes my concept and makes it more open to any kind of interpretation. i will basically work with unpretentious image and random recording from a night out. the sound will be main manipulator of image output and resulting piece will mark just an abstraction of my idea. it will be neither positive nor negative. this piece will result in synthetic computer calculated maths. for making of this piece i will use Max/MSP Jitter and will create a patch which will take care of the process.
here is my first sketch of the idea in form of installation. to be fair i had no idea if that would be any way possible to make it work, but blindly trusting in possibilities in Max/MSP (plus looking at some works made in this application and finally having an opportunity to have my hands on this long time worshipped thing without knowing what it can do) i decided to dare and give myself a tough try to materialize it.


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i will be using a laptop which will run Max/MSP Jitter. then i will have a projector attached to it. projection will be streamed on printed image-same image i will use within my application. i could have projected on blank wall but my idea was to project on still image the real-time happenings of same image triggered by sound. it is like //analog meets digital\\ fused in one plane. also, i think, the double projection will give some sort of depth to the image.

being sorted on idea i started to look into things i will need to make it a real life installation. firstly, i did pick the image i will work with. and the image is a photo of Heather (my housemate) i made using my japanese slr 35mm film camera . reasons why i chose this source are: 1)it’s been made by me very recently; 2)the portrait looks very nice–the light and monochrome , plus, the “look of film”, not digitally generated imagery; 3)she looks festive and about to go out.
i did blast two films, one black and white and another colour. i used very basic light source ,which was, a table lamp. i managed to capture nice shots just by hanging out in my scarcely lit room and gunning my asda’s table lamp at Heather while dealing with camera in other hand// here are some of them shots::






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i made my decision on the first image. next step was to move on to Max/MSP and look into any help files/tutorials which can help me to construct my project. it has been very time-consuming to find my first steps in max but definitely, productive. i have read lots of documentation and help files, also i have done couple of tutorials to help me understand better how Max works. seeing that it might take me couple of months to go through all tutorials i picked the ones essentially related to my project. and the main tutorial i was researching on was on Jitter: Audio as a Control Source. the tutorial showed me how to track the amplitude of an audio signal and how to use the tracked amplitude to detect discreet events in the sound, and how to apply that information to trigger images and control video effects.
after understanding the process i had to change and alter already given patch in tutorial by replacing audio source with my own sound file and removing unnecessarily parts of the patch. i ended up with nicely running patch which detected the sound’s maximum amplitude. this patch converts a linear amplitude to amplitude in decibels and calculates values used to control data in next step, which is: image manipulation.
after successful dealing with sound processing i started to look into further development importing a still image and applying data taken from peak amplitude readings onto it . by looking through many tutorials and forums i came to realization that importing a mov file would be easier and that would definitely do the job. i am sure i can somehow import still image, too, but because most of the tutorials dealt with video processing and i didn’t see any obstacle creating a movie file from same still image. in order to project my patch with output device such as projector i had to look into another patch tutorial. that was most complicated and less altered one. i did fuse 3 different patches together, modulated for my needs as well as added new elements to make my patch reaching my targets. at the very end it looks like this::

Max gives endless possibilities of creating amazing things and it requires skills of logic and programming approach in order to avoid creating gimmicks or silly things. when rewriting patch by myself i tried to understand each step of little objects interlinked in particular order and what command did they perform. it also helped me to encounter mistakes i made by interlinking objects in wrong way or some syntax errors which caused failure in running. every little thing has its own task and i am a master to build this complex object infrastructure webbed with patch cords. it is not so much about complexity as function when idea meets realization and its been executed in beautiful, smart, untech but heavy-math-stylee.
i did quite a lot of experimentation involving different effects applied to my image. it took me couple of sideways off main patch in order to understand the system behind jit.op object. i implemented some new elements as umenu tool which helped me to choose from different effects. it speeded up way around my patch and i will need it as a key element for my presentation.
here are some screenshots of different effect values applied to animated image::

this last effect is one of my favorite ones because of the amazing contrast between black background (which is not output value with projectors, though)and bright colors. to have a better understanding of how this patch works here is the captured footage of a video output. i did use A4 printout, sticked it to the wall and projected Max patch as a full screen projection of my desktop on top of it. my idea to use an actual photograph as projection screen proved right. it wouldn’t make any sense when projected on blank wall whilst real image gives this strange feeling of depth as well as outlines the essential image. i like the idea of having two planes layered-one analog-an actual image layered on top with digital realm- a projection – still same image but altered on fly with sound signal. dig the lights::neon mamba>>


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(i did use different sound source in this video as it was just a testing. in my real project and presentation i am using a live recording from night out which i did capture myself.)

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i found it very inspiring working with Max/MSP Jitter and i am totally up for becoming more knowledgeable and skillful within this platform. i see lot of great projects with possibilities to be realized in Max and i want to push myself to learn this application as good as i can.

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One Response to “[NIGHT OUT]- documentation”

  1. tikul Says:

    in deeeed* max [+msp/+jitter pet] is a proactive wonder // it is not that difficult as it seems to be… everything is explained so clearly .. and millions of tuts are there to find so easily…
    he can do anything for you if you will understand him* so romantic 🙂 heheee
    … i can feel the flow*** this is true love// lets modify and build some jitter lego*
    mathematics for non mathematicians
    lotz of people hate him cause he is sometimes fussy and capricious… 😉
    but they cannot help themselves to use it again and again… and learn more..
    to use him well probably have to be tolerant and simply love him*
    I found visual programing so exciting and thrilling//
    good luck with installazione*

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