Collider at TINY/MASSIVE

Nordic Audiovisual Artists presented Tiny/Massive. A series of architectural interventions where monumental structures were transformed into a creative canvas of light in February 2019. For the very first edition they released an open call, inviting artists to create unique video and interactive content for Harpa in Reykjavik.

Collider, a sound and light collaboration by Yael Braha and myself, was shown everyday of the festival from the 7th to the 10th of February.

Project Description:

A collision of nature sounds + man-made scapes.

Visuals: Yael Braha 
Sound: Cassidy Lerman
Additional Sound: contributors clt008 and tim.kahn

Yael Braha
With a background in graphic design, filmmaking, animation, fabrication and electronics, Yael works on interactive, immersive and interdisciplinary art projects. Originally from Rome, Italy, Yael earned a BA in Graphic Design and an MFA in Cinema, and currently lives in Montreal.

Iannis Xenakis International Electronic Music Competition

Stadium of Gold

The above composition was composed solely by midi produced from a max msp patch. The patch, created and made available by Tom Cosm allows the user to upload any image into the patch which will then “write” midi notes until the image is depicted, (see image 1)  within the Ableton live project. As a Montreal native, I was inspired by the shape of the Olympic Stadium which I thought had a very “Xenakis” style (see image 2) and the golden ratio, a no brainer for this piece. I stretched the image of the Olympic Stadium image to fit exactly the Golden Ratio and used this to obtain the midi used in this piece (see image 3). Once I had the midi stretched to approximately 7 minutes I started running different types of samples, instruments, pads and effect through the midi notes. I gathered approximately 25 different wav files and then narrowed down to my favorites which made the final composition, 9 clips in total. The most challenging part of the piece came in the last step which was to make the clips work together harmoniously. This was accomplished by playing the clips over and over again until I could “perform them” live by adjusting track volumes, EQ’s and other audio effects. This recording is the result of one of these performances.