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Lunchtime Talk

Fri 20 Sep 2019 14:00


Making Music Visible With Code

Studio Resident Charlie Williams joins us to discuss his latest project, 'The Sea Was Never Blue,' an hour of melodic, dynamic new piano music with bespoke algorithmically-generated live visuals.

Photo by Paul Samual White

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Charlie Williams (Larkhall) holds a handwritten score in front of his face.

Charlie Williams

Larkhall (Charlie Williams) is a composer/pianist and creative coder making live visuals that react in real time as he performs.

The Sea Was Never Blue pairs an hour of melodic, dynamic new piano music with bespoke algorithmically-generated live visual short films in which each note played on the piano triggers an event on-screen, responding in real time to the give-and-take of the live performance. To create these visualisations, studio resident, composer-pianist and software developer Charlie Williams (Larkhall) uses a modified acoustic piano that streams note-by-note data to his computer as he plays, allowing him to feed the music into algorithms he’s written that transform the musical data into a visual narrative. Each note played creates projected elements— from trees and birds, to abstract shapes and billowing smoke.
In this lunchtime talk Charlie will explain his creative and technical development process, and perform excerpts from The Sea Was Never Blue.The Sea Was Never Blue will be performed live by Charlie in Bristol's Millennium Square 27-28 September in a series of screenings supported by The Big Screen/ We the Curious, see here for more information.

This Lunchtime Talk is part of Open Studio Friday, which takes place at the Studio every week.

Do you want to find out what is going on at the Pervasive Media Studio? Are you interested in meeting our residents, talking about a specific project or curious about pervasive media? Why not pack a sandwich and join us for one of our Lunchtime Talks and Open Studio Friday. Lunchtime Talks are informal presentations by Studio residents and associates. They normally take place at 1pm on Friday, are free and open to everybody who’s interested in what we do. After the Talk, we also invite you to stay with us for the afternoon to continue the conversation or work on your own projects. We provide chairs, tables, wireless and a great space. You bring what you need to work with (laptop/mobile). Our open afternoons close at 5pm. Let us know if you’d like a tour of the space and we'll be happy to show you around just before the talk. Send an email to: studio@watershed.co.uk to book your place on a tour.


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