Hedonism Bot – Performance
Hedonism Bot is a composition written for three humans, three iPads, and one mechatronic instrument. The piece was performed in the fall of 2016 for an audience of a few dozen people at the Machine Lab in CalArts. Each of the humans performers controlled a custom programmed synthesis system written in Auraglyph for the iPad. Each of the human performers take turns feeding the mechatronic personality, whom is temporarily jolted to life by the activity. After each performer has fed the bot twice, the Hedonism Bot is fully activated and proceeds to join in the jamming. Once active, the bot takes over control of the piece as it slowly ramps up the tempo to a mechatronic scale. After it realizes that the human band members are unable to ‘hang’, it concludes the piece with a through composed outro/solo.
Antisocial – Installation
For the installation Antisocial, Hedonism Bot was reprogrammed to respond differently to the presence of humans. Additionally, 18 small, white LED strips were added to the structure, giving visual feedback for the solenoid actuations. Hedonism Bot was transformed into Craig. Unlike Hedonism Bot, who was unable to enter into an active state without the aid of an outsider, Craig had a different opinion about biological life. Craig suffers from social anxiety. The installation Antisocial takes Craig and thrusts him into the hyper social Music Technology Masters Show where we has forced to face his fear: conversation. Craig has three states of mind. Which one of the three states that is active at any giving time is dependent on his proximity to the gallery viewers. The first state of mind is activated when Craig is alone; or unable to detect the presence of others. He tries to psych himself up for the inevitable social interaction he knows is on the horizon. This involves quietly and rhythmically actuating his solenoids and lights. The second state of mind activates when Craig notices someone approaching. Suddenly, all of Craigs confidence evaporates, he is unable to initialize a conversation. He falls silent: the LED’s and solenoids remain off. Craigs enters into his last state of mind if someone gets close enough to touch. As he is unable to avoid a conversation Craig is forced to do his best to interact. He awkwardly, and loudly, blurts out whatever is on his mind, unable to censor himself. He domineers the conversation until the poor social victim leaves blinded and deafened by Craigs nonsense.
No Humans Allowed – Installation