Spontaneous Virtual Reality Theater
I'm interested in finding ways to open ears, and the latest experiment
is a computer-generated puppet show controlled by the movements of the musicians.
Listeners are sometimes more receptive to unusual music when it is presented
as a soundtrack to accompany a narrative. In this case, the narrative will
accompany the music.
Computer generated puppets will be prompted in their actions by the movements
of the musicians who will be wearing a variety of sensors. Some of the puppets
will be skeletons based on the Mexican Day of the Dead, some will be loathsome
figures in Congress, and so on. While the musicians pull the puppets' virtual
strings, the puppets are not entirely passive. When they are brought into
contact with one another on the virtual stage, they might spontaneously
engage in dance, battle, or copulation. A different narrative will emerge
with each performance.
Twoface, with his rear face, Pig Newton, showing.
Twoface puppet by
Mr. and Mrs. FiFi puppets, above, by Ann lasko.
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