Fakeproject at the Fargo Theatre, 2003, and where it’s taken me.

Shaun Fort and I played a show at the 2003 Fargo Winter Carnivale, held in the Fargo Theatre. I recently had the pleasure of revisiting the show with Shaun (though we’ve maintained occasional contact, we’ve also more or less gone our separate ways). Of all the things I think stand out about that show (risky live electronic music performance, hand-built hardware, and a standing ovation to our public war protest) the one that I’m now the most fond of was our integration of state surveillance footage.

In the days preceding the show, we collected video from ND and MN interstate traffic camera systems. The end result was a pan-state time lapse view leading right up to the show, and the closest we could come to realtime monitoring using the state surveillance apparatus. This approach — infusing data local to the performance venue — has become central to my approach, from last summer’s “attack” on the Plains Art Museum to the scale-accurate photogrammetry-derived 3D model of downtown Fargo I produced for my recent show at Dempseys. Note: that’s a test render…

Andy Filer took some beautiful photos of the Carnivale, this one in particular inspired this post.

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4 Responses to Fakeproject at the Fargo Theatre, 2003, and where it’s taken me.

  1. Nikhil says:

    This is a random post:
    I’ve recently come across the ‘you are not dead’ album, and like it a lot.

    I’ve also been thinking about the idea of having video playing with live performances, would you be kind enough to share a video of the performance (if there was one) or the video itself?

  2. danreetz says:

    Hi there Nikhil,

    Thanks for checking out You Are Not Dead! I’m really glad you enjoyed it.

    I do have a video of that performance, and a few others, but they’re on DV tapes in a fire safe. I won’t have the time to put them online for a few months due to my graduate studies.

    Keep watching this space. They’ll make it online eventually.

  3. Nikhil says:

    Heh, funny I found this post while looking for help with playing live music along with video.

    I’ve been listening to FPCoA more and more, it doesn’t get old fast. Thanks again for the great music, and the free download.

  4. danreetz says:

    You’ve probably seen/found them already, but createdigitalmotion and createdigitalmusic dot com have a lot of nice reviews of AV software for live performance. I think they’ve got forums, too. Personally, I use Ableton Live to write and perform and a variety of stuff to get the video done.

    Thanks for coming back to comment on the music. Again, really gratified that you like it.

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