John — the semi-conductor

John, the semi-conductor.

John is an application meant for collective free improvisation, which was born out of the needs encountered in free improvisation practice with the Orchestre National Electroacoustique.

Namely, John was invented as a virtual companion to find stimulating answers for issues encountered in collective free improvisation, like precise timings for transitions between contrasting parts, articulations of large movements, or the proposal of unusual scores taking us off the beaten path.

It is made of two parts :

  • a score editor which can generate random scores based on constraints and probablities defined by the user
  • a real-time “conductor” displaying the score during live performance

Its name refers to both John Cage and John Doe.

John-scoreGenerator
Random score generation panel

Original development with Max. Ongoing port to a reactive web app with d3.js and Meteor. Sources available at GitHub.

filigram

filigram is an app to draw filigrams.

filigram is an expressive tool based on drawing gesture, gathering on the same canvas doodles made by people of different cultures in various contexts.

Filigrams are hand-drawn drawings made on a 2D surface, in a 3D world. Thanks to computers memory, this virtual “sheet of paper” becomes infinitely wide and allows for navigating inside the drawings.

This app was made originally made as a public-space installation where people could share a collective experience of drawing on the same canvas. Perspectives on others’ drawings sometimes leads to graphical compositions that could only be seen from a specific point in the virtual space, somehow like the paintings by Felice Varini.

filigram was shown during:

Art4Lux, Abbaye de Neumunster, Luxembourg (Lu), sept. 2007
Net User Conference 2007 , Pleven Hovel, (Bg), july 2007
– at ArtHostel Sofia (Bg), june 2006
– in Istanbul (Tr), july 2007
Mobile Studios , Batenberg Square, Sofia (Bg), june 2006
TheUpgrade! Skopje (Mk), june 2006
TheUpgrade! Sofia (Bg), june 2006

with support from:

Inter-Space Media Art Center
Pépinières européennes pour jeunes artistes.
Puce Muse

Originally developped with Max, Filigram has been implemented in Java/Processing for availability in the browser, and OpenFrameworks for iOS/android support. Now outdated, the code is being refactored before moving to an open source repository at GitHub. Please contact if interested in the meantime.

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