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1 February 1998 A Flock of Words: live music performance with holograms and interactive multimedia
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Proceedings Volume 3358, Sixth International Symposium on Display Holography; (1998) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.301465
Event: Sixth International Symposium on Display Holography, 1997, Lake Forest, IL, United States
Abstract
This paper describes A Flock of Words, a cross-media music performance realized in collaboration with composer Robert Rowe. An interactive computer system linked large-scale holograms, video projection, animation, robotic lighting effects, and computer music. With a text from Elias Cannetti's Crowds and Power, an artificial-life algorithm animates swarming words. Projected onto the large holograms, the text flies in and out of linear readability, set off by computer music signals. A Flock of Words uses custom computer software to analyze the music being performance by an ensemble of human players and guide the simultaneous projection of real-time animation onto holograms, video, holographic lighting, and computer music. To stage the piece, we created an interactive computer system combining large-scale holograms, video projection, animation, robotic lighting effects, and computer music. The real-time animation was an adaptation of Craig Reynolds's Boids algorithm, which we dubbed `woids', and was used for animating flocking words.
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Doris K. Vila "A Flock of Words: live music performance with holograms and interactive multimedia", Proc. SPIE 3358, Sixth International Symposium on Display Holography, (1 February 1998); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.301465
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