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experiments in free-drumming I

Sal Moreno

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experiments in free-drumming I is a performance of improvisational drumming motivated by digital sounds and visuals which are generated in real-time via a motion-capture suit. The performance engages the body as a sonic mediator between the physical and virtual spaces. The performer engages digital sound through hand motions and gestures, amplifying and softening frequencies while experimenting with various rhythmic sequences. The visual generated consists of an ethereal substance that expands, contracts, and modifies its color based on these same hand movements. This performance offers two perspectives: an in-person perspective that utilizes projections, and an online perspective that uses filters to overlay the digital space onto physical objects. Both experiences operate simultaneously, providing a unique look for audiences viewing online and in-person. The pandemic prompted performance artists to find alternative and unconventional methods of sharing work with the community. This piece is inspired by the accessibility of using online streaming platforms, their effectiveness in reaching wide audiences, and the ease of extending technology to incorporate digital and sonic elements into performances.

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Sal Moreno: Sal Moreno is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago who engages with computation, video, sound, and performance. He generates work that speculates how the modes of drumming within various traditions and cultures are shifting in the presence of emerging technologies, such as VR, AR, sound synthesis and motion tracking tools. Sal earned his BA from UC San Diego in Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts and has recently earned his MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Art and Technology Studies.


All credits go to the artist, Sal Moreno.