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Back To The Cross-Modal Object: A Look Back At Early Audiovisual Performance Through The Lens Of Objecthood

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Sensors_Sonics_Sights in performance at IRCAM, Paris, for New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), 2006. © Atau Tanaka, 2006. Used with permission.

Sensors_Sonics_Sights in performance at IRCAM,
Paris, for New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), 2006. © Atau Tanaka, 2006. Used with permission.

Live Visuals, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Volume 19 Issue 3

ISBN: 978-1-906897-22-2
ISSN: 1071-4391

Volume Editors: Lanfranco Aceti, Steve Gibson and Stefan Müller Arisona
Editor: Ozden Sahin

Back To The Cross-Modal Object: A Look Back At Early Audiovisual Performance Through The Lens Of Objecthood
by Atau Tanaka

This paper looks at 2 early digital audiovisual performance works, solo work Overbow and the group Sensors_Sonics_Sights (S.S.S) and describes the compositional and performance strategies behind each one. We draw upon the concept of audiovisual objecthood proposed by Kubovy and Schutz to think about the different ways in which linkages between vision and audition can be established, and how audio-visual objects can be composed from the specific attributes of auditory and visual perception. The model is used as a means to analyze these live audio-visual works performed using sensor-based instruments. The fact that gesture is not the only visual component in these performances, and is the common source articulating sound and visual output, extends the classical 2-way audiovisual object into a three-way relationship between gesture, sound, and image, fulfilling a potential of cross-modal objects.

Full article is available for download as a pdf here.

Volume 19 Issue 3 of Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA) is published online as a free PDF but will also be rolled out as Amazon Print on Demand and will be available on iTunes, iPad, Kindle and other e-publishing outlets.

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