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Part One: Computer Music Journal Editors, Curators

Curators' Note

For the curated section of the 2009 Computer Music Journal DVD, the editors decided to collaborate on putting forward a collection of interesting recent work. The contributions are drawn from both audio and video compositions. Various members of the editorial team nominated works and communicated with the composers to verify interest. The rest of the team then assessed the nominated works, and the higher-scoring pieces were chosen for inclusion on the disc. The participating members of the editorial team were: James Harley, Doug Keislar, Colby Leider, Keeril Makan, Tae Hong Park, Brett Terry, and Lonce Wyse.

1. Graveshift—Per Bloland (music), Arie Stavchansky (video)

Through a rain-streaked cafe window, surveillance of a street scene is digitally transformed into a fluid chaos comprising paranoia, ghostly figures, and alterations of reality. Echoes of a forgotten song float above the milieu, now gaining and now losing coherence. It is an image plagued by distortion, but this distortion emerges from quietness, and recedes once again into the same.

Graveshift was conceived as a cross-discipline collaboration including video, music, and dance.

Per Bloland, born in New York City in 1969, is active as a composer of both acoustic and electroacoustic music. Recent awards include first prize in the SEAMUS/ASCAP Student Commission Competition, and grand prize in the Digital Art Awards, Tokyo, Japan. His music has been performed in numerous countries, and can be heard on the TauKay (Italy), Capstone, Spektral, and SEAMUS labels. He received a Masters degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Doctoral degree from Stanford University. He is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. More information can be found on the composer's Web site (

Immersed in film, video, and interactive media for more than a decade, Arie Stavchansky has earned the titles of artist, designer, educator, and director. Capitalizing on his passion for creative problem-solving, Mr. Stavchansky is credited with numerous industry awards and honors. His professional credits include, among others: visual effects artist for Audioslave's Doesn't Remind Me music video; digital compositor for McDonald's "I'm lovin' it" television advertising campaign; keyframe animator for Stouffer's and Walgreens' televisual identities; producer and director of Intersection (2003) and Graveshift (2004), experimental music videos that introduced a novel technique for rendering photorealistic water droplets on glass surfaces. His experimental video work has screened at international venues, and his illustration and graphic renderings have been shown at local establishments in Austin, Texas, and Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Stavchansky has taught digital media theory, interactive media production, as well as visual effects and motion graphics design at The University of Texas at Austin and Carnegie Mellon University. His interaction design background informs his development of new media production techniques. He also practices as a designer and consultant on teams that produce rich media and mobile Web sites. Mr. Stavchansky holds a Bachelors degree in Radio–Television–Film from the University of Texas at Austin, a Masters degree in Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Doctorate in Radio–Television–Film from the University of Texas at Austin.

2. add.value 5 more—Gerhard Daurer

add.value is a performance instrument that allows the creation of synaesthetic dynamic imagery and sound in real-time. The sonification and visualization are triggered by a physical model that is manipulated by the performer. Consequently, every single change in the visual domain is also reflected in the aural domain, and vice versa. The visualization is no simple illustration of the sounds; the visual and the aural are entwined from the outset as they originate from the same source. The aim is to present a system that generates audiovisual output that appears somehow "alive," a hybrid organism living in some foreign abstract world. The video add.value 5 more was realized using the system in a live-performance without any post-production apart from editing.

This project was created with the open-source programming environment Pure Data.

Gerhard Daurer (born 1983) studied Multimedia Art at the University of Applied Sciences, Salzburg, with a major in Audio and a minor...


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