Thursday, May 10, 2012

Machinima release: Rotating Brains / Beating Heart

The Avatar Orchestra Meteverse is pleased to announce the release of the machinima

 Rotating Brains / Beating Heart 
May 12, 2012

 The full length machinima can be viewed on Youtube here
Information about the making of Rotating Brains / Beating Heart can be found here

Rotating Brains / Beating Heart

A virtual reality performance collaboration featuring
Pauline Oliveros, Stelarc and the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse

Fifteen performers, two timekeepers, one conductor
Separated by geography, connected in virtual space

Avatars, objects, sounds, images and lights
Synchronized in real time

Recorded live at the RMIT Melbourne simulator in Second Life
during a networked performance for
New Adventures in Sound Art Sound Play Festival
November, 2010, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

Machinima by Steve Millar

Rotating Brains / Beating Heart

Created by
Stelarc, Pauline Oliveros, Franziska Schroeder, Tina Pearson, Norman Lowrey, Andreas Müller
and the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse

Scored and conducted by
Tina Pearson

Performed by
Rotating avatar (Stelarc Luik), Stelarc automatons, voice

Daniel Mounsey
Rotating Stelarc automatons, floating texts

Pauline Oliveros
Flying avatar (Free Noyes) and drones

Norman Lowrey
Giant brain sound and images

Avatar Orchestra Metaverse
Floating avatars and virtual audio-visual instruments

Andreas Müller (Bingo Onomatopoeia, Regensburg, Germany)
Biagio Francia (BlaiseDeLaFrance Voom, Agropoli, Italy)
Brenda Hutchinson (Groucho Parx, San Francisco, USA)
Carolyn Oakley (Carolhyn Wijaya, Boulder, Colorado, USA)
Tim Risher, (Flivelwitz Alsop, Durham, North Carolina, USA)
Peter Wong (Gargamel Frequency, San Francisco/Oakland, CA, USA)
Tina M. Pearson (Humming Pera, Victoria, BC, Canada)
Norman Lowrey (North Zipper, New Jersey, USA)
Chris Wittkowsky (Paco Mariani, Regensburg, Germany)
Ryan Ross Smith (Pow Zero, Berkeley, CA, USA)
Seidi Palonen (Saara Edring, Helsinki, Finland)
Viv Corringham (Zonzo Spyker, Minneapolis, MN, USA / London, UK)

Leif Inge (Timekeeping)
Ze Moo (Additional automatons)

Set Design
Stelarc and Daniel Mounsey

Composition and Sound Design
Norman Lowrey, Andreas Mueller, Pauline Oliveros, Tina Pearson, Stelarc

Stelarc Luik Automatons and Animations
Designed by Stelarc, scripting and construction by Daniel Mounsey

Automaton Choreography

Flying avatar (Free Noyes) Choreography
Pauline Oliveros, Norman Lowrey

Avatar Orchestra Choreography
Tina Pearson, Tim Risher and Avatar Orchestra Metaverse

Virtual giant brain 5-Channel Audiovisual Mixer
Designed and Built by Norman Lowrey
Sound samples from the human nervous system and outer space
Images of the human nervous and circulatory systems

Virtual 9-Channel Audio Drone Mixer
Conceived by Pauline Oliveros
Designed and built by Norman Lowrey
Sounds from Alvin Lucier, Pauline Oliveros, Franziska Schroeder, Tina Pearson,
Viv Corringham and Stelarc

Avatar Orchestra Virtual Instruments
Designed by Tina Pearson and Andreas Müller
Built by Andreas Müller
Sounds of the human circulatory system from Tim Risher,
in-womb heartbeats from Lilith and Doris,
mechanical processes from Andreas Müller,
tuned sine tones from Tina Pearson

Avatar Orchestra animations
Built by Tim Risher

Second Life performance filmed and edited by Steve Millar

Audio recording from Second Life by Andreas Müller

Filmed at RMIT Melbourne Simulator in Second Life

Rotating Brains / Beating Heart was originally created as a mixed reality collaboration
Premiered at the 2010 Digital Resources for the Humanities and the Arts Conference at Brunel University, UK
By Stelarc, Pauline Oliveros, Avatar Orchestra Metaverse,
Franziska Schroeder (saxophone) and Martin Parker (electronics)


RMIT University (Melbourne), OCAD University (Toronto), New Adventures in Sound Art, Nadine Thériault- Copeland, Darren Copeland,
Hector Centeno, Hannah Dean, Bentley Jarvis in Toronto, Canada;
Franziska Schroeder at Sonic Arts Research Centre in Belfast, Ireland, Dr. Lisa Dethridge at RMIT in Melbourne, Yael Gilks (Fau Ferdinand), Ze Moo, Dennis Moser, Sachiko Hayashi, Max D Well, Steve Millar (Arahan Claveau).

New Adventures in Sound Art Residency funding for Tina Pearson provided by the SOCAN Foundation, Canada