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A Flock of Words: live music performance with holograms and interactive multimedia
Author(s): Doris K. Vila
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Paper 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.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1998
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 3358, Sixth International Symposium on Display Holography, (1 February 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.301465
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Doris K. Vila, Holographics (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3358:
Sixth International Symposium on Display Holography
Tung H. Jeong, Editor(s)

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