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Work in Progress performance, Probability @ The Texas Firehouse

Pressure is an evening length lecture in three acts for multiple vocalists, chamber orchestra and pre-recorded music, and slide show. Act I (also titled Pressure) was premiered at The Gene Frankel Theatre in New York, NY on May 4th and 5th of 2008. The vocalist was Jo Lampert. Mike wrote, recorded, mixed and performed the score. He co-wrote and co-directed with Patrick Davison, who also designed and operated the slides. This performance was produced by Avant Media as part of a night of works entitled Triplicate. Act I of Pressure had a self-produced invite-only encore showing at Columbia University in June of 2008. Acts II and III are currently in progress and are scheduled to be completed by Fall of 2009. Act I remains available for performance.

This evening length set of three lectures – entitled Pressure, Proximity and Probability – involve the audience in a rigorous examination of three fundamental humanities: war, love and community. Starting with a well know Artistotle quote, and ending with satellite imagery of the performance venue, we attempt to touch upon everything in between. Some leaps of faith, and logical backflips are – of course – required, but we like to think the audience might leave feeling everything is little more connected than it was when they walked in. The vocalists, though they might be shocked at your lack of expertise, really do have your best interests in mind.

Related Updates:

Sept. 18th @ 2p: Probability at Conflux Festival

We’re really happy to announce we’ve been asked to be a part of this years Conflux Festival. The first part of the whole shindig is taking place at NYU Steinhardt’s Barney Building, and we’ll be there at 2pm on Friday September 18th.

We’re going to be performing the first part of Probability, and then taking the audience on a guided tour of Google Sketchup and Google Earth Pro. The end goal is to have everyone create their own 3D models, embed them in Google Earth and then create a camera path to move around them. It’s alot, lot harder than it sounds – but provides some really cool technical hurdles.

Anyway, all the infos is below. We hope to see you there!


Probability at TFH

We got distracted by a ton of other stuff, but finally here it is. Video of the first ten minutes of Probability, as performed at the Texas Firehouse for their show Stored and Filtered.






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TFH Show == Tons of Fun!


Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the Texas Firehouse Show, we made sure to bring all the Ivy and Wilde paint by numbers for all of you, and thanks to Jeff Thompson for having us. We did two shows, had an awesome time and met a bunch of great people. Drop us a line and say hi!

Two More Test Flythroughs

You can finds them here and here. FYI: SPOILER ALERT.

Probability @ The Texas Firehouse This Saturday!


This coming Saturday the 13th @ 8pm we’re going to be performing at the Texas Firehouse in Long Island City, Queens. We’ll be premiering a work in progress version of Probability, the 3rd Act of Pressure, a piece for one vocalist, Google Earth and music.

We’ve been working day and night the last couple weeks designing custom 3D models, wrestling with Google Earth, learning kml and exporting stupid-high-def video for projection. So we’re really excited about this one, and since its a work in progress, we’re really excited to hear your feedback. So hey! Come on by!

We’re performing as part of an opening of mostly (I think) visual art, so before and after we do our thing there will be plenty of fun and drinks and fun. See you there!

p.s. Show copy and map of location after the jump.


On the way…

To those of you who asked if we could make the text for Hannah Complex available, my apologies. It’s on my list of things to get done this week as Patrick and I are preparing for the KYM / URLESQUE Meme Party show and the Texas Firehouse show, with many storage units with the Big-Yellow storage prices. Also coming within the next week or so should be better looking video documentation of Judson Hannah.






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Randomly Placed Markers

I’m working on a program for Probability which will generate a layer file for Google Earth (*.kml) with randomly placed markers within a boundary. I just got it producing useful results after a few hours of hacking away. Huzzah!
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Probability Logo

Also by Patrick.






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Initial Images for Probability Prepared for TF.

We’re preparing the first round of technical experiments for Probability as you read this. We’ve been in contact with the Texas Firehouse and are going to be doing a 7 minute performance of the front section of what will eventually become all of, Probability – > the third act of the evening length Pressure.

Google Earth

For this performance, we’re going to be using Google Earth and Sketchup to create visuals that are both graphic representations and “physical” 3-D spaces at the same time. And hopefully, we’ll be able to use some of Google’s built in swooping around functions to create an effect very similar to the slick, but also costs-money Prezi which I was clued into by my friend, Lotte.

SketchUp debuted in August 2000 as a general-purpose 3D content creation tool and was envisioned as a software program “that would allow design professionals to draw the way they want by emulating the feel and freedom of working with pen and paper in a simple and elegant interface, that would be fun to use and easy to learn and that would be used by designers to play with their designs in a way that is not possible with traditional design software. It also has user friendly buttons to make it easier to use.”

On January 9, 2007, Google announced Google SketchUp 6, a free downloadable version of SketchUp, without some functionality of SketchUp Pro, but including integrated tools for uploading content to Google Earth and to the Google 3D Warehouse. A toolbox enables a viewer to “walk around” and see things from different viewpoints and supports labels for models, a look-around tool and an “any polygon” shape tool. Google SketchUp Pro 6 introduced a beta version of Google SketchUp LayOut. LayOut includes 2D vector tools and page layout tools allowing presentations to be produced without the need for a separate presentation program.

Google Earth

More, very exciting details about the show will be forthcoming!!!

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