Yesterday the finished ‘colourorgan’ piece was tested along with a series of other works as a part of the IOCT Master’s Performance Technologies module practical section. It held up well technically – despite the finished version of the patcher stretching my poor Macbook to it’s limits – and produced some interesting sounds as well as some good reactions from the audience.
Interaction with the piece was unexpected – although my instruction was kind of ‘show it some colours, see what it does’, there was a flurry of activity as everyone searched the lab for different coloured objects and offered them up to the camera in a way that was almost ritualistic, albeit in a slightly crazed way! It was interesting to see everyone’s reaction and their interest in how the piece reacted. I think i should have choreographed things more carefully though, perhaps asking participants to perform specific tasks with coloured objects – if i perform the piece again i’ll bear this in mind.
Technically the piece mostly worked – as in testing, it had no problem picking up reds and yellows, struggled more with blue and almost totally ignored green. There’s probably a good reason for this… i shall continue the research!