Abdullah Benabdallah > Orientation #106 // Day Two

Today we had the presentation of junXion by Frank Baldé. He showed us very good examples how to use the software to process incoming data from several devices like Wii controllers, Cameras or instruments. I am really looking forward to testing the software and find out new possibilities for our show like:

-Interaction between dancers and music by using controllers or sensors

-Interaction between washing machines and music by using sensors

-Interaction between visual material (recorded life by camera or triggered by VJ) and music

It could even be more complex like creating interaction between the tree parts at the same time.

In the afternoon we had interaction design with Kristina Andersen. One relevant aspect to my work we talked about was the importance of integrating the dancers at the very early beginning of the creative process. It’s very important that they feel comfortable with the devices/instruments.

Tonight we are having some “expiremental electro-accoustic goodness”: Robert van Heumen will play with Garth Davis at Tabula Rasa. Also our co-workshoper DJ Dubble8 will perform at OT301.

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About Abdullah Benabdallah

HIGHER EDUCATION University of Zurich, Master in Modern History, Computer Science (focus on Artificial Intelligence) and Music Ethnology MUSIC EDUCATION Flamenco Guitar Studies in Cordoba, Spain Classic Guitar studies in Zürich, Switzerland Study of andalusian classical music in Algeria Composition of electro-flamenco music for swiss dance company “el contrabando” Current Project Bolero della Borsa: Premiere, Genova, 2008. Inspired by Reto Emchs installation “H2O”, 30 washing machines exposed in the ancient stock market of Genova, I developed together with choreographer Anet Fröhlicher (cie el Contrabando) an electro-flamenco show called “Bolero della Borsa”, using electronic music, flamenco samples and sounds of washing machines triggered live to accompany dancers. On same year “Bolero della Borsa” was also selected by “Certamen de Coreografía de Danza Española y Flamenco“ (Spanish dance contest) and presented at Teatro Albéniz in Madrid and as guest performance at Fondazione Merz, in Torino, included in exhibition „Meteorite in giardino“. On_Line: continuation of “Bolero della Borsa”. Stage setting: 4 washing machines, video projection by light designer Stephan Haller and 4 flamenco dancers. Music: electronic composition using drums machines, synths and washing machines samples, mostly atonal, repetitive and minimalist. Premiere, Tanhhaus NRW, Düsseldorf, Germany

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