Gardens of Illucium.
A live audiovisual odyssey, a collaboration between Spontaneous Fantasia and the Hutchins Consort.
We performed this ambitious, futuristic work on March 17, 2011.
Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, CA. (site)
Thursday, March 17, 2011, 7:30pm
Students and seniors: $25
Gardens of Illucium: A live visual and musical performance collaboration between the Hutchins Consort and J-Walt’s Spontaneous Fantasia. The performance is a ninety-minute structured improvisation which will take the audience into a virtual world of imaginary and semi-imaginary species — a garden of improvised plants and mythical spices, evoking the desires for the exotic, mysterious and the slightly dangerous. As the musicians of the Hutchins Consort weave a sensuous tapestry of tonal color on their various violins, plucked strings and percussion, J-Walt will draw a computer-generated 3D virtual world populated with fantastic other-worldly flora, creating a garden of unearthly designs. A common theme for the creation of the music and images is the Golden Ratio and the related Fibonacci Sequence: mathematical concepts which have been discovered in the growth patterns of life forms and which have also been an organizing principle in art and music from antiquity.
The music is a structured composition by Joe McNally, artistic director of the Hutchins Consort. The Hutchins Consort is the only ensemble that plays on the scaled violins of the New Violin Family designed and built by Dr Carleen Hutchins (1911-2009), and has been praised internationally for their exceptional musicianship, invigorating programming and daring-do.
J-Walt’s Spontaneous Fantasia performances extend live performance into the realm of virtual reality. His technology allows him to draw animated figures and organic 3D sculptures with the strokes of his digital pen. Worlds of color and imagination flow from J-Walt’s fingertips onto a large projected video screen, providing illustrated animated counterpoint to the music and enveloping the audience in an integrated paradise of sight and sound.
As the final notes from the strings drift into silence, the digital cybergarden dissolves into its constituent bits and bytes. People are invited to visit and linger in the Gardens of Illucium and behold the wonder of a reality that exists only for the duration of the concert.
Gardens of Illucium production stills (updated 8/6/2010)
3D Concept Imagery
You’ll need a pair of anaglyphic (red/cyan or red/blue) glasses. Make sure red lens is over your left eye.
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