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Music technology professor showcases work at international festivals

November 13, 2009

Paul Botelho and Russell Chartier - "Confined 10-01-2"

Paul Botelho, assistant professor of music technology at Loyola University New Orleans, had his collaborative video-music project, “Confined 10-01-2,” featured at several international exhibitions and new music festivals this fall.

Locations that have hosted the work include the New York Independent Film and Video Festival; Lumen Light Night festival, in Leeds, England; Gießen VideoArt Festival, in Germany; Florean Museum, of Baia Mare, Romania; NuEdge Gallery, in Montreal, Canada; Vivid Sense Festival, in Philadelphia, Pa.; and the Music BYTES Festival at Lewis University, in Romeoville, Ill. The work will also be featured at several other locations this spring.

In the piece, Botelho, along with collaborator Russell J. Chartier, explores the sense of confinement that many people feel living in large cities despite the many people around them.

The musical component of this work, composed by Botelho, was developed using a granular sampling algorithm. The software algorithm, developed by Botelho, was created in the ChucK programming language.

Botelho explained, “The program randomly chooses small fragments from an input sound, shapes their attack and decay, and then creates textures of user-specified density constructed of the sound fragments. The algorithmically-generated textures were then manipulated and layered to create this work.”

The video, developed by Chartier, was created from manipulated footage shot throughout New York City. The video consists of textures comprised of feedback loops uplinked to satellites then downlinked back to Earth.

These feedback loops were then manipulated with various pieces of broadcast equipment and further manipulated in the post production process.

The piece was created through synchronicity, meaning neither Botelho nor Chartier had any knowledge of each other's component and worked only with an agreed upon piece duration. Only upon the completion of both the video and audio components were the two components combined to create the final piece.

For more information, contact Botelho at pbotelho@loyno.edu or call 504-865-2634.

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