Kafes

Omer Chatziserif
2011

Live audio and video, 13'

This works has been produced as part of the residence program of the Ambiant Creativity project, with support from the European Commission.

«Kafes» is an algorithmic electroacoustic live performance, based on a system of melody types called «Makam» and on repeating rhythmic patterns called «Usul» from the field of Ottoman Classical Music.

Each makam specifies a unique intervalic structure and melodic development. The intervals of makam and the patterns of usul, determine the context of the narrative structure of this composition. Usul is an underlying rhythmic cycle that complements the melodic rhythm and sometimes helps shape the overall structure of a composition. The compositional material is not restricted to the intervals of Makam, nor to patterns of Usul. They construct and descontruct the context of narration, spatialization, pitch, loudness and timbre of the composition.

Specifically the pitch, the loudness and the timbre of sound, also the opacity, animation, color and shape balance of visuals. The main tool of this project is SuperCollider who controls all the piece (audio and visuals) via OSC messages. The sounds are created with GENESIS and SuperCollider and spatialization is done with Zirkonium controlled with SuperCollider via OSC.

Available on the Ambiant Creativity DVD.

Voir aussi / See also :
Omer Chatziserif's blog (Ambiant Creativity)

About the Author / A propos de l’auteur
Omer Chatziserif was born in Komotini, Greece, on May, 24th, 1982. He accomplished his studies in Electric Guitar in the Modern Department of Menelaos Sikakis conservatoire. He finished the 2 years of studies in the Department of Computer Science in Komotini. Now, he is in his fifth year of studies in the Department of Audio and Visual Arts wich is and the final year. Ηe specializes in photographic image and audio visual composition in a real time. He is a member of the experimental audio-visual band “Iperatou”. He also cooperates with the company of development of software and sites “Inorama” as a Sound Designer and with the studio “Reflexions” as a Photographer. He also takes a part in various artistic activities like :

  • Video Projections in “EarthDance” Festival in Corfu (2006)
  • Participation in photographic group exhibition “SwitchOn” in Athens (2007)
  • Participation in photographic group exhibition “3Ε” of the Laboratory of Photography of the Department of Audio and Visual Arts in Corfu (2008)
  • Participation in photographic group exhibition “Tavros” in Athens (2009)
  • Participation in an Audiovisual Live Performance with the title “Diadromi”, of the 3rd Festival of Department of Audio and Visual Arts of the Ionian University in Corfu (2009)
  • Participation in an Audio-Visual Live Performance with the subject “Playgrounds - Parks”, in the “Paspartou” art Festival in Corfu (2009)
  • Participation in an Audio-Visual Live Performance with the title “Stasis”, of the 4th Festival of Department of Audio and Visual Arts of the Ionian University in Corfu (2010)
  • Audio-Visual Live Performance with the “Iperatou” at the new fortres in Corfu (2010)