OverWatch: Real-Time Narrative Visuals from Live Performance

  • Guy Schofield
  • Rachel Casey
  • Patrick Olivier
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-13544-6_26

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6133)
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Schofield G., Casey R., Olivier P. (2010) OverWatch: Real-Time Narrative Visuals from Live Performance. In: Taylor R., Boulanger P., Krüger A., Olivier P. (eds) Smart Graphics. SG 2010. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 6133. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

OverWatch is an audio/visual performance for two musicians, involving the production of narrative visuals on-the-fly. Presented in a theatrical context, with the musicians playing beneath a large projection screen, the piece references early silent movies, specifically the expressionist films of the 1920s. However, rather than responding to the formal and narrative content of the images onscreen, the musicians in OverWatch have a direct impact upon the content and structure of the movie. The improvised musical score, translated into MIDI and audio data is used to provide camera, lighting and animation cues for a 3D engine, allowing the musicians to effectively direct a Computer Graphic film in real-time.

Keywords

Live visuals improvisation mediated performance electronic music live score 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Guy Schofield
    • 1
  • Rachel Casey
    • 1
  • Patrick Olivier
    • 1
  1. 1.Culture Lab, Kings Walk, Newcastle upon TyneSchool of Computing Science, Newcastle University

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