Freecode – Noise, Jazz, Glitch, Festivals & Museums

Since my earlier post about audio visual preparations it’s been a busy year, and i have been honing my skills as an AV performer, tweaking the live setup, bringing in some new technology and generally having a ball. Along the way I’ve met some great people who I’ve formed a loose collective with called Freecode. So, leaving off from my first solo performance at Soundkitchen in May, I was asked to put on an event with the Eastside Green social space erected by the EXYZT architecture collective, during the Fierce Festival. During the festival which was twinned with the Flatpack film festival, I went to see an inspiring event, the Pixel Visions film screening of early computer generated animation a la John Whitney, and a performance by Audio Visual collaborators SCREE – DJ Sir Real and VJ Catweasel. I started talking to Antonio Roberts aka Hellocatfood

The PD patch used by Hellocatfood for Freecode Hexagon – click for his website

about the more programmed side of AV – e.g. node based software like max/msp and puredataused to generate sound and light either simultaneously or at least more purposefully… Got to thinking how little of a platform there was for this sort of event. In Birmingham or otherwise from what I’ve seen. When the opportunity to organise something for the EXYZT site i immediately thought how cool it would be to get some of us together for an event. Obviously Hellocatfood was on the cards and Minuek (Jim Warrier)

An example of Minuek’s stuff – click for his tumblr

who I’d met through his girlfriend James Lawrence Slattery at a few of The Rea Garden events, spoke my language. Both were VJs for sure, Hellocatfood recently so, but wholly into it. He is completely code based in his approach, using PureData to glitch shit up and is resident at Soundkitchen. Minuek was more seasoned having met many of my fellow VJs round the country, and knew his hardware well, but also uses Quartz Composer patches to great effect and Mac VJ software VDMX to mix them. He also is a seasoned performer in the realm of audio  having being part of the Brain Wash crew for a while and makes some great experimental beats… Well that was three and if that’s a crowd then four is twice the company and I had been intrigued by local tweaker AR Brooker (Laternist) for some time.

Laternist’s 3D glitch art, click for his posterous.

He’d been posting his beautiful noodlings on facebook, largely unnoticed for a while… I’d been taken by the ambient loveliness of it so thought it’d be worth getting in touch. Turns out Alan had been proponent in securing us the Rea Garden when my partner Arlene had originally talked to the Custard Factory about a space to use for a shipping container project… He was employed in reception along with the inimitable Miles Grundy did even more to help at the time… So after a quick email he was more than happy to be involved. During the Fierce Festival

Modulate at Freecode Hexagon, click for slideshow

GIF flyer for FreeCode/FreeJazz

Andy Sax played sax on Plan B’s latest album and kindly agreed to do Freecode/Freejazz at very short notice

BurningHam Freecode/Freejazz Exyzt

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