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date: 12 November 2019

Live cinemalocked

  • David Bithell


A form of real-time audiovisual performance. Drawing on various histories, including early cinema technologies as well as more recent VJ-ing (video jockeying) work, the field explores a range of practice from abstract music visualization to more narrative forms. Central to the genre is the dual presence of human performers (who generate and manipulate sonic and visual materials live on stage) and the resulting projected images and sounds. With the growth in cultural influence of cinema over the 20th and 21st centuries, live cinema can be seen as a form of performative re-appropriation of aspects of cinematic practice. Examples include Tony Martin’s “Liquid Light Shows” that accompanied events at the San Francisco Tape Music Center (as well as popular bands such as the Grateful Dead), John Zorn and Ken Jacob’s Nervous Magic Lantern, Bob Ostertag and Pierre Herbert’s Living Cinema, David Stout and Cory Metcalf’s NoiseFold, and David Bithell and Ali Momeni’s ...

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