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April 29, 2007

Recent Photos

Above HiFiDreams at NASA (previously described), photo by Spaceman Spiffy (on flickr). Below a gallery of various photos from the past couple months.
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April 28, 2007

Another Kind of Mutation

The genetic algorithm that makes the Electric Sheep has mutation -- it was programmed that way to evolve. But there's another kind of mutation: when bad RAM, cosmic rays, and the flakiness of the internet defeat TCP/IP and "deterministic" computing. The below thumbnails are of a filmstrip from one sheep, each frame rendered by a different machine (some still incomplete). One came back with a difference of opinion :). Unlike the intentional mutations these are not inherited, they are more like cancer. The HiFi version distributes each frame across several machines so that these mutants (not to mention hacker attacks) can be eliminated. This sheep was designed by Coppercat who also pointed out the greenie to me.

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April 26, 2007

Spotworks at Spectra in Manhattan

this saturday night in the west village, a special night of live and DJ'ed psytrance music.

the highlight will be my friend and collaborator, techno-violin sensation kenji williams playing "gaia journeys", hot from the sold-out premier in denver, with earth visuals by carter emmart of the hayden planetarium.

then the electric sheep and i will blast-off from low-earth orbit into outer space, kick in the warp drive and head for the center of the galaxy, up-tempo and beyond....

not to be missed!

April 28th, 2007 10 p.m Club Shelter 150 Varick St at Vandam $25 18+

Shane Gobi - Alchemy Records UK Kenji Williams (Live) Remedy Arts Tokyo/S.F Kife - Omnitribe NYC Steve-O - Spectra PR/NYC Dave Dittmer - Sonic Beating/Psyforia MA

Shane Gobi - Alchemy Records UK Alchemy Records founder and Label Manager. Considered one of the best psy-trance DJ's, Shane is known for his technical and energetic style. This will be Shane's first NYC performance.

Kenji Williams - Live - ABA Structure/Remedy Arts S.F/Tokyo Join us at 10:30 p.m as Kenji presents 'Gaia Journeys'. A multimedia performance of earthly orbital flight in space. Visual direction, live ambient music and violin by Kenji Williams. At 1:00 a.m Kenji will perform his live uptempo techno-violin set

Kife - Omnitribe nyc Steve-O - Spectra pr/nyc Dave Dittmer - Sonic Beating boston

In the Chillout...

Pedro - Interchill/Cosm nyc Tony Unorthodox - 28thDay nyc Deet - Gaian Mind philly

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April 25, 2007

Perfect Stranger using Fractal Flames

The feature film Perfect Stranger makes extensive use of Fractal Flames in its title sequence. Thanks to Frantisek Fuka whose review (in czech) tipped me off. He must have quite an audience because traffic from his site showed up at the top of my referrer logs.
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If You Want to Know if Spot Loves You So, Itís in His Tail

I always wanted to get written up by the New York Times... but who would have thought the story would lead with a butt shot?
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April 05, 2007

HiFiDreams at Boston CyberArts

The Boston CyberArts has been a mainstay for years and I'm proud to announce my participation for the first time. The festival runs from April 20th to May 6th and includes events all over the city.

There will be two chances to see the sheep: Applied Convergence is hosting Emergent Consciousness on Saturday April 21st in their loft in Fort Point. The day begins at 3pm with demos of Ashanti and Korda's EKTA putting your brain in a feedback loop with a computer. My lecture on Dreams in High Fidelity and the Electric Sheep is at 8pm, followed by Sean Stevens' (of Mooninite fame) Synaesthesia audio/video/motion feedback rig. By 11pm we should be playing music, relaxing and interacting with the art and each other.

Second, on Saturday April 28th in the Visual Music Marathon at Northeastern University's Raytheon Amphitheatre in the Egan Building. The show runs all day and includes new and historic works. My piece "Star Oasis" will be played at 5pm in the "Best of the Digital Salon and SVA" segment.

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April 04, 2007

Sheep at 28th Day at CoSM

This Saturday 28th Day presents a night of trance music at CoSM, the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors. I'll be projecting the HiFiDreams all night. Saturday April 7, 2007; 11PM - 5AM $15; 542 West 27 Street, 4th Floor; NYC.
28thday invites you back to our favorite and only stronghold of groovularity in the heart of Manhattan's clubland... following the success of last month's party with DJ Pena, we're continuing our residency this coming weekend -- now with three sound systems!
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April 02, 2007

HiFiDreams at NASA Ames for Yuri's Night

Friday April 13th is Yuri's Night, the international celebration of the first human space-flight. Highlights include music by Plaid, Bluetech, and the Space Cowboys Unimog; a keynote address by Anousheh Ansari; and exhibition of Electric Sheep's Dreams in High Fidelity, whose purpose is to bring cyberspace to life. There will be space science and technology demos, documentaries, tours, interactive installations, and artwork in addition to the music and speakers. The all-night event takes place at Hanger Sofia at NASA Ames in Mountain View (see below-right).
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