Strange Electronics 2: Realtime A/V and Hardware Hacking
May 6, 2011
Enemy, Chicago, IL

Strange Electronics 2: Realtime A/V and Hardware Hacking was the second of two Strange Electronics events programmed by James Connolly and Kyle Evans.  The evening featured a collection of Chicago-based new media, sound, and noise artists exploring realtime audio and video through disciplines of homemade instrument creation, hardware hacking, and the disruption/corruption of analog and digital systems.  Artists Emilie CreweBecky Grajeda, and Monica Panzarino performed as Tit Band with the aid of custom-built, wireless electronic "Nipulator" bras created by Panzarino.  The bras use hardware potentiometers (or knobs), an Arduino microcontroller, and a Max/MSP/Jitter software patch to process videos of each artist singing a freestyled "melisma" technique.  The left "nipple" of the bra loops a section of the video, and the right "nipple" controls the speed of the loop, while adding reverb to the audio.  The evening's other performers included Vaudeo Signal, Arcanebolt, Battleship, and Cracked Ray Tube

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