College of Architecture visualization students and faculty
provided a backdrop for the April 23, 2006 Brazos Valley Symphony
concert, “Adventure in Sound,” at Rudder Auditorium
on the Texas A&M Campus.
While the first half of the concert featured conventional musical
performances, the second act featured works enhanced by visualizations
produced by Visualization Laboratory students and faculty. These
diverse visual works included real time interactive video and
interactive flash animations.
The concert venue included “Jackpot,” by Dan Welcher; “Capriol
Jazz Suite (American Premiere)”, by Yaron Gottfried, who
also performed on piano; and “Short Ride in a Fast Machine,:
by John Adams.
The visualizations accompanied the the following performances:
Student Brooke Beane’s thesis project: While many such
works exist as ideas, this was an unique example of thesis work
being performed and presented as it is intended — at a
large-scale theatrical/symphonic event.
“Once and Now,” is a work edited by Vishwanand Shetti
and written and directed by visualization professor Karen Hillier.
Bean and Hillier were the project’s videographers. “Shetti’s
editing,” Hillier said, “was like a dance choreographing
movement through cinematic space.”
Two other visualization students, Lauren Simpson and Jesse Weglein,
lended their acting talent to the presentation and student Alethea
Bair played violin as second chair in the orchestra.
Yauger Williams, assistant professor in visualization sciences,
presented a major interactive piece, “The Origins of the
Atmosphere,” performed to the Charles Ives's tune, “The
Unanswered Question.” Williams work explores basic elements,
considering the mystery and nature of existence.
Student David Morris worked with Taeg Nishimoto utilizing approximately
10,000 CD-ROMs that were animated to the Steve Reich’s
musical work, “Three Movements for Orchestra.”
student Brooke Bean's visualization software interacts
with a performance by the Brazos Valley Orchestra
Bean monitoring her computer during the performance
including viz student Lauren Simpson (right),
were part of professor Karen Hillier's work "Once and Now"
Taeg Nishimoto and viz student Dave Morris animated roughly
10,000 CD-ROMS to the sounds of "Three Movements for Orchestra"
view of the performance