Here’s a Swedish review about ‘Open Source Intelligence’. Enjoy!
Photo by Jujje Eriksson
Noisebud’s – ‘Open Source Intelligence’ is an interactive installation and performance commissioned by Audiorama and Luger, originally created for ‘Stockholm Music & Arts festival, 1-3 August 2014. For those of you who didn’t had the opportunity to be there we will exhibit the installation and do the performance again at Audiorama this Weekend.
we look at
trying to obtain an overview
on us and our existence
The boundary between spectator and actor is becoming blurred. The roles have merged into each other, change places and take turns. What I need is a digital medium to travel in and through. My life is not just one, my identity are many. We do not yet know how the constant monitoring and mapping affect us but what we do know is that it is one of the greatest revolutions in human history and old rules no longer apply. Knowledge has always been the strongest commodity, but today’s digital consumption has opened the gates for a perhaps less flattering market, where human values are negotiable by everyone, for everyone, at any time, and in public.
The installation will be opened between 19:00 – 22:00 Live performance 20:30 – 21:00
Notes from the production
Open Source Intelligence is our most ambitious project to date, it took the whole summer to realize and it has been a bumpy road. The project involves all of Audiorama’s 21 loudspeakers (which are mounted in a spherical array), 18 LCD screens, 7 cameras, 1 projector and 8 computers. As always with projects at this size you’d probably would’ve thought twice if you known what you got yourself into, we didn’t know. But… everything went according to plan except the production of the custom software that would control all the 18 screens. It was no easy task, we wanted face recognition, hundreds of hacked remote web-cameras, glitch effects, pre-recorded videos, recording abilities and most but not least, the all stand alone installation mode. The project could’ve been called ‘BSOD’. Thanks to our friend Patrik Ohlsson we got rid of the most nasty bugs just a couple of hours before opening but the software still would stop responding at any time. During ‘Stockholm music & Arts’ where we had 2 shows a day plus the installation running at all times, we solved the shaky software by installing PSTools so that we could restart the whole thing remotely since we were in another room while performing. At the third performance we only had two crashes, we considered that a success. Luckily the restart process where so quick that the audience never realized that the software stopped, but the constant worrying made it pretty tense to perform live. For the upcoming shows Patrik has rewritten the whole program from scratch and everything is stable, we can now put all our attention on the actual performance, the way its supposed to be. Open Source Intelligence 2.0…
We’re building our information Tesla cage…
The cage is ready and we’re about to mount the 18 monitors…
Sol in full action wiring cables for all the screens…
If you been helping out hanging paintings in a gallery you’ll understand why we took this photo
Software test, after a couple of hours hunting bugs we finally successfully connected to all cameras.
First rehearsal, we got a good feeling about the whole thing
Johannes in performance mode
Live and direct. In our performance area we have two analogue cameras and a video mixer to communicate what we’re doing with the audience.
What we got here is a failure to communicate…
Sol’s favourite instrument, the spider
Since there are no presets delivered with Burt at the moment you might like this. A library with 40 presets for Burt 1.01 have been created and uploaded to KVR by Alter Boy Sounds. You can get them at http://www.kvraudio.com/product/burt-by-noisebud/downloads
Information equals power, as long as we walked the earth we’ve used information as a tool to either gain power or hang on to it, nothing new. The difference today is the amount of information available, with our rampant technology development it’s hard to keep track of all the more or less intrusive ways companies, governments, police, friends and foes collect and use information about us on a daily basis. We even provide huge amounts of information about our self’s willingly to anyone who’s interested without as much as a sneeze. It’s strange times and Noisebud Surveillance Agency is here to observe.
This is a great idea. I can see a future with modular MIDI controllers that really fit your needs.
Neat little thing, we haven’t tried it yet but it seem to work for others so we thought we post it anyways.
We’re playing at the event ‘Signal Jamming’ at Fylkingen in Stockholm tomorrow. We won’t be playing Noisebud stuff but we will do a back2back gig with Sol’s solo stuff and my (Johannes) 0d3x project. It’ll be fun. Be there!