Once upon a time, I was given the opportunity to perform a work called Improvisation for Flute and Computer by Dr. Michael S. Rothkopf. [You can read about that multimedia experience and listen to a recording here.]
Since then, Dr. Rothkopf kindly composed me a work for two flutes and computer. His source of inspiration: the Hungarian poem “Mostan színes tintákról álmodom” (“I Dream of Coloured Inks”) by Kosztolányi Dezső. As the work evolved, the opportunity arose for the piece to become multimedia artwork with the
addition of a visual component! A lighting program (influenced by the artwork of James Turrell) was generated by four Design & Production students at UNCSA, with the help of their lighting instructor Norman Coates.
In a performance of Improvisation or Coloured Inks, the computer (Max/MSP) listens to six elements of the sound being generated by the two flutes and makes decisions pertaining to how it will respond musically. Now, however, with the addition of the lighting program in Coloured Inks, the computer also responds visually.
The work was premiered on April 30, 2014 at UNCSA and received a second performance at UMBC in May 2014. Because the lighting program is being further developed, a link to the work will be available after a third performance late this year.