t h e b o d y y o u d r e a m o f i s y o u r o w n is a musical theater piece designed and composed by Trevor Van de Velde. The project incorporates elements of video installation and live performance. Inspired by the aesthetics of vaporwave, the body you dream seeks to explore our bodies in relation to technology. The installation consists of video and audio of white noise eminating from these artefacts that slowly diverge into those of the corporeal body. Near the end, the performer enters sparking a confrontation between themself and their digital selves.
The work consists of 8 cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions, each connected to a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. Each Pi was fitted with HPlayer2 (https://github.com/Hemisphere-Project/HPlayer2, developed by Thomas Bohl at Hemisphere-Project) and controlled over ethernet via Max. The piece consisted of various ‘scenes’ which certain videos with different probabilities of playing as represented as markov chains. Throughout the piece these probability distributions would change and new images or sounds would emerge among the televisions resulting in an ever changing cloud of white noise.
t h e b o d y y o u d r e a m o f i s y o u r o w n can exist as a multi-media installation or as an active ensemble for live performance.
Performed by Amy Liu on Flute and Vocals
This project was supported by the Department of Music at UC Berkeley and CNMAT under the guidance of Ed Campion, Ken Ueno, and Jeremy Wagner. Special thanks to Philip Canoza for technical support.
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