I got banned from Youtube for unknown reasons (breaching the terms and conditions without further explanation), so I relocated the raspberry pi generated videos on ... a dedicated page
Over there you will find the latest work from the various visual functions, be it static photos or videos.
Hope you enjoy!
Come join me for a trip. A journey through places and time, with or without people, with or without yourself.
This voyage took quite some preparation but was worth it. Many encounters on the way, many more to go.
Yesterday there, currently here, tomorrow where? Life will tell. In the meantime, pick your favorite streaming page, sit back, chill, and enjoy a bit of cello :)
Experimenting with a bit of code over the past few months, you will see few results on my youtube channel here:
Gcello python generated Visuals
All this is coded in Python and runs on a Raspberry Pi. The initial aim was to mix learning a new language with having fun and striving to code a visual art generator that could ultimately used live during concerts. This direction slightly evolved on the way and pushed the learning experience a bit further: implement interfaces to programmatically interact with social media platforms. From tweet structure to OAuth2, some fractals and interference patterns ... it's a lot of fun!
Music and maths, algorithms and code ... drop a comment on the videos if you like or have suggestions to improve!
You may wonder what is the process behind composing the next Gcello tune. Don't go any further, you are on the right page. I will let you know how those come to life...
An idea, a key, a melody or a riff starts it all, it can start vaguely, a tempo or an atmosphere, a color or a scent that I wish to render and translate into music.
Then the choice of instruments. Will they be computer generated synths, or real instruments from my personal collection? What do I have at hand today? Any unused soundscapes on my recorder?
Laying out rough attempts and starting to combine them with samples.
At this point I have decided about the key of the song, its tempo and the building blocks: how many lines or instruments will be forming the song and a first idea of the structure emerges. Will it start with a long progressing intro? Will the beat kick in straight? 3/4, 4/4 or any other signature? By now I have the key decided.
It is now time to sit back and relax:) get a feel of the structure thus the length, and chord progression. Chorus bridge you name them... The backing track starts sounding like something, time to start introducing instruments and namely cello:)
Recent events kept me away from the stage. Yet, I could express myself through a keyboard and worked on the twitter bot.
Call it geeking, I call it learning. In this case Python, internet of things, marketing strategies ... cut the BS, the little box sitting in my living room has now more followers (snap! Waaaay more actually) than my profile and keeps happily tweeting messages, fractals, videos ...
It's an ongoing project that I would now like to take to a more graphical side. Data is everywhere, music included. So the next challenge will be the visualization machine.
Stay tuned, keep your ears and eyes wide open!
Just a shout out to all you twxitter users ... it's now been few months that I've been working on a project involving a bit of programming and microcomputers.
First outputs can bee seen by following @GcelloPi
This is a machine that will do much more in a near future. For now, it's automating some of my actions on Twitter and it's "trying to make things visually beautiful" (it feels on the verge of schizophrenia to quote a machine ... which basically roots its knowledge in what I set it up with).
Anyhow, time-based color fractals, heavily effected pictures from my living room, animated gifs and video reports as a first step (try it, it's interactive and should be polite enough to reply to your tags!) ... all this should then turn into a concert propaganda machine and music-based live visuals (who said an audience interaction device? :)
Stay tuned, follow @GcelloPi
Music as a therapy, music as an art, music as a means of expression, music as an emotion...
From tribal ages, before speech was even technically possible for the lack of vocal cords, let apart conceived of by these times' minds, music existed in the form of drums. Nature and its thunder, rain drops on a hard surface, waves hitting the shore. Animals too contributed their part: Whales singing, birds twitting... Is our speech music to their ears too? Can we simply ignore physical differences and project the understanding through the scope of our perception on those other living beings?
Music as a reconnection with your senses, with time, its literal value and length is to be precisely counted to play as an ensemble but at the same time creates this bubble of focus when all the rest, dull time consuming obligations, worries and stressful event, stops existing for a while. You are one and here when you play, but you are more than the sum if playing as an ensemble. Reaching this state of unification, almost mystic trance.
Active or passive, I deeply encourage you to pick an instrument and start practicing today:) for the gratifying instants of mastering a piece, for the new friends you are going to make. For the good ol' places you have been going to for ages now reveal a different charm, from the stage perspective... To amaze yourself and the ones you love.. Because you don't like doing sports, and yet playing is a physical exercise too.
Music is tough. No denial that it teaches and values work. Repetition. Play, fail, repeat until you are in tune, in rhythm ... And yet again you will find another challenge: interpretation. How to keep the essence of a piece? How to transcribe the composer's intentions in notes, breathes, nuances...? How to remain independent from other instrumentalists, from other interpretations?
Music is a multi-dimensional journey that spans over technique, feelings and a bit of luck. This perfect instant you reach on stage when everything just sounds how it should, when you realize that not only you are enjoying the moment but a well transporting your audience to a different time and place. All this in 5 letters but so many more hours of hard work and dedication!
Song: ¬ęQui je suis¬Ľ, ¬ęLa petite vertu¬Ľ movie score
(Music: Georges Delerue - Lyrics: Jean-Claude Massoulier)
Vocals: Claire Delerue - http://floramiles.com/
Piano: Raymond Alessandrini - Deezer page
Cello: Mathieu Guillemin
On September 27th 2015, an intimate musical get-together was held at Georges Delerue's house near Paris to celebrate the 90th anniversary of his birth. We gathered around his Pleyel piano and performed some of his film songs, theater songs and instrumental themes. It was a joyful moment and a wonderful opportunity to make his house alive again with the sound of his music!
This excerpt features a song from the 1967 French film "La petite vertu", directed by Serge Korber. Raymond Alessandrini plays piano and Claire Delerue sings.
A total of 5 bands will rock the evening:
Gcello, Berti Vox, Eiliant, Kf√©'in and Hasselblad, yes indeed it is a festival!
Salle Messidor - Address: 6 Rue de l'√Čglise, 91470 Forges-les-Bains
Gcello aimerait vous convier au prochain afterwork violoncelle √©lectrique √† Paris. Venez d√©guster un verre dans une ambience chaleureuse tout en √©coutant un concert live de violoncelle √©lectrique. Sonorit√©s √©lectro, lounge et trip hop, un aper√ßu par ici:
Gcello - Le ptit bar (23 rue Saint Sauveur, √† 5 minutes de Chatelet) - 1er Octobre 2015 √† 20H - Entr√©e libre
It is a great honor to have been offered to play the cello parts and arrangements made for this instrument at an epitaph concert that will take place in his former house on September 27th.
Together with his daughter Claire Delerue, on piano, guitar and vocals, we will interpret a dozen songs spanning from his early years to the most recent pieces of his repertoire.
Last but not least, if you want to try the time machine ... Check out the previous version of the site :)
Here is the latest update about the KaossPad.
This little piece of wonder is surely fragile. And during one of my previous trip, the knobs got a bad kick and stopped functioning. So taking the time to open it and get some soldering practice, I used a bit of paint that was around to customize it a bit ...
And it is now fully working ... READY TO ROCK!