πTRIO – EXPLORE, DREAM, DISCOVER

piTrio (Plymouth iPad Trio) present a three-part piece for 3 iPads, climaxing in a spontaneous audience iOrchestra. Composed by Alexis Kirke, Olive Quinlan and Jules Burt, and performed in the Roland Levinsky Building open plan foyer with four speaker surround, subwoofer, 3 large projections and 3 flat screen TV monitors, 2:30pm Feb 11th. Bring your iPhone or iPad to join in the ending! (More details, pictures, videos, etc below) Commissioned by Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University for PACMF2012 (www.pacmf.co.uk). In partnership with ICCMR.

Alexis explains “I bought an iPad after hearing all the hype about their artistic potential and then spent a few weeks scratching my head about what the big deal was. Then one night I found two applications which blew me away, and I became a believer. The next day I started my plans to form the piTrio – I wanted to harness and publicise the potential of these devices. Then a few weeks later it happened again, another two apps which blew me away!”

“It’s not just how they sound,” says Alexis, “but also how amazing they look (hence all the projection for the audience), how unusual some of the control methods are, and – particularly in some cases – how much Fun you can have!” The instruments used include music produced by a car road building kit, bouncing balls, finger sketches, water ripples and mathematical bubble simulations.

piTrio members for this performance are Oliver Quinlan, Jules Burt and Alexis Kirke. The first two sections – ‘Explore’ and ‘Dream’ – will showcase some of the Trio’s favourite iPad musical and video software. Pictures of some of their favourites can be seen here. ‘Discover’ will enable to audience to discover how to make music as part of an iOrchestra along with the piTrio, if they bring their iPhones or iPads.

Apps used include: Morphwiz, Filatron, Soundythingie, DM-1, h.fbk, Nodebeat HD, Aeolian Harp, iKaos, Curtis, Aquasonic, Sounddrop, SpectrumGen, Airvox, Isle of Tune, Animoog, Synthtronica, and Aura Flux.

Alexis discusses his movations behind the piTrio and showcases some of their applications in the video below:

 

A lab rehearsal of ‘Dream’ is shown below:

 

A special thanks to Uwe Oestermeier the developer of Aquasonic and Aeolian Harp – and Jim Hall designer of Isle of Tune, for providing software for this performance. And also thanks to the developers of a number of the apps for their support in publicising this performance to their social and client network.