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Bliss in the Ear of a Storm

Venice VR Expanded

Director:
Adam Lieber, Hal Sorta
Production:
Shtik (Adam Lieber)
Running Time:
20’
Language:
English
Country:
UK, South Africa, USA
Screenplay:
Hal Sorta
Editor:
Adam Lieber
Music:
Dadabots
Platform:
VRchat
Devices:
HTC Vive/Vive Pro/Pro 2 Oculus Rift/Rift S/Quest w/link Valve Index Windows Mixed Reality
Environment artist:Jason Stapleton
Sound designer and udon programmer:Sean Davenport
Developer:Dale P. Deacon
FX TD:Tyson Cross
Band:SampleRNN
Text interpreter:GPT-3
Visualiser:Style Gan
Dreams:VQGan + CLIP
Gentle instigator:Homo Sapiens
Participant:You

Synopsis

The world began with the Big Bang, we are told the walls of Jericho were decimated by trumpets, to music being used as torture or control, to persuade or even calm, to the soundtracks to war and music for revolutions. What is music and sound’s relationship to control and power? We have channeled this question through candid conversations with neural networks (“AI”), by training machines on a collected sonic and visual content from noise, metal and rock music, as well as music that is sacred and spiritual. The project explores ideas around music as a weapon, as a cultural shifter, manipulator, unifier and ultimately, as a force. We are sonically at the mercy of the machine, as one never knows what will be performed on arrival.

Directors’ Statement

This piece is part of an ongoing exploration into the interrelation between music, sound and control. Overarchingly most aspects of the experience have in some way been influenced, molded, informed or affected by trained neural networks. With my collaborator, Hal Sorta, we’ve embraced the element of unknowing and enjoy the often humorous and surprising output that have emerged from this dialogue we’re fostering with the machine. Throughout the experience you will be introduced to ideas and aesthetics moulded by the current state of machine learning and the arts. We have collaborated with AI music pioneers, Dadabots.

Production/Distribution

PRODUCTION 1: Adam Lieber – Shtik
44b, Lockhurst St.
E5 0AP – London, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 07949990597
adam@shtik.tv
http://www.shtik.tv

PRESS OFFICE: Adam Lieber – Shtik
44b, Lockhurst St.
E5 0AP – London, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 07949990597
adam@shtik.tv
http://www.shtik.tv


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