Digital Glitchchchch

This course will simultaneously explore how computers work as we seek out ways to make playback errors, video glitches, computer crashes and other failures become tools of art. Popular glitches like data moshing (as seen in music videos for Kanye West and Chairlift) will be demystifed and made easily accessible.

Digital Glitchchch… Using mistakes to make sonic and visual art

Adam Rokhsar
Sun, Oct 3, 2010, noon to 6pm

Everyone makes mistakes, including computers. This course will simultaneously explore how computers work as we seek out ways to make playback errors, video glitches, computer crashes and other failures become tools of art. Popular glitches like data moshing (as seen in music videos for Kanye West and Chairlift) will be demystifed and made easily accessible. By the end of the workshop, students will have learned various ways to sculpt and mangle music, images, and video, and will leave with a powerful digital glitch toolkit to use in future work. The course requires no background in computer programming. All software is free and downloadable in the class.

Adam Rokhsar is a multimedia artist with degrees in psychology from Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Music Information Retrieval Laboratory, the head coordinator of the Music Technology student interest groups. While earning a Master’s degree in Music Technology from New York University, Adam designs sound for interactive installations, teaches computer music and video programming, and is working on a Master’s thesis on machine learning algorithms. His sound design work can currently be seen in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, and his video work was displayed in the Jakopic Gallery as part of multimedia project Senza Televisione.

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