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Kathy Hinde Audio-Visual Artist — Inspired by behaviours and phenomena found in nature and the everyday — working with sound, light, image, sculpture, location.

Twittering Machines – Live AV

“…the audience entranced as the song developed a danceable rhythm…” exclaim.ca review by Tom Beedham

Based on the installation of the same name, this 30 minute live audio-visual performance combines vinyl, objects, singing bowls, live sampling, and field recordings with analogue, eco processed film. Premiered at Mutek Montréal, August 2019.

A record player spins a vinyl recording of John Keat’s ‘Ode to a Nightingale’ translated into Morse Code. Software listens in, live, and translates the morse code back into text. Other sounds start to interfere with the translation, interrupting the Keats poem. The blips and beeps of the morse code meld into music boxes, broken toy pianos, bird imitation toys, singing bowls and other objects to conjure up the impression of a flock of birds flying around the space.

Interwoven with morse code text are analogue films of birds and bird habitats eco-processed with natural materials. The film is further transformed using physical and chemical methods to interrupt and degrade the imagery. A poetic reflection on the delicate state of bird populations, as suitable habitat becomes rarer and climate change confuses the seasons.  

Using bespoke software by Matthew Olden
Video filmed by Sonya Stefan, edited by Kathy Hinde.

Photos by Ashutosh Gupta taken at Mutek Montréal 2019.

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