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  • manuellnon 16:10 on 20 January 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    about AI (Look Who’s Talking by Jeni Fulton) 




  • manuellnon 18:23 on 7 December 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Future Breed Machine (interim version) 

    Last week we had an interim show in our studio space at Camberwell. I played live some of the sound experiments I’ve been doing with Vocaloid (Avanna).

    My performance was a 20 minutes sequence of heavy metal guitar solos (using MIDI files found online) transformed into a synthetic voice composition. Here’s a recording of the whole thing:


    IMG_0342 IMG_0411
    via Basilbus


    …planning to integrate this element into the Future Breed Machine (also here)

  • manuellnon 1:03 on 9 November 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    unit 1 assessment 

    Since the beginning of the MA my practice has evolved, gathering many more skills and areas of research. My work followed the direction of my first project proposal, even though I feel the need to redefine it starting from this very blog post (I will also draw material from a few other proposals I made for specific projects).

    Writing down this list I can see how much my practice is made up of many different fragments, especially over the last year; although my whole research confirms the keywords/areas of research identified in my first project proposal.






    Formulate, describe and implement a challenging and self-directed programme of study,
    relating to your Project Proposal (research; subject knowledge; communication and
    presentation; professional and personal development).


    The real world isn’t real at all

    Keywords/Areas of research:

    • Small communities (Internet / subcultures)
    • Versioning (process of transformation of pre-existent maerial)
    • Materialism (Internet’s physical infrastructure / against the dichotomy virtual-physical)

    Some key exhibitions, artists and material I have been looking to in order to explore those specific subjects.


    About Pedobear (or how to learn from 4chan)

    About Hybrids

    About Live Simulation

    About Displacement Maps and Skin Textures

    Serial Classic



    Thoughts and analysis–the body of my research.

    Hello World

    About Online Identity

    About Versioning

    Project Proposal v1.1 – video statement

    Mid Point Review – video statement

    About The Blob

    About The Machine

    Future Breed Machine (Project Proposal)

    Research Paper Tutorial #1

    Research Paper Tutorial #2

    Research Paper #3

    Research Paper

    About Vocaloid


    Critically engage with practice-based research and contribute actively to debate and
    discussion (analysis; technical competence; experimentation; collaborative and/or
    independent professional working).


    Blob 3d Tests

    About Camouflage

    About Blob Village


    Water Portraits


    New Website


    Blob Village (Cox18 Version)




    Critically reflect upon your practice and articulate a clear understanding of methodology
    and context of your creative practice (analysis; research; communication and


    Notes #1 Machines & Hybrids

    Notes #2 Profile Images & Masks

    Notes #3 Sound Work

    Tutorial 11.6.15

    Camberwell Summer Show Report


  • manuellnon 16:04 on 28 October 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Last week I had a live session for a video work directed by Jude Crilly. With my project KLC, we played a jam session made of stereotypes of dance music in order to summon the oracle Guruji, played by a dancer, in a live dialogue between sound and movement. The whole thing was recorded with Kinect cameras, and the final video was part of the Serpentine Galleries’ Transformation Marathon.


    Here an introductive text by Ben Vickers and the final video:


    For the recording of Guruji, artist Jude Crilly brought together a group of lone bedroom techno & deep-bass composers, who usually make their sounds by night behind their computer screens. Guruji was recorded, cut and mastered at an all-night techno conjuring session at Cafe OTO, London. In a fully ritualised audio labour—with full soundsystem rig—they join forces to summon the Guruji, a spinning rave digital divinity. She’s like a youtube bedroom dancer; sexy girl, she’s into dubstep, 2-step garage, ambient and house. But through the smoke machine of data, something really happens when she hears the subs. Guruji the Illumination, she comes in hard with the dawn, comes with a special message for the radio.




    PS: the video contains one of the first experiments I’ve done with Vocaloid

  • manuellnon 17:58 on 19 October 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    research paper 

    finally finished, here it is


    Kowloon and the Walled Cloud.pdf


    (I would be happy to get some critical feedback, feel free to tell me I wrote a lot of rubbish)

  • manuellnon 14:44 on 14 October 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    about vocaloid 

    from Vocaloid.wikia:


    VOCALOID began from the simple concept of synthesizing the human vocals for singing. From the start this was never an easy task for the programmers behind the software, but from that beginning VOCALOID™ has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, spawning new musicians, albums, figurines and even concerts.

    There are many different VOCALOIDs, such as KAITO, Hatsune Miku and Aoki Lapis, who sing in Japanese. There are also VOCALOIDs like L♀LA, BIG AL and AVANNA, who sing in English. As of VOCALOID3 there are now VOCALOIDs like Bruno and Clara, who are Spanish, while SeeU is Korean and Luo Tianyi is Chinese.



    Vocaloid is basically a DAW for voice synthesis based on a simple piano roll and a multitrack viewport. You can easily type in lyrics on the notes to get them automatically converted in phonetic symbols.






    My favourite aspect of Vocaloid is the use of preset synthesizers – or “avatars”.One of them – Hatsune Miku – has become a proper pop star; her multimedia franchise includes a software for 3D animation (MikuMikuDance) and her live performance featured the 2014 US tour of Lady Gaga, as opening act.







    I’ve started using Vocaloid a few weeks ago, using MIDI lines from heavy metal guitar solos and an edited text from the lyrics of more than 50 death metal songs; using their descriptions of materials, mutation, transformation of the body. The Vocaloid avatar I’ve been using so far is called Cyber Diva, and is one of the best English speaking synths for Vocaloid:



  • manuellnon 18:41 on 1 October 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    research paper #3 


  • manuellnon 14:15 on 23 September 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    new website 

    I’ve done a new portfolio website, here it is:





  • manuellnon 18:01 on 15 September 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Prozoryy̆ is an archive of recovered data, 3D landscapes, textures and videos.

    Prozori (Russian: прозрачный)
    or Prozoryy̆ (Ukrainian: прозорий) is the fifth-most populous city in Ukraine located in the south central part of the country, 110 kilometers (68 miles) northwest of Odessa, on the lower Prozori River near its confluence with the Dniester River.
    The city was founded in the late 1950s and the massive suburban sprawl followed the post-war boom and the Cold War years.

  • manuellnon 1:21 on 9 September 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Future Breed Machine (Project Proposal) 

    Future Breed Machine


    The Future Breed Machine is a technologized organism composed by bodies, images and data.
    It is the physical trace left by the world of information, as well as the flesh of its cables and
    It embodies in the definitions of multiplicity and contradiction, as an aggregate of different
    identities and cultures.
    It lives on the boundaries of a visual culture collected through a new gesture of the human body:
    the practice of ‘scrolling the data feed’.
    Its shape contains a wide range of values, from geolocation coordinates to bank details.
    It is always interior, so extensive that you rarely perceive limits [1]”; at the same time it is epidermal,
    like a collage of melted skin textures.
    It is a complex system of biological and algorithmic operations.
    It has multiple features in space; it is an erected superstructure, an infrastructure and a smaller
    fully-equipped space entity moving through them.
    It is both a blueprint and a realised project.
    It can last through eternity and it is already a ruin covered in dust.

    1 – Rem Koolhaas, Junkspace, OCTOBER 100, Spring 2002, pp.175-190

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