Composing Visual Music with Tarik Barri and Lea Fabrikant
– Gray Area Festival Workshop

Composing Visual Music with Tarik Barri and Lea Fabrikant
– Gray Area Festival Workshop

Audiovisual composer and software developer Tarik Barry and interdisciplinary artist Lea Fabrikant lead this hands-on workshop for visual artists and musicians of all levels. As audiovisual duo Zo, they create a 3-dimensional universe of sound and light, manipulated in real time through improvised symbiotic performances.
Videosync—the Ableton Live visual add-on software that Tarik Barry developed—lets non-programmers have intuitive and precise control over visuals that live on a musical timeline and respond to midi inputs.

Over the course of this in-person 6-hour long workshop, you’ll experiment in creating your own audiovisual universe with Videosync, and dive deep into the many possibilities its features offer.

This workshop is part of the Gray Area Festival 2022: Distant Early Warnings.

Zo will perform on Saturday, September 24, as part of the Festival Performances. Get tickets.

Now in its 8th year, this year’s Gray Area Festival partners with the McLuhan Institute to explore artistic practice as an important sensing agent in a world of rapidly evolving media and technology. Building off work by media theorist Marshall McLuhan, who in 1964 compared artists to Cold War–era distant early warning systems which were designed to raise alarms at signs of impending nuclear catastrophe, this festival stakes a role for arts and technology experimentation as a critical research & development department for society.

Course Logistics

Dates
Sunday, September 25, 2022

Location

Gray Area
2665 Mission Street
San Francisco

Time
12PM – 6PM

Cost
$160 for a 6hr hands-on workshop (Limited to 12 students)

We also offer Diversity Scholarships, find out more and apply here

Experience level: Beginner to advanced – this is for all levels.

Course Requirements:
• Some experience with Ableton is helpful, but not necessary.
• Bring a Mac laptop with Ableton Live 11 Suite installed. This may be a demo version.

Course Outline

  • First we’ll introduce ourselves and talk about our projects and thought process
  • Next we’ll introduce Videosync and do a live demo presenting the visual capabilities and all the different kinds of audiovisual connections that can be achieved
  • Then attendees will experiment with Videosync and be guided through the process.

Education Goals

Develop a very practical understanding of how to create (audio)visual compositions with Videosync. Learn how to crop, map, bend, and shape your image, blend audiovisual tracks, program visual instruments and script video effects with automation.

About Technologies

Videosync is a software that acts as a visual add-on to Ableton Live, and allows non-programmers to have intuitive, precise control over visuals that live on a musical timeline and respond to midi inputs. This is ideal for creating and improvising audiovisual works, but also works as a method to create live visuals without any audio component.


Instructor(s)

Tarik Barri is an audiovisual composer and software developer. Programming since childhood, making electronic music since his teens, and becoming fascinated with visuals since his early 20’s, he combined these elements into a single art form, exploring the similarities and differences between sound and visuals as well as the novel phenomena resulting from their synthesis. Barri regularly performs with artists such as Sote, Thom Yorke and Paul Jebanasam, and has previously toured with Robert Henke and Nicolas Jaar. He’s part of the team programming Videosync, a software that acts as a visual add-on to Ableton Live, and allows non-programmers to have intuitive, precise control over visuals that live on musical timeline and respond to midi inputs. This is ideal for creating and improvising audiovisual works, but also works as a method to create live visuals without any audio component.

Interdisciplinary artist. Creates, destroys, improvises and compiles expressions/errors in between sound, image and technology. Using her voice, instruments and various materials, her analogue improvisations are mixed, distorted and focused through the lens of digital worlds. As a result her works meld the familiar and the hyper-abstract as they exist side by side.