Constant Crisis


Constant Crisis is a collaboration between video artist/ programmer Alex Nathanson and violinist/ composer Dylan Neely.

The project explores the idea of constantly reoccurring crises. The idea of a crisis is that it is a break from the everyday, normal environment. When the frequency of crisis reaches the point where it is continuous it is no longer a crisis, but the new environment.

Both the video and audio electronics were created in Max/MSP/Jitter. Live violin is brought into Max for processing before being output. All of the video compositing and animation is created in Max/ MSP/ Jitter using openGL. Additionally, a custom video controller made from a bicycle wheel and Arduino is used to control video play and as a percussive instrument.

How did this project use Max?

Both the video and audio electronics were created in Max/MSP/Jitter. Live violin is brought into Max for processing before being output. All of the video compositing and animation is created in Max/ MSP/ Jitter using openGL. The interactions between sound and video are facilitated using Max's OSC protocols. Additionally, a custom video controller made from a bicycle wheel and Arduino is used to control video play and as a percussive instrument through Max's serial port.