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ShiroSchwarz BeatStep y Quartz Composer (español)

ShiroSchwarz BeatStep y Quartz Composer (español)


Hi, I’m Pammela Rojas, singer and visual artist of Shiro Schwarz Shiro Schwarz is an audiovisual project inspired by 80s funk and boogie Rafael Marfil and I started the project in 2011. Since the beginning of our collaboration, I have been very interested in the use of technology to control visuals in real-time The advantage of using the BeatStep is that it includes a sequencer and I can interact with it directly Before, mi visual compositions were less dynamic I created defined scenes and could only interact with certain elements in real-time Now, I have more control over the elements of my composition and the interaction with the music is more evident What we do to have the visuals react with more precision is to sync the BeatStep’s tempo to Rafael’s computer while having it connected to mine to control the visuals I create the visuals on Quartz Composer and it is very easy to assign MIDI messages to elements in the composition For example, open Quartz Composer and create a new blank composition On the left side you can find the library, on the center we have an editor, and on the right side the parameter inspector Now, we are going to import the objects that we need from the library, in this case a Cube and a MIDI Receiver By using MIDI Monitor we can know exactly which note is being sent by which pad. If it is not the desired note, we can change it directly within the MIDI Control Center Editor Finally, we write the​ note number, MIDI channel and the name of our MIDI controller in the MIDI Receiver object, then we connect its output to the “Enable” input of the Cube object. Now, each time the BeatStep sends that particular note, our cube will appear Another advantage of using the BeatStep is that I can save the sequences I create and switch between them to achieve a more dynamic performance Apart from acting as a sequencer it has a controller mode that I can activate effects with, and as the pads are very responsive, it makes it much more dynamic We are Shiro Schwarz

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