Portraits of Change bends reality and creates impossible visual wonders driven through harmonic information captured in realtime. Utilizing Mixed Reality and MIDI technologies, we can contribute towards the innovative musical heritage of jazz by introducing a new medium of live music visualization. Learn more about what all these words mean below!

Mixed Reality

New developments in multimedia have introduced a new way to watch movies, play games, and experience the world. It is called Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). Together, we get Mixed Reality (MR). This new technology tracks the movement of your head while 2 displays (one for each eye) create a 3 dimensional experience that allows users to see a new world all around them. If TV’s were looking through a window, VR is climbing out of one.

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Music Technology

Live looping. MIDI controllers. Electric Trumpet. Ableton Live 10 will be used for most on-stage audio manipulation. This incredibly powerful Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) can do amazing things. Paired with other cutting-edge technology, the sonic possibilities of new sound is expanded well beyond the scope of traditional jazz.

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Music Composition

Portraits of Change will feature 6 different pieces of music that have been influential or innovative to Jazz in some way. Each piece will vary in style, genre, and instrumentation quite radically to emulate the innovative heritage of jazz, and expand it.

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Jazz-the Music of Innovation

What evolved between a confrontation in culture led to a syncretism of art. As technology continues to develop in both the music world and in other fields, there arises a need to continue Jazz's cultural heritage in new, dynamic ways.

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