Composer Brian Wenner (Prism House) and I have been collaborating since 2011. In addition to numerous live shows and online video premieres, we have also lent our talents to theatre, dance, and installation art.
Since the beginning of our partnership, I have always used my own software for live video playback and effects processing during our performances. Initially, I used only applications I authored in Cycling 74's Max/MSP visual programming language. As I became a stronger coder, the open-source language known as Processing became central to my practice. Currently, I use applications I've created in the C++ computer graphics and prototyping library known as OpenFrameworks.
Documentation of our performance at Elsewhere in Brooklyn, December 2019.
Excerpts from our 40-minute video work SEPARATOR (2019).
Video for "Waiting" from Momentum (2017).
Video for "Solace in Silence" from Momentum (2017).
Excerpts from the dance-theatre production Stairway to Stardom (2017), a collaboration with Prism House, cakeface, and myself.
Projection content from the dance-theatre production Stairway to Stardom (2017).
Video for "The Skyline Breathes Tonight" from Landfall (2014).
Live video for "Need You (Part I)" from Reflections (2013). Recorded in Brooklyn for Vice's Creator's Project.
Video for "My Love" from Reflections (2013).
Prism House was once the name of a group I founded with Pia Blumenthal at NYU in 2010. We shared an interest in musical visualization and decided to form a band.
The initial form of Prism House was as an improvisational audio-visual music group with Pia creating real-time video effects and myself making the music.
It was during my time with Pia that I developed my vocal-based approach to improvisational music, using a combination of live looping, drum machines, custom software, and overtone singing.
While I had been experimenting with throat-singing on my own, it wasn't until I received instruction from musician Helen Yee while collaborating on a live score for a play in NYC that I was able to achieve the sub-octave effect heard in traditional Buddhist chanting.
Once Pia graduated from NYU, electronic musician Brian Wenner and I began to collaborate. Unlike before, however, I moved over to creating live video art. Since then, Brian has carried on the name.
Videos (First Lineup with Matt O'Hare + Pia Blumenthal)