Bill Hsu's Art/technology Projects
Bill Hsu's art/technology projects

I work with electronics and real-time animation systems. I am interested in real-time performance systems that have some of the live, tactile qualities of good human musicians playing acoustic instruments. My work mostly involves using gestural interfaces to control animation and sound synthesis, and building real-time audio-visual systems that interact with human performers. In particular, I am inspired by improvisers who have developed rich palettes of extended techniques.

I've built systems, tools, installations and compositions in collaboration with Peter van Bergen, Chris Burns, John Butcher, James Fei, Matt Heckert, Lynn Hershman, Paula Levine, Jeremy Mende, and Gino Robair, among other fine musicians. I've performed and exhibited work in the US, Asia, Europe, and Australia, including Outsound Summit 2015 (San Francisco), Garden of Memory 2015 (Oakland), xCoAx 2014 (Porto), Blurred Edges festival 2014 (Hamburg), Zero1 Garage (San Jose), SOMArts Gallery (San Francisco), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), Sonic Circuits Festival 2013 (Washington DC), San Francisco Electronic Music Festival 2013, ACM Creativity and Cognition 2013 (Sydney), Music Metacreation Weekend 2013 (Sydney), NIME 2013 (Daejeon/Seoul, Korea), NIME 2012 (Ann Arbor, MI), Festival art::archive::architectures (ZKM, Karlsruhe), NIME 2011 (Oslo), Punto y Raya Festival 2009 (Barcelona), 2011 (Madrid), 2014 (Reykjavik), Sound and Music Computing 2009 (Porto), Harvestworks Festival 2009 (New York), Fete Quaqua 2008 (London), MIX Festival 2007, 2009 and 2013 (New York), NIME 2007 (New York), Stimme+ 2006 (ZKM, Karlsruhe), and the First Hong Kong Improvised Performance Festial 2005. I am a founding member of the Beanbender's collective, which organized over 150 concerts of new music in the San Francisco Bay area.

with John Butcher at CNMAT,
Berkeley, 6/13/2008


Media:
Audio-visual improvisation system demos
Audio reactive animations
Selected concert videos
Audio clips for interactive music improvisation system
Videos of Matt Heckert's machines (I wrote software for the Rotifiers (Centripetal Sound), Fencers, and Chainboxes (SFEMF 2005))
Press:
Review of performance at Center for New Music at examiner.com, 9/5/2014
Short video article on EmptyScape performance, arts-news.net, 5/2014 (in Cantonese)
Short article on performance with Birgit Ulher, Bonnie Jones and Misha Marks, Philadelpha City Paper, 9/2013
Article on Real-time Finite Difference Sound Synthesis on GPUs at hpcwire.com, 7/16/2013
Article on Real-time Finite Difference Sound Synthesis on GPUs at slashdot.org, 6/2013
Interview with Jeremy Mende on our summer 2012 collaboration at huffingtonpost.com
Video interview with Ludger Brummer, ZKM, Karlsruhe, 6/30/2011
Review of 3/13/2011 ATA performance
Interview with John Littler at mstation.org


Recent and upcoming technology/art activities:

Presentation and Performance with John Butcher at International Conference on Live Interfaces, Brighton, UK, 6/29-7/3, 2016 [more info]
City-to-City installation (by Paula Levine, Lee Periolat and Bill Hsu)
          in Art Faculty Exhibition, Fine Arts Building Room 238, SFSU, San Francisco, 2/23-3/17, 2016 [more info] [video demo] [project website]

2015:
Presentation with Paula Levine on City-to-city installation, ISEA 2015, Vancouver, BC, 8/14-18, 2015 [more info]
Audiovisual performance with James Fei and Gino Robair, Outsound Summit, Community Music Center, San Francisco, 8/1/2015 [more info] [video]
Audiovisual performance with Kyle Bruckmann and Gino Robair, Garden of Memory, Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, 6/21/2015 [more info here; review here]

2014:
Audiovisual performance with Chris Burns, in "Distributed Agency and Musical Metacreation", 2014 Computer Music Journal Sound and Video Anthology. Computer Music Journal 38(4), December 2014. [more info]
Performance with Birgit Ulher and Jacob Felix Heule at Artists' Television Access, San Francisco, 9/30/2014 [more info]
Performance with Birgit Ulher and Grosse Abfahrt at Center for New Music, San Franciso, 9/27/2014 [more info]
(Birgit Ulher's visit is co-sponsored by the Goethe Institute)

Performance with James Fei, Gino Robair, and special guest percussionist from Israel, at Center for New Music, San Franciso, 9/4/2014 [more info]
Performance and Presentation with Chris Burns at xCoAx 2014, Porto, Portugal, 6/26-27/2014
Processing workshops at N.K., Berlin, 5/25 and 6/1/2014 [more info here and here]
Installation I touch your salt, I see your futures and Performance at Blurred Edges festival, Hamburg, 5/2 - 3/2014 [watch video]
Performance with Chris Burns at Quiet Cue, Berlin, 4/26/2014 [watch video]
Performance with Thomas Miley and Silvia Matheus at Center for New Music, San Francisco, 4/13/2014 [more info]
Visual programming workshop with SFSU student chapter of ACM, SFSU, 4/11/2014 [more info]
Performance with Nelson Hiu and Sze Ka Yan, EmptySCape project, Hong Kong, 3/30/2014 [more info] [video article in Cantonese]
Talk at School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, 3/11/2014
Talk by Jeremy Mende on our installations at Leonardo Art Science Evenings, Fromm Hall 115, University of San Francisco, 3/10/2014 [more info]
Screening of Flayed/Flock (Version 10/2013) in Official Competition of Punto y Raya Festival, Reykjavik, 1/30 - 2/2/2014 [more info]
Opening reception for Paula Levine's City-to-City installation (sound design and software by Bill Hsu)
           Fellowship/x exhibition, ZERO1 Garage, San Jose, 1/22/2014 [more info] [video demo] [project website]
Installation Narcissus 2 by Jeremy Mende and Bill Hsu, in All Possible Futures, SOMArts Gallery, San Francisco, 1/14-2/13, 2014
           [more info] [video demo]

2013:
Invited talk with Marc Sosnick on real-time GPU sound synthesis at Acoustical Society of America meeting, San Francisco, 12/6/2013 [more info]
Performance at Dissident Futures Art and Ideas Festival, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts screening room, San Francisco, 11/23/2013 [more info]
Performance at MIX Festival, New York, 11/12-17, 2013
Presentation at Conceptual and Information Arts series, Fine Arts 544, SFSU, 11/5/2013
Performance with Ollie Bown and raven at Artists' Television Access, San Francisco, 11/3/2013 [more info]
Performance with Ollie Bown and raven at Codame Art+Tech Festival, San Francisco, 11/2/2013 [more info]
Performance with Birgit Ulher and Forbes Graham at Sonic Circuits, Washington DC, 10/4/2013 [more info]
Performance with Birgit Ulher and Ernst Karel, Goethe Institute, Boston, 9/28/2013 [more info]
BARBS (Birgit ulher/Andrew dRury/Bill hSu) performance, Harvestworks, New York, 9/26/2013 [more info] [video]
Performance with Birgit Ulher and Bonnie Jones, Fire Museum, Philadelphia, 9/24/2013 [more info]
Performance with EKG at San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Brava! Theater Center, 9/14/2013 [more info]
Demo at Touch the Gear, Community Music Center, 544 Capp Street, San Francisco, 7/21/2013 [more info]
Performance of Flow Forms with Laura Altman and Monica Brooks, at ACM Creativity and Cognition, Sydney, Australia, 6/19/2013 [more info]
Performance of Figment with Laura Altman at Music Metacreation Weekend, Sydney, Australia, 6/15/2013
Talk by Jeremy Mende on our installation Narcissus at Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezous, Stanford University, Palo Alto, 6/6/2013 [more info]
Performance with Chris Burns at NIME 2013, Daejeon/Seoul, Korea, 5/27-30, 2013
Performance with Chris Burns at Center for New Music, San Francisco, 5/14/2013 [more info]
Installation at Ableton Live 9 Launch Party, Public Works, San Francisco, 4/4/2013 [more info]
Performance with SFSU Contemporary Music Ensemble, Knuth Hall, SFSU, 3/18/2013
Performance at The News, SOMARTS Gallery, 3/5/2013 [more info]
Performance with James Fei and Gino Robair at Songlines series, Mills College, Oakland, 2/25/2013 [more info]

2012:
Visual programming workshop with SFSU student chapter of ACM, 11/16/2012 [some code]
Performance with SFSU Contemporary Music Ensemble, Knuth Hall, SFSU, 10/17/2012
Performance with Gino Robair and special guests, at CNMAT, Berkeley CA, 9/23/2012 [more info]
Interactive video for Jeremy Mende's installation, Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin CA, 7/29/2012 [more info] [video]
Video performance at ssshhhh!, Alameda Public Library, Alameda CA, 7/7/2012
Performance of Flue with Mike Khoury and Matt Endahl, NIME 2012, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 5/21-23, 2012 [video]
Performance with SFSU Contemporary Music Ensemble, Knuth Hall, SFSU, 4/16/2012
Performance with Tony Dryer, Jacob Heule, and special guests from Norway, Artists' Television Access, San Francisco, 3/23/2012 [more info]
Visual programming and interfacing workshop with SFSU student chapter of ACM, SFSU, 3/2/2012 [Processing examples] [more info]
Processing tutorial at California College of the Arts, San Francisco, 2/25/2012

Selected events before 2012
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