By drawing on the iPad screen with your fingers, you create dense sonic and visual patterns within a space of warm, bright, rhythmic sound design and constantly evolving, bending, elegant scrawls.

The iPad application Thicket is an audiovisual world of texture, movement, line and tone. By drawing on the screen with your fingers, you create dense, mesmerizing sonic and visual patterns within a space of warm, bright, rhythmic sound design and constantly evolving, bending, elegant scrawls.

Thicket has a single, unified gestural interface for controlling both sound and picture. There are no knobs, sliders, or buttons. Thicket aims to be expressive and intuitive, working with the grain of the touch screen interface, and moving away from the point and click paradigm of traditional software interfaces.

Thicket is not a tool, it is a piece of art. Therefore, Thicket is not open-ended, and guides the user strongly toward a particular audio and visual aesthetic. Thicket’s basic sound and visual palette are fixed, but the user has a freedom to explore within these fixed palletes.

The audience can download this software to their iPads and have to pay a small fee for this. At the Sonic Interaction Design Exhibition, iPads with headphones and with Thicket installed are available for the audience to experience the piece.

Biography

Audio-Visual duo Joshue Ott and Morgan Packard's work, while often quite abstract, daring and experimental, is informed by the discipline, structure, and craft of their former study in more traditional art forms — figurative drawing, classical harmony and counterpoint, theater, jazz improvisation. The result is an immersive, engrossing multi-sensory experience with fascinating strength and agility.

Over the past several years, both Ott and Packard have emerged as exciting new voices in the experimental electronica and live cinema scenes, both as individual artists and as a collaborative duo. Recent highlights include performances at prestigious festivals: Mutek (Montreal, Canada), Plateaux (Torun, Poland), Communikey (Boulder, Colorado), a collaborative DVD release: "Unsimulatable", and an iPhone/iPad app: "Thicket".

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