Jim Andrews
Stardust and Black Coffee

Jim Andrews has published vispo.com http://vispo.com since 1995 as an attempt at a contemporary alternative to the book in merged media.
"The site is supposed to be a rich and telling/showing synthesis of arts, media, and programming. Since 1999 I've been exploring interactive audio for the Web; much of that work is at vispo.com/vismu. A drunken boat of blitbopping interfaces. The idea is to change music. The net has changed music indirectly via file sharing, but I think it will change music more directly. It will change recorded music most directly, the experience of it on a CD hooked to a computer, hooked to the net. Interactive multimedia synthesizers and sequencers are part of the story. It isn't that they vary from the already-done in the sound they make; it's the form of the music and the experience of the music. The form of the music will depart from the already-done in that the experience involves playing with sound-as-object. Composers are used to sound-as-object in how they work with sound on a computer, whether they have chopped it up interactively or not, whether they have mixed it interactively with visuals. But 'Stardust and Black Coffee', which chops up two Sarah Vaughn songs, is not interactive! Ah well, everything in its time. I am currently employed at the University of Victoria, Canada, as a programmer of interactive audio for performing musicians. I'm currently writing the Blitbopper; this is a Director piece that takes MIDI input and responds visually to the music. This piece will have premiered January 29, 2004 at the University of Victoria as part of 'Interactive Futures', a conference focusing on the conjunction of new media and film. In the premiere performance, Steve Gibson will play a set of his music using three MIDI keyboards, Reason, and a MIDI electric guitar. The MIDI information will be pumped into Director and the Blitbopper will respond with the bitmap sequences of Randy Adams, the imaging Lingo effects of Australia's Luke Wigley, and image processing that hopefully will be both percussive, visually funky, and thematically relevant to the music and words by Steve Gibson and Arthur and Marilouise Kroker. Elsewhere, I have an essay on my Shockwave poem/shoot-em-up Arteroids forthcoming in a book on "Screen Play: Film and the Future of Interactive Entertainment" in a special issue of Anomalie edited by Grethe Mitchell and Andy Clarke. I also recently launched Windows for Shockwave 4.0 which is a suite of behaviors for Director developers who want to create windows, menus, and other multi-sprites in their multimedia development projects. This is the first 'com' ponent of vispo.com."