Ritter, Don (2013) “A Flexible Approach For Synchronizing Video With Live Music.”
Leonardo Electronic Almanac--Live Visuals,
Vol 19, No 3. p. 30-43.

Abstract

Performances of synchronous imagery and music have existed for almost 300 years, but they have become popular only in the past 15 years. Syn­chronous imagery and music refers to their simultaneous presentation, but synchronization refers to an interactive correlation between the imagery and music. The article will discuss pioneering works that use synchroniza­tion by examining their strategies for correspondence. An absolute ap­proach to synchronization uses fixed correlations between musical and visual characteristics, but a flexible approach permits the selection of mu­sic, imagery, and forms of correspondence. The paper discusses the char­acteristics of a computer-based system that uses a flexible approach for synchronizing video with live music. This flexible system imposes no specific rules for synchronizing video with music, and it provides a programming environment that enables the creation of a composition using various forms of correspondence. The paper is based on the author’s work since 1988 on the creation of software and performances of video synchronized with live music.

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