Gisela Gamper

See Hear Now performance

David Gamper – multi-instrument acoustic music with live digital transformation using Max/MSP/Spat and surround sound
Gisela Gamper – live video mixing and multi-stream projection using Isadora on laptops, video mixers, mirrors and servomotor shutters

David and Gisela Gamper’s See Hear Now is a real-time music and video collaboration that seeks to merge the sonic and the visible, and to transport the performers and audience to a transcendent experience. In their individual work, the artists are fascinated by sounds and images from nature and life. To create his live improvisations, David begins with the acoustic sounds he draws from his piano, small instruments and found objects. When he expands this material through live electronic transformations and spatial diffusion they retain the power of natural sound. With a system David developed, Gisela performs her video with the same immediacy as David performs his music. Using multiple video streams, projectors and mirrors, she creates ever evolving visual collages of color, movement and rhythm.

See Hear Now premiered in upstate New York in 1999. The duo was featured in Brooklyn College’s Electroacoustic Music Festival in 2003, the 2004 SOUNDPlay festival in Toronto and in Juilliard’s 2005 Beyond the Machine festival in New York City. Other installations, performances and residencies include the Jack Straw Music Gallery in Seattle, the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In New York City they performed at ISSUE: Project Room’s Sensorium Festival and Floating Points Festival in 2009 and in Roulette’s Festival of Mixology in 2006 and 2008. They released their DVD See Hear Now: Visible Music in 2005.

David Gamper moved freely among the worlds of music performance, improvisation, and electronic instrument design. These passions merge in the performer controlled sound processing environments he has created for himself and other acoustic improvising musicians. David performed and recorded as a member of Deep Listening Band (with Pauline Oliveros and Stuart Dempster) from 1990 to 2011 and appears on many recordings with DLB and others.

Gisela Gamper, prior to her video work with See Hear Now, has been photographing and exhibiting for over 45 years. Gamper exhibited internationally. Among her grants and numerous awards are two fellowship grants from the Vermont Council on the Arts and a Hasselblad Cover Award. Gamper’s photographs are in the collection of the Albany Institute of History & Art in Albany, NY and in many private collections.

In 2014 the duo was awarded The Golden Ear Award by The Deep Listening Institute (now Center for Deep Listening at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY) for their many years of participating in and contributing to the mission of the institute.