Tacit Group Brings Laptops to Lincoln Center

Tacit Group, a laptop-based audiovisual performance collective, put on a clinical, lab-like show at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center as part of the Target Free Thursdays series. The Korean group used real-time projection, algorithms, games and programmed artwork to perform original and borrowed music. It felt as though Kraftwerk directed an Apple commercial in an internet gaming cafe.

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Tacit Group is an audiovisual collective from Korea that uses laptops to create algorithmic composition and live visual art.
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They performed Terry Riley's "In C" at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center as part of the Target Free Thursdays series.
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All of Tacit Group's members were intently focused throughout the performance, clicking away.
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The setup of the group made for an ominous, clinical vibe. It almost felt as if it was an Apple commercial directed by members of Kraftwerk.
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Live projections displayed what each individual member was creating or working on at any given moment, whether it was a note, rhythm or amplitude change.
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Though the majority of Tacit Group's members are male, two women joined the ranks and were the victors when it came time for the group to turn Tetris into music in a piece they call "Game Over."
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The technical staff of the Atrium and Tacit Group watched intently as projections seamlessly mesmerized the audience.
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At times it felt like the group's members were slaving away at a music tech homework assignment.
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An audience member watched from afar as solfege syllables were projected across the screen.
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Projections ranged from a minimal and matrix-like black and green to a vibrant magenta and white.
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Once the compositions switched to game-like scenarios where the group's members were almost competing, emotions began to show.
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MacBook Pros for everyone.
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In one such game, each player had a unique username and communicated to each other via chat messages in front of the audience.
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Smirks and glances were shared between group members as insults and funny commands were projected.
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In a true face-off, a classic puzzle-game was created out of two player's faces. Algorithmic music played as the tiles were moved around.
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Tacit Group did a wonderful job turning simple games into complex compositions.
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The group finished the evening with "Game Over," a piece which calls upon Tetris to create yet more algorithmic compositions.
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The Atrium was a lovely and spacious venue for the performance.
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Game on.
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Players who lost were lit up in red LEDs of shame as their competitors moved onward.
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