In the film industry, the practice of mimicking visual action with music is known as “Mickey Mousing,” an acknowledgment that in the cartoon world, every footstep and head swivel is accompanied by the appropriate cue. Bill Hsu, an associate professor of computer science at San Francisco State University, works in the opposite direction. He’s devised a system of “audio reactive animations” which move in response to music. He’ll show off his system on Tuesday night with three improvisers whose every sonic gesture will trigger Hsu’s animated shapes, colors and textures: New Zealand-born, Mexico City-based guitarist and bari horn player Misha Marks; Korean-American electronic musician Bonnie Jones; and German musician Birgit Ulher, who works with manipulated trumpet sounds.
Tue., Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m., $8, with Flandrew Fleisenberg/Bonnie Kane/Joo Won Park, Highwire Gallery, 2040 Frankford Ave., museumfire.com/events.
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