The Depth Control Problem, or Let The Dog Drive represents an exploration of the flatness of surface and depth of space in electronic performance. Drawing from gigabytes of quotidian media sources, these materials are re-presented in in a variety of permutations intended the highlight the mediation of the screen inherent in their nature as well as to place them as ephemeral, electronic objects in physical space.
Additionally, the performance systems used to present these sources reflect the problematized nature of ‘performing’ with media. The presenter(s) on stage work as selector, mediator and real-time producer of materials, though as a disembodied presence distinct from the metaphor of instrumental recital. Control parameters are passed between the audio and video systems, adding the uncertainty of direction to the fluid performance space.
Matthew D. Gantt is a composer and conceptualist based in New York City. His compositional practice focuses on the overlap of procedural systems and the idiosyncrasies of the technology that facilitate them, as well as the relationship between the production and consumption of networked cultural artifacts. Recent projects have included a suite of generative pieces for tape and synthesizer, an eight by eleven foot graphic score for interdisciplinary performance, and a series of VR environments containing procedural motion and spatial sound.
While living in New York, Gantt has performed or presented work at a range of venues, including Roulette, Issue Project Room, Silent Barn, the New Museum and the Stone, and internationally at the IRCAM Academy in Paris, France. He received an MM in composition from the CUNY Brooklyn Center for Computer Music, and currently works as a studio assistant to Morton Subotnick.