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March 5, 2014 at 2:59 PM

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Heading South by Southwest from Seattle


BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Garrett Moore, drummer for local experimental psych-rock band Midday Veil, plays with the group Sunday March 2, 2014 at Chop Suey in Seattle, lit up in a projection by artist Benjamin Van Citters. The show was a kickoff to their spring tour and a sendoff for the band's third trip to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Van Citters, the artist who created the projection that they'll be using for the tour, has been doing "algorithmic art" in Seattle for the last few years, collaborating with bands and installing art at Bumbershoot and the Bellevue Art Museum, among others. He coded software that plays on "datamoshing", in which compressed video from a live video stream of the band's performance is deconstructed and mixed with classical painting renderings from Gustave Doré, Robert Crumb, Caravaggio and others. "In this way, the musicians on screen become the paintings and the paintings become the musicians in a unique way for every show," Van Citters said.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

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