Echolocation (San Francisco) by Juan Miguel de Joya & George Hurd at 3D Web Fest
The third annual 3D Web Fest is a fundraiser benefiting non-profit CODAME ART+TECH whose mission is to embrace innovation through creativity, play, and collaboration between companies, artists and technologists, building immersive, engaging, out of the ordinary experiences.
“Echolocation (San Francisco)” is one of those projects!
“Echolocation (San Francisco)” is a live music/performance collaboration between Juan Miguel de Joya and George Hurd featuring mixed media, WebGL visualizations, and lasers. The performance is focused on representing the city of San Francisco and the dichotomy of its identity, with the intent of exploring both the tensions that have arisen because of the conflicting nature of its identity as a hub of progress, technology, and culture and how those different aspects of the city connect together to tell a larger story of the city, its people, and the unique heartbeat that binds us all together.
George Hurd is a San Francisco-based composer whose work focuses on chamber music, electronic music, and the fascinating world where they intersect. He heads The Hurd Ensemble, an electro-acoustic chamber group made up of some of the Bay Area’s best musicians, dedicated to performing his compositions for chamber ensemble and electronics. His work often fixates on the role of memory in music, using electronic sounds that are made entirely by him, recorded from his life and on his travels, each encapsulating a memory from the place and time they were recorded.
He writes extensively for dance, including a score for LEVYdance/Loni Landon Dance Projects called Meet Me Normal, and a solo electronics piece for Kinetech Arts called the murmur of yearning. In addition to his work with his ensemble, he has composed over a dozen electro-acoustic pieces, many acoustic chamber music pieces, and a sprawling catalog of works for solo electronics.
His debut album with The Hurd Ensemble, Navigation Without Numbers, was released on Innova Recordings and includes a composition for violin and electronics written for the brilliant violinist/composer Carla Kihlstedt. He has written numerous film scores including the feature-length doc Freeing Bernie Baran, and is currently co-composing film scores with composer Mark Orton. He recently began an all-electronic duo with fellow composer Joel St. Julien called Nightmare Light that just released its debut EP.
His newest endeavor is Echolocation, a travel-based subscription project that focuses on his music made from location-specific audio recordings captured while traveling. Learn more at codame.com/artists/george-hurd.
Juan Miguel de Joya is VR Technical Director for DigitalFish and Google Spotlight Stories, software developer for machine learning and mixed reality at The Luke Hand Project, part of ACM SIGGRAPH in multiple leadership roles leading into 2019, and on the ACM Practitioner’s Board Professional Development Committee. Though Juan’s primary field of work has been in physics simulations and animation, he’s currently engaged with VR/AR, machine learning, low-level graphics programming, and the human, social, and artistic impact of computing.
Juan is heavily invested in understanding the human impact of computing technologies and practices through his work with the ACM, and continually aspire to learn more about both the technical and aesthetic applications of computer graphics and interactive techniques.