Ladybug was created, concept to finish, in the course of a single, sun-drenched week in March 2007. The video, edited into a three-minute short, is of a game of ball and jacks played on a picnic table in Tilden Park. From audio recordings of the same ball and jacks game (with the additional “instrument” of a glass bowl) I compiled a selection of sound files. I fed these into a Max patch that processed the sounds randomly (per my pre-determined “musical” parameters) so that sample rates and structural crossfades were a surprise, every time. Later that summer, Anne Hege and I incorporated Ladybug into our show, The Children’s Hour.

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