EPIC_Tom, interspecies score and performance (approx. 30 min), 2014-ongoing.
In collaboration with Simon Lysander Overstall and Tom

—video shows an excerpt of a performance at Pixelache 2016: Interfaces for Empathy, Helsinki, Finland, September 24, with participating musicians—Erkki Joutseno on percussion, and Grisell Macdonal on standing bass.—

EPIC_Tom uses a live audio-video score based on a phrase of 5 utterances vocalized by Tom,* extended to a 30 minute live soundscape of 5 movements. There are live visuals to accompany the  movements, consisting of  an animation of Tom with visual effects representing his canine state of mind. Electro-acoustic techniques are used on the recordings of Tom’s voice to output a sonic score for participating human musicians’ to accompany. The project is intended to be participatory where musicians from the host city improvise with the sonic and visual score. The musicians are asked to consider what a dog is experiencing the moment just before catching a ball. Could it be proto-euphoric—eager, expectant, desirous?

* Recording of Tom’s vocals that is the basis of the score:

Production Team

Tom: concept, actor, vocals
Julie Andreyev: theremin + visual performance
Simon Overstall: electro-acoustic performance
Jay White: animation of Tom
Richard Overington + Hyuma Frankowski: motion capture support

performances + exhibitions:

Associated publications:

Andreyev, Julie. “Responding to Dogs.” Humanimalia: a journal of human / animal interface studies, Vol. 8, number 22, Spring 2017, DePauw University (USA). Web. http://www.depauw.edu/site/humanimalia/

Leong, Penny. “Other Beings, Julie Andreyev.” Espace 121 Animal Point of View, hiver/winter 2019, Montreal.

Supported by:

Intersections Digital Studios, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver.
VIVO Media Arts, Vancouver
Neutral Ground Contemporary Art Forum, Regina, Canada