Roberts is a memebr of DropBox which is a performance collaborative
organized in 2001. Using video and audio software
instruments in real-time, the duo micromanages original and found
material via loops, non-linear equations and other processes.
only Duct Tape as material, DropBox pulls, rips and stretches the
tape to create a real-time performance. Above is a document of a
performance for the SubTropics Festival at PS742 in Miami Florida
Beta Disco: Godard Remix+
"flattens" Godard's film "Alphaville" (1965)
into a static multimedia database containing every scene, line of
dialogue, sound effect and orchestral score cue. These materials
are organized according to character, location and formal qualities.
A 45-minute real-time performance/remix is realized solely using
live performance represents an alternate, spontaneously improvised,
non-narrative interface to Godard's original work reproduced as
relies on a primary improvisational tool "the remix" while
performing with software of their design. DropBox blends elements
from the "Alphaville" database with an abstract formal
logic, rather than pursuing a narrative drive. DropBox cuts and
pastes, overlaps and overlays, compresses and expands, filters,
re-sequences and links multimedia data into new musical/visual formations.
only materials found in the "virtual" scenes from the
Disney film "Tron" (1982), DropBox creates a multimedia
database of 3D landscapes, animated characters and synthetic sounds.
After organizing the database according to various formal characteristics,
DropBox creates a new interface to the computer world of "Tron"
via a real-time performance employing original software instruments.
"The Soft Bits" stretches and expands the world of "Tron"
into beams of colored light and staccato digital pulses--a meditation
upon the primary language of our technology.