The Secret Soup

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Secret Soup Performance in Flint MI


Secret Soup is in Your Shoes, (Multi-Channel Installation) All that Glitters, Solo Project House, Newark NJ


The Secret Soup is a digital real-time system for improvised audiovisual composition. Referencing audiovisual synthesis techniques, custom interfaces control LFO waveforms and looper with 1:1 audiovisual counterpart. Lines move across the frame while the oscillators are played to create an audiovisual gesture.

In a constant state of revision, the process has been realized as solo audiovisual performance, immersive interactive projection mapped installation, gallery installation, and as a score for intermedia performance ensemble.

The improvisatory nature of the score allows for constant recombination, breaking down the relationship between preconceived meanings and conceptions.  Language is sublimated into feeling, tone, texture so the habit of its construction can be stripped and a new way can be found.  Emulating the basic relationships of electronic signals allows me to “speak” in this energy. In this way, new meaning can be explored, probing in real-time for the sudden revelation that can occur through an integrated and fully authentic gesture.

Selected Solo Performances:

12.19.14 Fast Food Collective Presents – Single Channel Cheeseburgers @ Secret Project Robot

2.21.14 Single Channel Cheeseburgers @ Outpost Artist Resources

3.2.14 Distended Cinema @ Outpost Artist Resources

Intermedia Ensemble:

5.2.14 Lab No. 3 @ Launchpad Brooklyn

Gallery Shows:

Jan – March 2014, All that Glitters, Group Gallery Show @ Solo Project House Gateway Center, Newark NJ

June – August 2014, The Luminous Surface @ The Mission for Temporal Art, Marshall, North Carolina

Immersive Installation:

May 2014 Generative Soup, Interactive Tether Ball, Projection Mapped House, commissioned by Disorent for Disorient Country Club, Skandanken NY

August 2014, Free City Flint, Projection Mapped Performance, Flint Michigan


for booking please contact me directly @ eric (dot) drasin (at) gmail (dot) com

The Secret Soup Is In Your Shoes

By | 2014


The Secret Soup Is In Your Shoes (2014)

Solo Project House Gallery @ Gateway Center, Newark NJ

A multi-channel audiovisual installation by Eric Barry Drasin.  Based on the “Secret Soup” performances, this installation fragments and spacializes the piece into an ambient multi channel work that implies a type of healing circle.

The piece consists of 7 looping DVD’s.  The piece is designed to be displayed on 7 sequential television monitors placed on folding chairs, with an eighth empty chair.

About The Secret Soup:

The Secret Soup is a realtime system for improvised audiovisual composition.

The work is improvised as a direct expression of spontaneous ecstatic experience, flickering and shimmering as layers of energy are built up and explored.  Each pass through reveals a new level of complexity as forms grow and evolve.
Referencing audiovisual synthesis techniques, custom digital interfaces control two

oscillators and looper with 1:1 visual counterpart.  Lines move across the frame while the oscillators are played to create an audiovisual gesture.  This gesture is looped and a new gesture is  created forming a call and response using waveforms as

the vernacular.  In this way a tableau is sculpted and layered to create rich tapestries of light and sound.  A narrative of abstract forms emerges as the composition becomes more dense and complex over time.

The piece exists simultaneously as a “living system,”  an immersive installation and a performance.  The system is living, in that it is constantly evolving and new relationships between sound and light are readily mapped as the system changes.  Each performance is both unique to the moment of conception and recorded to preserve that specific iteration.

Readymade Holiday Recycle Station

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I was commissioned by the NY Hall of Science for the “Re-Make the Holidays” event. We designed an interactive video installation where electronic sensors embedded in everyday products would glitch, scratch and warp christmas videos advertising those products.

Producer – Eric Barry Drasin
Programming – Zephyr Prusinski

10/25/09 with Images

By | 2009

Live video performance with Images in support of Genesis P-Ourridge (of Throbbing Gristle) at Purchase College. Live camera by Pete McHugh who crawled around on stage with a flashlight while I processed the live footage with layers of feedback and delay.

Images – Scott Davis, Kai Lord Farmer

Cameraman: Pete McHugh

Video artist: Eric Barry Drasin

Cameron Wisch Collaboration

By | 2009

I created a performance with drummer and friend Cameron Wisch involving acoustic drums, glowsticks, fog machine, live camera, projection, audience participation and audio reactive light processing. Cameron performs on an acoustic drum kit along with laptop
computer as Eric Drasin beams laptop projections onto the audience and
stage. A camera captures the movement of the audience and is analysed
by the laptop to form a ‘feedback loop’ of light, echoing and
enhancing the energy of the room.


Experimental Television Center Performance Grant


4/09 – Hudson Valley Contemporary Art Center – w/ Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt
6/29/09 – Silent Barn
08/09 – The Tank NYC – with Benton-C Bainbridge and Bobby Previte performing “Dialed In.”

Synthetic Miracle – Videodrums Performance

By | 2010, commercial

In late 2010 I developed the first iteration of the Videodrums instrument. This is the first show I played using the system at Troutman Hall in Brooklyn. The Videodrums work by allowing me to trigger and control effect parameters on video clips and audio clips simultaneously through a midi drumset. The drums wound up being the most tactile and fun way to perform video that I’ve encountered so far.

One Minutes

By | 2010

One minutes is a series of one minute audiovisual collaborations between myself and a contemporary composer. This set was done in 2010 with composer Micheal Sperone.  Sets of five will be completed until 50 have been produced, at which time a gallery show will be mounted.  Ongoing works are posted at http://oneminutes.tumblr.com  .

text from DVD jacket:

“In the late spring of 2010, video artist Eric Barry Drasin approached composer Mike Sperone about collaborating on a series of one minute audiovisual compositions. They did not verbally discuss them outside of short emails. They started by creating a single composition that the other would score and then extend another minute. In this way they could start to develop the beginnings of an audiovisual language. In August of 2010 Eric joined Mike for a week at Better Farm in upstate New York where some of this material was also made. “


Simultaneous Invocation

By | 2009

In late 2009 I shot the beginning of an audiovisual score entitled “Simultaneous Invocation.” The piece was never completed but it was realized as an audiovisual composition for videodrums and guitar at Silent Barn in the spring of 2011.