As you have no doubt noticed, we live in a time in which our lives are frequently documented through video and photography, whether we wish that were so or not. Of the various videos about my work that have been turning up around the Web, here are links to a few that I actually like:
The Reach of Resonance: documentary trailer.
Water Music: Jose Rose up to his usual crazy tricks.
Bob Ostertag – Fred Frith duo, Oakland, 2011.
Interview by Derk Richardson before a live audience at the San Francisco Museum of Performance & Design Performing Arts Library, on May 27, 2007. “Ostertag concentrates his remarks on the evolution of electronic music, what constitutes a performance, and the inherent tension between body and machine.” Part of the Improv:21 series sponsored by ROVA:Arts.
The following are videos of complete performances. The audio in these recordings come from room mics and is not professional quality. However, the video may provide a sense of what the performances are.
- Complete virtual synthesizer improvisation at Echofluxx 16 Festival, Prague, 2015.
- Complete performance of A Book of Hours at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, March 2016.
- Complete performance of Sooner or Later at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, March 2016.
Living Cinema is the longstanding improvisational cinema project of Bob Ostertag and Pierre Hébert. In the performances, the two create an animated “movie”with soundtrack, live onstage, and project it as they go. The project is very much a live event, and cannot be fully captured in a video recording. However, the following excerpts may be used to get some idea of what the project is all about:
- Excerpt from a performance of Endangered Species, Open Ear Festival, Ontario Canada, 2005.
- First excerpt from Between Science and Garbage (available from Tzadik on DVD).
- Second excerpt from Between Science and Garbage (available from Tzadik on DVD).