For some time now, the city has been deserted. Looking out at empty streets from your highrise window, it looks like no-one has set foot here in months. The only discernible movement in the dim room you find yourself in is a cat, walking in random patterns, and you’re grateful for the company.
Shockingly, I’m not talking life under stage four restrictions; I’m talking about Neon Cyborg Cat Club, an algorithmic performance piece that draws on developer Edwin Montgomery’s skills as a composer, performer, and sound designer. Released today, the feline musical experience is free to download for the next two weeks. It was developed with the support of a COVID-19 Arts Grant through the City of Melbourne, as an experimental reflection on digital performance, and life in lockdown.