Archive for the ‘ambient’ Category

Harmonic Series Piano

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

Raw harmonic series tuned piano

Here is how this piece was made. I played a 12 string electric guitar with a Wampler sustain pedal and Roland Space Echo pedal. Normalized, and reversed that track. Then I used Melodyne to extract a polyphonic midi representation – more or less that same as what the guitar sounded like. Then I added a midi echo effect that is called echo delay which also has a swing setting. The midi output of that was chained into Sonar’s track midi quantization and additional arpeggiator. This midi stream was then into to Kontakt with the tuning set to the harmonic series as show in the photo below.

Unboxed – for percussion, bowed piano and manipulated voice

Saturday, April 1st, 2017



Unboxed – for percussion, bowed piano and manipulated voice in 10,15,and 5 edo

Micronation (Melodyne processed aeolian harp )

Saturday, March 11th, 2017



Micronation is an audio experiment where I took a ~30 seconds of aeolian harp captured during a high wind event and used Melodyne to determine each of four root notes by frequency. [The strings were tuned justly by ear but drift after several hours exposure to the elements outside, especially due to temperature changes] Then I used Paul’s Extreme Sound Stretch to isolation each vertical harmonic structure based upon the roots determined by Melodyne (10 harmonics high by 25 cents wide)and exporting the four files. Then I used Sonar to sequence the exported wav files and applied reverb, EQ, and tape simulation. The experimentally determined roots are 92 Hz, 118 Hz[59/46], 140 Hz[35/23], and 184 Hz [ 2/1 the octave of 92].

This is not art.

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

audio only polytuned synthesizers and thunderstorm

The Era of Fake News

Saturday, February 18th, 2017


The Era of Fake News was done by using a 70’s fuzz pedal with a cardioid mic to sample gongs, cymbals, singing bowls and chimes. These samples were then loaded into Sonar’s Matrix View and used to create a performance which was captured. Massive reverb was added.


The Era of Fake News Sanatized is the same track using Paul’s Extreme Stretch’s tonal only switch – no time stretching.

If you want to sample it – please give me a credit and link back.

nearly an eternity

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Picture by Chris Vaisvil


nearly an eternity – processed electric aeolian harp

Tuning as per Melodyne analysis

King Island [Alaska] (ambient bass)

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

King Island (Bering Sea, Alaska, USA; 64°58‘9’N, 168°3‘56‘‘W)

Ambient 6 string bass and Guitar Rig 5

december harp (aeolian harp)

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

You can see the tuning in Melodyne


december harp

Remove and Discard (12 of 17 et)

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016


Photo by Chris Vaisvil


Remove and Discard is an ambient LinnStrument sequencer and performance combination piece using the Scale collection 12 of 17 et tuning.

! 12-17.scl
!
12 out of 17-tET, chain of fifths
12
!
70.58824
141.17647
282.35294
352.94118
494.11765
564.70588
635.29412
776.47059
847.05882
988.23529
1058.82353
2/1

A Figure in a Field

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

A Figure in a Field
A Figure in a Field – photo from Vaisvil family album

Artist’s description:
I’m working on a new album that I’m pretty sure will be all ambient-ish – well my take on ambient.

I’m releasing this here as a preview.

Contributors: a family figure in a field, Linnstrument, Absynth, Brazile, Diva, Sonar, John O’Sullivan’s Eagle Just Intonation tuning
! D:\cakewalk\scales\eagle_JI.scl
!
Eagle JI
12
!
16/15
9/8
6/5
5/4
4/3
7/5
3/2
8/5
5/3
9/5
15/8
2/1