Archive for the ‘Musique Concrète’ Category

A Place Other Than Here

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Created by using the Matrix View in Sonar by playing field and generated samples.

turning of the sun inside out (Melodyne recomposition / acousmatic)

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Photo by NASA

turning of the sun inside out is a recomposition of James Bailey’s Turning of the Sun that was accomplished by a very original set up. What I did to his original was stretch the fairly percussive track into something more ambient and rearrange the resulting lines before and after applying Melodyne’s adaptive Just Intonation. The result is quite different from the original and has become this consonant / dissonant tug of war ambient drone-ish piece.

James’ description of his original is as follows: “Contact mic into a little battery amp set to feedback level and turntable set in motion. There’s also some sounds of me moving around in a chair.” The rig is pictured below.

A Trip to the MSI in JI (video)

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

A montage created from a trip to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. All of the audio in this video comes from the visit processed to some degree. The “music” is tuned to Just Intonation by Melodyne. This wide-screen video is best enjoyed full screen since there is significant detail.Untitled

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For Chamber Ensemble, Grain Silo, and Wrecking Ball in 1/4 comma meantone with Video

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

For Chamber Ensemble, Grain Silo, and Wrecking Ball in 1/4 comma meantone is a semi-aleatoric recomposition of midi extracted from a multitrack analog synthesizer piece called “Iron Harvest“.

Using Melodyne Single Track I extracted the midi from each analog synthesizer track. This was rather interesting in itself since non-traditional pitched elements of that performance were interpreted as pitched material. So, for example, a change in filter resonance created an additional pitch. This rich input material was then edited and used as a score for the the ensemble.

The ensemble consists of solo strings (violin, viola, cello, and double bass), solo alto flute, bass trombone, contra-bassoon, bass clarinet and harp (with arpeggio applied) from the Garritan Personal Orchestra sound set with the included 1/4 meantone tuning (below). The video was shot with a Fujifilm exr F660 while on a trip to a different destination, in other words, “a happy accident”.

The sound of the wrecking ball and the collapsing grain silo are used as found sound percussive elements in this piece. The video sound track was cleaned by noise reduction and application of a noise gate to keep most of the sound of the strikes and falls minus the background traffic noise. Pickup truck not provided by Ford Motor Company.

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Full quality video download (374 MB)

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1/4-comma meantone scale. Pietro Aaron's temp. (1523). 6/5 beats twice 3/2      

And War Itself Shall End

Saturday, July 12th, 2014


And War Itself is an early attempt at musique concrète
This was recorded/performed in 1983 and I used reel-to-reel, cassette tape, LP records and a HP-85 with 16k of ram, custom HP 8bit CPU @ 0.613MHz, running a BASIC program I made, recorded at the lab at work.

Probably most notable for being so old and crude.
And perhaps the nuclear explosion towards the end.

Hewlett-Packard who unwittingly placed a reasonable sound interface on a scientific personal computer that was -supposed- to be acquiring data from a gas chromatograph.

Various effects records and a JFK speech manipulate via tape and a cheap Radio Shack 4 mono channel mixer