Archive for the ‘unconstrained’ Category

off tracks age

Friday, November 4th, 2016

off_tracks_age

photo by Chris Vaisvil

off tracks age is an aeolian harp sample that was recomposed by using Melodyne 4’s adaptive Just Intonation and rhythm normalization functions and then the exported result was modified using Native Instrument’s Guitar Rig 5 and Cakewalk Sonar’s Breverb.

fanfare for a helium shrouded exoplanet

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

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fanfare for a helium shrouded exoplanet (unconstrained pitch and percussion) for two ebows and two spring reverb units. Reverb unit MOD P-RMOD-8AB2A1B ($26 – 3 short springs) and Gibbs Manufacturing and Research unit salvaged from a Sears silver tone organ ($0 – 4 spring joined to make 2 long springs) – two tracks with each spring reverberation unit played by two ebows. In the midst of all of the noise incredible resonances with and without beating occur.

Cameron Bobro did something I thought impossible – used this piece as a ground to improvise clarinet over!

Iron Harvest (Unconstrained Tuning Experimental)

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

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Iron Harvest for analog modular synthesizer (Korg MS-20 mini) and aural – hand control feedback loop x4

The title refers to the unexploded shells (poison gas and conventional) barb wire and other debris from world war one since found in the fields of France and Belgium. click the picture for a link to a wikipedia article with more information.

Quantum Mechanics (poly-tuned)

Friday, February 6th, 2015

[/caption]Fig. 1: Probability densities corresponding to the wavefunctions of an electron in a hydrogen atom possessing definite energy levels (increasing from the top of the image to the bottom: n = 1, 2, 3, ...) and angular momenta (increasing across from left to right: s, p, d, ...). Brighter areas correspond to higher probability density in a position measurement. Such wavefunctions are directly comparable to Chladni's figures of acoustic modes of vibration in classical physics, and are modes of oscillation as well, possessing a sharp energy and, thus, a definite frequency. The angular momentum and energy are quantized, and take only discrete values like those shown (as is the case for resonant frequencies in acoustics) Fig. 1: Probability densities corresponding to the wavefunctions of an electron in a hydrogen atom possessing definite energy levels (increasing from the top of the image to the bottom: n = 1, 2, 3, …) and angular momenta (increasing across from left to right: s, p, d, …). Brighter areas correspond to higher probability density in a position measurement. Such wavefunctions are directly comparable to Chladni’s figures of acoustic modes of vibration in classical physics, and are modes of oscillation as well, possessing a sharp energy and, thus, a definite frequency. The angular momentum and energy are quantized, and take only discrete values like those shown (as is the case for resonant frequencies in acoustics)

Quantum Mechanics (poly-tuned)

Halloween 2014

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Just in case you needed 25 minutes of weirdness for the boom box….

Halloween 2014 Featuring James Bailey and his track Gambardinor augmented with effects and additional tracks I recorded and mistreated.

A Night at Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery (Bohlen-Pierce, 12 edo)

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Bachelors_Grove_taken_on_IR

A Night at Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery is an ambient piece is mixed tunings, Bohlen-Pierce, 12 edo, and unpitched.

And War Itself Shall End

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

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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.

Contributors:
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

In Memoriam of Cambrian Cnidaria

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

cnidaria

In Memoriam of Cambrian Cnidaria is a fretless guitar solo with effects using ebow and finger picking.

Please see the comments for a clarification – I used a non-representative photo that I took at a museum and actually depicted a stalked echinoderm (Echinodermata), not a Cnidarian.

Crustacean Eulogy – Multiple JI, Harmonic, and Inharmonic Pitch Sets

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

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Crustacean Eulogy is a simultaneous tuning in both just intonation sets chosen and self-made sample material. The ambient composition is a eulogy for crustacean from the North American Pennsylvanian period, roughly ~ 300,000,000 years ago.

The Mythology of Wizards

Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Merlin from the Nuremberg chronicles

Merlin from the Nuremberg chronicles


(there may be a delay as the music loads before it starts to play)

The Mythology of Wizards is a polytuned musique concrète, partially acousmatic piece. It is NOT pretty music, instead it is a loud raucous exploration, or rather, exploitation, of sound texture. All of the material presented here is a result of manipulating a series of field recordings taken from one trip to Guitar Center. The tunings used are a recording filtered to an unconstrained harmonic series rooted in D, 12 edo, 17 edo and inharmonic series.