Thursday, November 19, 2009


I have been making some progress on a piece for piano and electronics. I spent some time making a large bank of sound files. These were all made by hand. I then created an automation system that reads through a set of 10 of the 75 files 20 times. There are three streams of audio, one begins in the 1-10 range, one in 11-20 and the other 21-30. These all advance to the next set of 10 after 20 files have been read. This continues until they have each reached the 70 category and run out of files. The choice as to which file is read is made by the sneak~ object (1994 by Karlheinz Essl), which operates thusly;
A bang in the left inlet makes a random selection of a supply sent to right inlet before. Note that there are no repetitions of the same element and that the chosen elements are always neighbors of the given supply.

Finally, the audio is intermittently run through a convolution reverb where the impulse response is that of an upright piano being struck with a ceramic spoon. This in effect makes the piano sounds sound more like piano sounds. This part was not automated as I simply wanted to do it by hand.


A much cleaner patch than the piece yesterday.

As a finished piece it lacks the contour and counterpoint of a bass line. Also, it is a bit consistent in volume. That all said, it is really a study and as such, I rather like it.


Anonymous Luke Thomas Taylor said...

You're looking very grumpy. Hope you are well. :)

11/19/2009 10:52:00 AM  
Blogger christopher jette said...

Actually, that is blissful and @ 2:30AM ish the night before the interview on AM radio a couple weeks ago. I am listening to The Hub on the headphones.

11/19/2009 05:14:00 PM  

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