Thanks to the wonderful Jack Quartet ( http://www.jackquartet.com ) for playing this piece at CCRMA (Stanford) and for all the concerts they gave on their West Coast tour.
This piece is for amplified string quartet (through Supercollider). The gain of the microphones is set extremely high and then limited extremely hard. The frequency of a filter (one for each instrument) is then moved up and down over the course of the piece. This processing produces various pops, rumbles, and occasional soft feedback. The result is then sent through 8 channels creating a strange low-fi texture, which hovers above/around the live sound. Please enjoy this stereo rendering.
This is a stereo rendering of a piece for Ensemble and 8-channel Electronics.
Many thanks to Ensemble Dal Neinte for the performance:
Constance Volk, Flute
Andrew Nogal, Oboe
Ryan Muncy, Alto Sax
Amanda DeBoer Barlett Soprano
J. Austin Wulliman, Violin
Serafim Smigelskiy, Cello
Mark Buchner, Bass
The electronics are both live and fixed. The live element consist of a supercollider patch that generates photosensor controlled sine waves and a”reversed” gate that processes and distorts the voice and ensemble at various shifting time intervals.
This piece is an interactive situation/installation inspired by various elements of The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien.
Those who encountered the piece follow simple instructions, which explain how the anglepoise lamp should be moved. A microphone with high gain – with pitch shifter and limited output – is hidden near the lamp. The movement of the lamp changes the sound and also changes the lighting cast onto the object/sculptural elements in front of the participant. The central sculptural element is a magnifying lens, which points towards a set of gradually shrinking pieces of bent metal gauze. Still images of these element will be available soon.
This realization was set-up in the old MAX Lab at CCRMA Stanford University. There are three sample encounters in the following video