Archive for January 2013

 
 

347 – Fathoming

This is the second in a series of pieces where I use random methods to influence the completed work.

For this piece, I simply repeated the previous method, using old work as a source, starting with six new loops, however this time I cut down the total number of overall loops from sixty to thirty six (mainly because my poor little laptop was struggling).

The title comes from the dream which I just woke from this morning after drifting off when listening to the final version on a loop before sleep. I was diving, but couldn’t seem to get back to the surface and was helped by a whale. I think the recent story about Cetaceans helping to save the life of one of their own must have influenced this.

If you like drone, I hope you’ll like this.

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346 – Constellations

This is the first in a series of pieces where I use dice and other random methods to influence the completed work. It’s a drone version of Mozart’s Musikalisches Würfelspiel, I guess.

For this piece, I created sixty drones, based on variations of six initial ones created from old pieces of work. To get the sixty I used dice to determine the detuning, repitching and loop start points of each of the six until I had ten of each. I then used the dice to decide which of the sixty pieces would be layered on top of each other, as well as determining the global effect types and levels. I ran this through six times to get six candidates for the final piece. A final roll determined which I would post. The title of the piece stems from seeing the wonderful play Constellations in London which has had a profound effect on my reading material of late. My tiny brain is now trying acquire ‘some’ understanding of the quantum possibilites in life.

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