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PLOrk Beat Science
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 2:20 am    Post subject: PLOrk Beat Science
Subject description: An Adventure in Flute and HyPLOrkussion
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PLOrk Beat Science
"An Adventure in Flute and HyPLOrkussion"

Performed and composed by Rebecca Fiebrink and Ge Wang.

An electro-acoustic structured improvisation for 1 flute, 2 humans, 5 laptops, 5 pressure-sensitive finger drum pads, and 30 audio channels distributed among 5 hemispherical speakers.

(software system implemented in ChucK)

http://plork.cs.princeton.edu/beatscience/

Let us know of your thoughts. Thanks!

Rebecca and Ge!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I think you're crazy :-p

Aside from that I like it. Very nice and original setup as well. It seems to me that the way you are sitting next to eachother is very conductive to communication which in turn helps the musical structure a lot. I watched the smaller video, I think I'll watch it again on the larger later.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

wow! hoooo....
i still haven't got time to download the video, but have listened to the whole mp3.
it's so exciting hahhahhahah..

i really like how it flows.
the flute is so touching..
the drone is amazing .. very deep and beautiful ..
and the tabla beat work is so gorgeous.

^_^ .. and it's good meditative stuff for me ^_^..
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Nice piece ! well done
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 12:20 am    Post subject: thank you Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks for your encouraging feedback. We hope and plan to continue evolving the piece and performance, as well as post new performances on the plork beat science. As always, we are open to suggestions and diatribes.

Thanks again!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

more suggestions from me:

i wanna hear an acoustic instrument jamming when the beat starts also..
maybe starting with main motif that repeats within the meter of the music
(just like playing a raga..)
and improvising within the meter..

i'd like to hear a question & answer between instruments also..
for example.. trade-4 / trade-2 / any kind of trade between flute & percussion.

it'd be an exciting part & it'd be fun to improvise on.
- - -

one fun idea i have in mind now is something more polyrhythmic..
but it might be harder to program... hmm.

i hope i'll hear more ideas from this project.
all is cool now anyway!
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maybe we can add a R&B boyband vocalist.. lol
just kidding but i really mean it hahah.
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oh hey and one another idea: (but definitely harder to program)
is.. making some of the percussion part play according to the live flute sound simultenously..
hmm it might use more analytical algorithm..
but i think it must be very cool to have a module that can evolve by itself with the sound of the flute..

heheh actually this thing is too hard for me but it'd be cool to have such a module...
especially for a flute solo part.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

kijjaz wrote:
more suggestions from me:

Right on!! Great suggestions, some of which we have thought about and haven't had time to try out yet.

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maybe we can add a R&B boyband vocalist.. lol
just kidding but i really mean it hahah.

This one is new to us. Shocked We'll um take it into consideration.

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oh hey and one another idea: (but definitely harder to program)
is.. making some of the percussion part play according to the live flute sound simultenously..

Great idea!!! We'd be totally interested in playing with this! It'd be awesome to analyze the flute sound and use the information to influence other parts of the music. We are now actually looking at adding fundamental audio analysis frameworks into ChucK. Stay tuned...

Thanks again for your excellent suggestions! Feel free to let us know if you think of more.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I agree, this piece (and its performance) are great!

Your work is inspiring.

I've done a bit of programming in pd that analyzes signal amplitude into the adc, and makes real-time adjustments to the patch based on this averaged amplitude data.

Is there a way to poll the adc (for amplitude) in ChucK to do similar types of operations? I'd like to use ChucK to perform live avant-electronic music like I'm currently doing with puredata.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

sir honey wrote:
I agree, this piece (and its performance) are great!

Thank you - that's very kind of you.

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Is there a way to poll the adc (for amplitude) in ChucK

Yes. You can poll ANY unit generator for their last sample output using .last(). For example:

Code:
// patch
adc => Gain g => blackhole;

// infinite time loop
while( true )
{
    // due to bug, adc.last() doesn't work yet
    <<< "last sample:", g.last() >>>;
    // poll rate
    200::ms => now;
}

Hope this helps!

Oh yeah, also check out this simple but effective envelope follower:

http://chuck.cs.princeton.edu/doc/examples/deep/follower.ck
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2007 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

very nice piece!

Strong work,

there seems to be a synergistic energy in the room Wink

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