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How Music Hijacks Our Perception of Everything
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:38 am    Post subject: How Music Hijacks Our Perception of Everything
Subject description: Practice Session forElectro-Music 2014 AI set
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Here is a video of a partial practice session for my electro-music 2014 Acoustic Interloper set, and attached are the program notes. I recommend running the video in HD. It should work without logging into FB; I have had trouble doing that with a mobile device in the past.

This is an extension of the 2012 HexAtom software that students and I performed in the planetarium. In this new version there is a feedback loop involving both the visual & aural domains. Graphics generate music, and music generates graphics, under stochastic control of the performer as outlined in the attached notes.

I am posting this partly because listeners to the event on the stream won't see the graphics. I put it into the Composition forum because a feedback loop that goes between visuals <--> music seems to be novel. I did find mention of an installation that used bi-media feedback, can't find it at the moment.

This part of the piece is a nod to 1970s Miles Davis.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 6:34 am    Post subject:
Subject description: EM2014 recording
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Here is the electro-music 2014 recording of The Ice Cream Truck, score and outline posted above. This was my solo Acoustic Interloper set from Sunday afternoon.

The opening spoken passage is from a 1973 talk by Leonard Bernstein on The Future of Music. Leonard's sounds trigger the initial generation of graphical atoms, that in turn generate MIDI notes. Both the MIDI notes and the digital audio return to the graphical cellular automaton in two distinct feedback paths to generate more atoms, which in turn generate more MIDI messages. Returning MIDI notes can also destroy their generating atoms in a degenerative feedback loop. I play the piece partially by modifying probabilities for various stochastic properties in the graphics and sounds, and partially by manipulating Applied Acoustic soft synth patches in Ableton Live.

The level of the recording was really low, and after boosting it there is a throbbing white-ish noise that shows up in the quiet passages. You can still hear the piece OK, and with the noise spread across the spectrum, there doesn't seem to be much I can do about it.

Bill Fox has a photo of me performing from the back of the room on FB, reposted below. I was playing the interacting music <--> graphics simultaneously on two laptops, and wanted to avoid a long cable run from the front of the room for the video. EDIT: As I look at this photo more closely, I realize it is from the Zero Input Mixer ensemble. Oops! No photos of the AI set have surfaced.

Thanks to all the organizers and workers once again!


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The Ice Cream Truck, Copyright 2014 by Dale E. Parson according to the Creative Commons 3.0 license, Feel free to copy & repost with credits.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Just started listening ...

and wondered why winamp shows the title as "Pro Tools - download" - maybe you want to check the mp3 tags?

Anyway, the beginning sounds good :-)

Re. the photo's .. I think i saw one on facebook ... probably posted there by Jez.

And now recall hearing this live too on the stream, was very nice then!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks, Jan! Will fix the tags. Start of semester, you know Shocked

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Acoustic Interloper wrote:
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I did!

Thanks for posting it.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Blue Hell wrote:
Acoustic Interloper wrote:
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I did!

Thanks for posting it.

You are very welcome Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Here the 12 minute August practice session which is linked as video (MOV) above. I started in the middle of the piece, which leads to a different, and much jazzier performance than the EM performance. Still learning this instrument!


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