June 29, 2008

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Breezy -- Some synthetic wind chimes for this lazy Sunday.

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June 28, 2008

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Interference -- noisy ambient, if there is such a thing.

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June 18, 2008

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Lullaby -- so tired.

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June 17, 2008

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Ground -- a little late-night fun at 60Hz.

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June 13, 2008

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Etude -- So many of these pieces have been etudes, I tried to avoid using that as a title, but now that the end is near it doesn't seem to matter.

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June 9, 2008

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Klowdz -- With a few modifications, the tool that generated yesterday's fluffy piece yields today's noisy treat.

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June 8, 2008

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Clouds -- This is a little generative sequencer I've built in MaxMSP. It chooses which notes to play when (with a little user guidance at the beginning...). The synth sound is still on the simple side, but that's the next project. For now, enjoy this chill little minute.

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June 7, 2008

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Robot Dream -- is there such a thing?

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June 6, 2008

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Simple Sin(e) 9 -- Lately I find these kinds of sounds very reassuring, though I couldn't say why.

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June 5, 2008

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Simple Sin(e) 8 -- Simple Sin(e) is back! With the end of the podcast in sight I'm gearing up for my next project, which will feature the synth tools I've been building to make this series of pieces... stay tuned.

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June 4, 2008

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Bubblespace -- For today's piece I experimented with an unusual sequencer tool called Refmatrix. After generating some random patterns I cut and pasted the bits I like into this spacey little piece.

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May 31, 2008

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Deep -- Close your eyes and hum along.

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May 30, 2008

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Boiling -- Boil"ing\, a. Heated to the point of bubbling; heaving with bubbles; in tumultuous agitation, as boiling liquid; surging; seething; swelling with heat, ardor, or passion.

Boiling point, the temperature at which a fluid is converted into vapor, with the phenomena of ebullition. This is different for different liquids, and for the same liquid under different pressures. For water, at the level of the sea, barometer 30 in., it is 212 [deg] Fahrenheit; for alcohol, 172.96[deg]; for ether, 94.8[deg]; for mercury, about 675[deg]. The boiling point of water is lowered one degree Fahrenheit for about 550 feet of ascent above the level of the sea.


[ courtesy of dictionary.com ]

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May 29, 2008

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Drone 2 -- see Drone.

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May 27, 2008

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Blip -- Like rain on a roof...

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May 25, 2008

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klyk -- late night fm-ing.

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May 22, 2008

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Drone -- I've been reading and thinking about minimalism and droning music the past couple of days and wanted to try it out. Enjoy.

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April 15, 2008

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Tax Day -- This music has nothing in particular to do with the filing of taxes, but I had to call it something... ;-)

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April 2, 2008

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Simple Sin(e) 7 -- no words can express...

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March 30, 2008

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Organic is constructed using sounds generated a Max/MSP patch by jhno called Cellsound. Enjoy.

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March 15, 2008

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Feverish -- Yesterday (when this piece was supposed to be posted) I came down with a fever very suddenly, making it difficult to concentrate on composing anything. So I just held off until today and made this little anthem to feverish disorientation.

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March 13, 2008

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Simple Sin(e) 6 continues my little series of FM pieces. Today I wanted to go for very subtle changes, making the piece more reflective than buoyant.

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March 8, 2008

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Stranded -- Winter storms in Ohio have delayed our return home from our visit to NYC. Fortunately we're staying with friends who are very gracious about our extended stay. I still feel a bit stranded though...

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March 6, 2008

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Modulate -- A little FM synthesis for this Thursday evening.

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February 23, 2008

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Stress -- I have nothing to add really...

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February 18, 2008

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Thin Air -- music from a speaker and a microphone.

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January 27, 2008

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Techno~Sin(e) combines my recent explorations of MaxMSP's techno~ object with my earlier "Simple Sin(e)" series. Enjoy the glitchy goodness.

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January 23, 2008

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Techno~ Redux -- Today is another etude exploring the techno~ object in MaxMSP.

Basically, the techno~ object is a very accurate sequencer (with a couple of its own quirky additions) that allows easy synchronization with other versions of itself . Today's piece takes advantage of this fact by creating a series of gradually changing loops, one divided into 7 parts (the high notes) and the other divided into 11 parts (the bass notes).

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January 22, 2008

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Techno~ -- Today's piece is an etude made using MaxMSP. For those unfamiliar with this software, it consists of many virtual objects which are connected by virtual patch chords. Each object has a specific function, sometimes simple and other times complex. There are so many different objects that it takes years to learn them all (if ever!)

For today I decided to figure out an object called "techno~". Something about it has always intimidated me a little bit, but no more...I am beginning to understand exactly what it can do. Enjoy.

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January 8, 2008

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Simple Sin(e) 5 -- After a break from it, I've decided to revisit my Simple Sin(e) series. Each of these pieces was made using a custom software patch and is built entirely from the sound of sine waves.

Check out the rest of the series:
1 2 3 4 Inexplicable Pain Nostalgic Relief

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January 5, 2008

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20x3 -- I've been working in the 60-second format for a while and have begun to wonder about the possibilities for even shorter pieces. Today I present three 20-second pieces. Enjoy.

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December 28, 2007

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Smile Song -- For Christmas, I got to visit my four-month old niece, Eiley. I recorded her cooing and giggling and set that to music for today's piece. Check her out, sporting her 5of4 logo shirt. You can get your own shirt at Cafe Press.

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December 9, 2007

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Birds is the title for today's piece. I made it using a sampled bird call and modulated sine waves.

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December 7, 2007

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Dance no.1 is this week's danceaday.com collaboration with Boris Willis. It's our 24th podcast. In preparation for next week's 25th collaboration, I revisited the music from our very first podcast. In case you've forgotten, you can find it here.

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November 21, 2007

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Nostalgic Relief is part two of Esther Palmer's suggestion:

how about a minute dedicated to acute and inexplicable pain?

and then a minute for relief and nostalgic bliss.

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November 20, 2007

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Inexplicable Pain is today's listener suggestion from dancer/choreographer Esther Palmer. I had the opportunity to work with her on amazing MFA project, Where Is Tokyo?. This spring I have the good fortune of working with her again on her new piece, on the other side of the glass plate, she wore nothing.

She suggested two pieces:
how about a minute dedicated to acute and inexplicable pain?

and then a minute for....
Tune in tomorrow to find out.

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November 10, 2007

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Today's listener suggestion, Remembering Louie, comes from my mother. Louie was a cat, owned by my uncle. Louie lived to be very old. The older he got, the fatter and crankier he became. But, like any good cat, these became his best traits and one couldn't help but like Louie.

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October 26, 2007

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Splinter is this week's danceaday.com collaboration with Boris Willis.

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October 19, 2007

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Ginger Dances is this week's danceaday.com collaboration with Boris Willis. It's one of my favorite videos so far. After you've watched the dance, check out Boris's interview on Voice of America.

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October 14, 2007

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Club Nodal

more fun with Nodal
graphic loops of music beats
less cheese tomorrow

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October 13, 2007

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Pulsing was made using a new piece of software I've been playing around with. It's called Nodal and it's a midi event generator that uses a graph to create sequences and loops rather than using a traditional music notation scheme. It's challenging (and fun) to work in the context of a different visual metaphor to make music.

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October 5, 2007

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GMU Invader -- For this week's danceaday.com collaboration with Boris Willis, he made a video retracing his route to class across the campus of George Mason University. I scored it with a little 8bit tune created using Cbasicore64. Enjoy.

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October 3, 2007

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Speed - I'm working on a piece that elongates an existing piece of music via a predetermined repetition of notes and phrases over time. The repetition scheme is, by itself, not particularly interesting. The effect it has on the music extended by it is quite enchanting (I'm deliberately leaving the details of the scheme out of this post, sorry.)

However, what was a 1.5 minute song ends up extending for over 40 minutes. To compemsate for this I am experimenting with different tempos. As I push the tempo upwards to 500 beats-per-minute, the individual notes begin to blur together. At this tempo the total length is now closer to 14 minutes (still on the longish side). As I sat contemplating this problem I decided to see if I could make it last only a single minute. At 6600 bpm I made it happen.

Today's post is this one-minute version. When the longer version is finished, I will post it as a bonus track...

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September 18, 2007

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Simple Sin(e) 4, another installment in my modulation synthesis series. Relax and float down this river of sine waves with me.

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September 6, 2007

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Invention 8 is a one-minute version of an idea I've had for a much larger piece based on Bach's Invention in F. Stay tuned...

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August 29, 2007

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Simple Sin(e) 2 further develops the sine wave textures I began earlier this month. I've added a step sequencer to refine the melodic movement within the texture.

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August 26, 2007

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Second Wave is another 8-bit track made using Cbasicore64. The Invasion continues...

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August 22, 2007

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Invasion -- more 8-bit fun. I made this using a freeware Commodore 64 sound emulator called Cbasicore64.

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August 4, 2007

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Simple Sin(e) 1 utilizes the beginnings of a MaxMSP patch I'm building to create complex sounds from simple sine waves. The complexity comes from modulating and clipping the wave forms. This is an early effort, more complex and nuanced pieces will come.

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