Timbral Hauntings

Timbral Hauntings is an interactive installation work that borrows ideas from soundscape analysis and the convergence of how “echos and ethos” reshape the present and future. Timbral Hauntings ‘listens’ to the soundscape of the space, analyzing the timbre of each acoustic event; cataloguing the eight most commonly occurring timbral phrases throughout the life of the system. As a critical number of events are collected, the system selects the most commonly occurring timbral phrase. This phrase is used to shape the timbre of the ‘present’ in the hauntings of the past. At the same time the selected phrase from the past is analyzed for near timbral matches from the present. When a match occurs, those near moments from the past are played back in an attempt to influence the future in repeating the past. As the composition progresses, new phrases from the past are selected, allowing for the constant progression in the emergent composition.
Participants to the space are welcome to wander the space, simply sit and listen, or contribute to the composition, in any way they feel comfortable, including playing the instruments laid out.
Timbral Hauntings is part of the Sonic Spaces Project.

The audio files above are iterations of this project at various points along its development cycle.

This piece will be installed as part of the 2014 International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) in Athens, Greece. Along with the installation of the piece, I will be presenting a paper describing the development of the piece. This paper will be available on-line around the time of the conference in September. I will also make the code (which I consider as the score object) publicly available around that time.

Sonic Space No. 5; May 2013

Part of the 2013 SuperCollider Conference at Macky Auditorium, the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Sonic Space No. 5 was premiered at the University of Colorado, Boulder (Let’s go Buffs!) as part of the 2013 SuperCollider Conference. The piece was installed for the entire week, inside the gallery of Macky Auditorium.  The range of material that this piece produced was very exciting to me.  Here are two videos demonstrating a 25 minute portion of this week.  The longer one is a straight take over  25 minutes and the shorter is a series of excerpts from the 25 minute session.  Although this only demonstrates a portion of the material this piece created, this is still a a great 25 minute representation.  The first video posted below is a 6 minute demo video with material taken from the longer 25 minutes video, appearing directly below it.

This 5th iteration saw the addition of moving elements to the piece.  I am interested in starting to incorporate movement to my digital species.  For this version this included the movement of three speakers.  Future iterations will see this idea really start to get pushed.

I hope you enjoy this excerpt from Sonic Space No. 5, as it was installed for this conference.

And here is a short movement study from earlier in the year.

Patrick Booth – On The Shoulders of Giants

Another collaboration I took part in last year was the recording and mixing of Patrick Booth’s debut album, “On The Shoulders of Giants.”  It might have taken me a little long to get the mixing for this project finished up.  But as of this summer, the album is out!  We recorded this album over the course of 3 session during the spring of 2012 and Pat and I worked on the mix over this past winter and spring.  You can get the full album (which you should clearly do!) on iTunes.

Let Pat know what you think of the album at his Facebook page!

Derek Worthington – Lovely Properties

I was lucky to play tuba with the Arbor Composers Collective from 2011 to 2012.  This was a large jazz group based out of Ann Arbor and fronted by my wonderful roommate and friend Derek Worthington.

While I was with this group one of the most exciting projects we worked on was an original album of Derek’s Music.  In addition to playing tuba for the group I also worked as the recording and mix engineer for this project!  This album came out this past spring and I could not be happier with the results.  So, if you are wanting to hear some great music I would highly suggest you check out the tracks below.  You can also buy the full album at CD Baby! Finally, check out his website and let him know what you think of the album.  http://www.derek-worthington.com


NYU Sound Studies

This past year in NYC has been quite the experience!  I have done a lot, experiences a ton, and studies my butt off.  Unfortunately this did not leave a lot of time for music or art.  But, I did manage to get a couple of things done.

First is a binaural soundscape recording.  The material for this piece was captured one February morning out at Coney Island.  Make sure you listen with headphones on!

I spent a lot of time this past year working on my digital signal processing skills.  Once in a while I would have the time to actually create some music from this work.  Here are 4 such pieces.  These tracks were all composed, mixed, and recorded in MATLAB. The sounds in these tracks are either purely synthesized, or highly processed signals originating from a single pre-recorded audio sample.

Sonic Exploration No. 1: As influenced by an adorable picture of a gorilla

Here is a recording of my “Sonic Exploration No. 1: As influenced by an adorable picture of a gorilla.” This is from the 24-hour concert to benefit the International Society for Improving Musicians (ISIM) which was held at Ann Arbor’s Canterbury House during February of 2012.

This piece was coded in SuperCollider and involves controlled feedback loops through large found objects.

The score and adorable gorilla picture can be found here: MMusick_Sonic Exploration No1

Sonic Space No. 4

Sonic Space No. 4; (3.23.12 University of Michigan Video Studio)

This is the final performance from my thesis project.  This performance took place March 23rd, 2012 at the University of Michigan’s Duderstadt Center Video Studio.

This system consists of 10 microphones and 18 speakers placed around the large space of the video studio and was composed inside the SuperCollider environment.  I was honored to have  six musicians, who I respect greatly, join me for this performance.  We improvised inside the system, playing off of each other as well as the systems responses to our sonic energy.

I have included the video from this performance.  Right below the video is also the audio only version, which you can download and take with you!  If you would like a DVD of this performance please let me know and we can make that happen.

Sonic Spaces No. 2 & 3

I wanted to have all of my Sonic Space media in one place.  So, here are all of the associated audio tracks from this project.  These are also available for free download.

Thesis Paper

Here is a pdf of my thesis paper.  Feel free to peruse if you are curious what my last year was all about.

MMusick Thesis Paper – Sonic Spaces (5.1.12)

Sonic Space No. 2; Iteration No. 8 – Gallery Installation (June 2012)

This past May I was offered an opportunity to install a version of my Sonic Space project at The Gallery Project in Ann Arbor.  For this installation I decided to go back to Sonic Space No. 2.  I altered the code so that it would work as an installation and I also expanded the speaker array to 8 channels.

You can read the press release here for the show here.

This was a rewarding opportunity.  I have been curious to install a Sonic Space somewhere that people could come hang out for extended times to explore.  It was great to hear that the people who did experience this piece enjoyed listening for the sonic energy transfers and the interconnected interactions between the unique elements of the composition.

This exploration in the video below is by Kyle Kramer on the last day of the exhibit.  He was also kind enough to document himself doing so.

Was installed June 2012-July 2012

Sonic Space No. 2 – Quartet (EMS B 1.16.12)

Here is the last iteration in Sonic Space No. 2 written in SuperCollider.  This is a quartet written for Soprano Sax, Trumpet, Tenor Sax, and Tuba.  The movement around the space was not dictated but instead came from the musicians curiosity to listen and play in a different position.  Although you cannot see in the video, this space has 5 speakers and 3 microphones.

Sonic Space No2 Quartet 12.12.11 – Score


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