Reckon you’ve earned yourselves a musical interlude for just following that epic pluralism thread. Enjoy.
Haven’t done this in a long while. I fired up my antique version of MAX MSP and Reaper and used my java based probabilistic sequencer jDelta (code here) to belt out this short improvisation. The sound is a marimba-like tuned percussion designed on the Native Instruments FM8 synthesizer. jDelta allows you to take a short […]
[A slightly edited extract from my paper “Nature’s Dark Domain: an Argument for a Naturalised Phenomenology”. Royal Institute Of Philosophy Supplement [serial online]. July 2013;72:169-188 with audio!] Most listeners will readily distinguish an eight second sequence from Xenakis’ pioneering ‘granular’ composition Concret Ph. and a loop that repeats the first one-second slice of it for eight seconds. […]
The Posthuman: Differences, Embodiments, Performativity Call For Papers September 11th – 14th 2013, University of Roma 3, Rome, Italy The University of Roma 3, the University Erlangen-Nürnberg, the University of the Aegean and Dublin City University are pleased to announce: The 5th Conference of the Beyond Humanism Conference Series The specific focus of the Conference […]
Putting Monk through the ringer. Too Monk
Milan Kundera perfectly encapsulates what is great about Xenakis: Even being a “prophet of unfeelingness,” Joyce was able to remain a novelist; Xenakis, on the other hand, had to leave music. His innovation was different in nature from that of Debussy or of Schoenberg. Those two never lost their ties to the history of music, […]
Here’s the java code for jDelta: a sequencing object for the MAX MSP software environment that I wrote a few years ago. JDelta stores note pitch, note duration, velocity and note delta times. It plays back each note according to its delta time with respect to preceding notes in a sequence. The neat thing is […]
In Splice, Freeze, Stretch and Mutate: Digital rhythm as harbinger of the event Eleni Ikoniadou asks if the manipulation of microsound in granular synthesis reveals a “rhythmic time” below the level of our awareness of temporal succession. More microsound here!
Laurie Anderson’s elegant proposal for a sound installation in which the audience’s own body is used simultaneously as conductive medium and speaker nicely illustrates a problem confronting the Located Event theory of sound (LET – See Roden 2010 – web published version here). LET comes in two flavors. The first, due to Robert Casati […]
SYGNOK & The War For Radical Computer Music Here’s intriguing extract from a film about Gæoudjiparl van den Dobbelsteen, originator of Radical Computer Music. RCM is not merely made with computers but designed for computers; or, more specifically, for prospective artificial intelligences/life forms that do not currently exist. I need to research this further. RCM […]