Greater Silences

August 11, 2011

Short Variations on Ravel

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — Graham @ 6:00 pm

For a while now I have wanted to create a livecoding composition by varying the phrases below:

Page 4 of the quartet, the modal theme

Page 4 of the Ravel String quartet, the modal theme

Recently I implemented this idea–for a DVD call in the livecoding community. Using Supercollider, I realized the original score in code, and was able to make some basic variations on it. Subtitles attempt to explain what is going on to the listener. You can watch the variations below:

You can listen to the original excerpt on Youtube from American String Quartet.

In the course of developing the piece, I made some shortcut/extensions to the Pattern class, which can be found here:

PS In my search for the excerpt, I found out that I’m not the only one recently stealing from this quartet. Andrew Bird on Ravel riffs on the pizzicato-heavy second movement.

Update: This piece has been accepted and published in the livecoding-focused DVD accompanying the Winter 2011 Computer Music Journal (Volume 35, Issue 4). The program notes were available at the time of this update. Links to some are posted on this TOPLAP wiki page.

July 23, 2011

at Placard Sheffield 2011

Filed under: Music — Tags: , , , — Graham @ 6:20 pm

Ok, so I recently performed at Sheffield Placard 2011, a headphone festival hosted by Alex McLean and the excellent folks at Access Space, an open technology center unique on its own merits. Over the past few years, he has hosted several such, being inspired by the original le Placard festivals which originated in Paris. The atmosphere, the participation, and people were great, and I hope they will continue to host them in the future (special thanks to Alex for making it all happen!).

Suzanne Palzer's performance, spoken word and choreography.

Suzanne Palzer's performance, spoken word and choreography.

Alex kicked off the festival around noon with some binaural films. For me, some of the most memorable performances were:

For my contribution, I gave a simple livecoding set using Supercollider, starting from this stub file with a simplified version of the Promenade from Pictures at an exhibition (which I used in other recent projects). As a backdrop I used a recent Barcelona field recording I did as part of the Hertziosfera-Sounds of Gracia workshop.

I think it turned out alright, though the recording is a bit clipped. The most interesting parts are the last 5-10 minutes. Enjoy:


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