Notes from letters
Beats from letters
by Kyle Stetz
Control Cuemix remotely using TouchOSC
An acoustically interesting dome in an abandoned spy station at the highest point in Berlin.
We ran into flutist Thomas Von Der Brücke in the woods around Teufelsberg. Thomas has often recorded and performed in the dome. He invited us to come along for a tour.
Thomas on Flute…
Thomas on vocals and flute, with me on percussion
Photographs by Rebecca Zicarelli
Overlapping loops of varying duration to represent natural cycles.
In October I collaborated with Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen P. Nguyen to compose and perform the sounds of a glacier for their installation at the Gem theatre in Bethel, Maine. The glacier was made from paper.
Wade and Stephen:
A time-lapse video of the project:
A time-lapse video of a similar project they did in Minnesota 2005:
The approach was to take a series of ambient loops and organize them by duration. The longer loops would represent the slow movement of time. Shorter loops would represent events like avalanches. One-shot samples would represent quick events, like the cracking of ice.
It took several iterations to produce something slow and boring enough to be convincing. I used samples from the Ron MacLeod’s Cyclic Waves library from Cycling 74 https://www.ableton.com/en/packs/cyclic-waves/. Samples were pitched down to imply largeness.
Each vertical column in an Ableton Live set represents a time-frame of waves. That is, the far left column contains quick events and the far right column contains long cycle events. Left to right, the columns have gradually increasing cycle durations. I used a Push controller to trigger samples in real time as people walked through the theatre to see the glacier.
The theatre speakers were arranged in stereo but from front to back. Since the glacier was also arranged along the same axis, a slow auto-panning effect sent sounds drifting off into the distance, or vice versa. Visually and sonically there was a sense that the space extended beyond the walls of the theatre.
In the “control room” above the theatre… using Push to trigger samples and a Korg NanoKontrol to set panning positions of each track:
The performance lasted about 45 minutes. Occasionally the cracking of ice would startle people in the room. There were kids crawling around underneath the paper glacier. Afterwards we just let the sounds play on their own. A short excerpt:
Photographs by Rebecca Zicarelli.
Characters drawn with characters.
On auto-generating ascii art…
Mplayer AALIB support: http://archive.oreilly.com/pub/h/4441
sudo install aalib
To install mplayer in macports:
sudo port install mplayer-devel
To watch a ‘normal video’
To watch an “ascii video”
mplayer -vo aa video1.avi
So far have not been able to get aalib running with mplayer in macports. Here’s how it works in linux: http://jamsubuntu.blogspot.com/2008/10/how-to-watch-any-video-in-ascii.html
Jitter gen examples.
By Kagami Shota
Why would you write Jitter code inside a js object?
- Math expressions
- File IO
- Borrowed code
- You’re just that way
Here’s an example to get started with. It downsamples a movie and changes the background color. Something I often dream about.
- patch: downsamp-thing.maxpat
Tutorials by Gregory Taylor
gen~ for beginners (not Jitter) https://cycling74.com/wiki/index.php?title=gen~_For_Beginners
- The Joy of Swiz: https://cycling74.com/2012/02/02/gen-tutorial-2a-the-joy-of-swiz/
- Adventures in Vectorland: https://cycling74.com/2012/02/02/gen-tutorial-2b-adventures-in-vectorland/
- The Fine Art of Surfacing: https://cycling74.com/2012/03/16/gen-tutorial-3-the-fine-art-of-surfacing/
Pixelface (gen): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e49qgv5NuUQ