Chris Chafe is a composer, cellist, music reseacher and director of Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. more...


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Vanishing Point

soundfile composition


Vanishing Point is made of sampled, altered percussion sounds. It stretches the possibilities of what a live percussion ensemble might do rhythmically and sonically. 

Four types of phrases evolved, distinguished by their rhythmic feel. The nature type includes the jangling of wind chimes or scratchy sounds from a room next door. The expressive type has a certain drummer-like feel. The other two are engine-like mechanical rhythms and dream-like psychological rhythms. In the last step, phrases were assembled into a final montage.