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Earth Songs

2011-2012

This is the first version of a series of pieces for processed sounds and computer that relate to creation, creatures, their meditation on existence, and their awareness of the world. "Earth Songs", the first segment of a larger work, has a slow and relentless metric structure that remains mostly unchanged throughout the piece. It is rendered through analysis and resynthesis of a single voice and percussive sounds. Most of the resynthesis data scanning functions that create the voices are driven by Gendy unit generators, which create very particular inflections and obscure the underlying spoken text. The piece is played in real-time, with the performer executing pre-composed segments of SC code that represent utterances, phrases and rythmic structures, and is spatialized around the audience using Ambisonics.

In memory of Max Mathews, who lead the way in teaching computers how to sing.

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