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iICEsCcRrEeAaMm

1998-2008, 4/8 channels, 2016 4th order Ambisonics

Program Notes

iICEsCcRrEeAaMm is a beta, er.. I mean alpha version of a new multichannel piece I'm still working on. As in the software world, Marketing informs me that in future versions bugs will be squashed and new features will be added for the benefit of all listeners. iscream refers to the origin of most of the concrete sound materials used in the piece. Screams and various other utterances from all of Chris Chafe's kids were digitally recorded in all their chilling and quite upsetting beauty. They were latter digitally fed into the "grani" sample grinder, a granular synthesis instrument developed by the composer. ICECREAM refers to the reward the kids (and myself) got after the screaming studio session. The piece was composed in the digital domain using Bill Schottstaedt's Common Lisp Music. Many software instruments and quite a few other samples of real world sounds made their way into the bitstream. --fll

From the Transitions program notes: Even after 12 years the piece is still in the "beta" stage. No bugs have been squashed but improvements in this version include a new surround rendering in 4th order Ambisonics for sharper spatial images. All done on a virtual machine running very very old software...

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