Tim O'Brien's musings on music and tech

Final Touches

Thanks to all who attended the CCRMA class presentations and Spring Concert. I was happy with the sound of my piece, Powers of Two, on the predictably amazing 24.6 channel surround sound system.

As my (perhaps) final task for this term, I’d like to produce a binaural mixdown of the piece. The ATK in SuperCollider looks promising.

Composition Notes II

Here are some more thoughts I’m having as I compose my piece. I am starting to explore different medium- to long-time-scale gestures – that is, elements of the piece that arise from the combination of many different processed sound samples.

Composition Notes

In this post, I’ll discuss some decisions which have arose as I begin constructing my piece. As I have mentioned, the main thrust of the piece is to showcase the different effects that can be achieved with uniform quantization in the MDCT domain.

Introducing My Project for CCRMA Music 220C

As part of Music 220C at Stanford’s CCRMA, I intend to explore the creative potential of frequency-domain quantization/dequantization. This follows on and was inspired by the work I did this past winter in Marina Bosi’s Perceptual Audio Coding course.

However, whereas the goal of that class was to teach students how to develop coders which achieve perceptual transparency at relatively low data rates, I approach the same or similar algorithms from the opposite perspective. I’m not concerned with data rate compression at all, and I’m interested in generating as much distortion as possible with an end goal of crafting an electroacoustic piece showcasing the various phenomena which arise.