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'Sometimes, cutting into the present releases the future'

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Shoe Finding Loop Grazing

Loop Scanning – the slow forward movement of a short loop progressing through a longer audio file with a subtle effect not unlike the transformational metamorphosis of Steve Reich’s ‘It’s Gonna Rain’, which is, technically speaking, the altogether different implementation of two loops played at slightly different speeds and the offset ‘difference’ between them producing the final result. Conceptually though, a similar ‘mono’ version of the mood ‘It’s Gonna Rain’ creates  is realized with the scanning technique.


Working somewhere between the ‘broken’ media aesthetics of Christian Marclay and William Basinski’s ‘Disintegration Loops’ with a big ‘tip of the hat’ to Jan Jelinek’s work, I present here some initial ‘loop scanning’ experiments as a test of concept and initial ‘probe’ as to source material suitability and settings. These are the more ambient-leaning experiments, an earlier rhythmic exploratory session still awaits some post production after which I will also post.

Prototyping the concept in several discreet applications running on the Mac desktop (until I can get a proper ‘loop scanner’ module built in software such as Kyma or Reaktor), I did this evening’s work using Roni Music’s ‘Amazing Slow Downer’, triggering it’s ‘frames’ (equaling a 1/75th of a second increment per trigger) via a seperate MIDI trigger (‘Rondo’). As both a polyrhythmic ‘master’ meter  and camouflage to unintended glitches (as oppossed to the intended ones also present) several ‘vinyl simulation’ methods were then introduced into the live chain, either before or after a final ‘patina’ of guitar amplification/fx simulation to properly antique the overall mood. Each performance was captured live via Rogue Amoeba’s ‘Audio Hijack Pro’.

*Best experienced ‘indirectly’, in other words attentions directed elsewhere with track played in background.

102209 Shoe Finding Loop Grazing Player

I have since received some very interesting responses in the Symbolic Sound ‘Kyma’ forum which will hopefully lead to the next level of exploring this territory. Also in current ‘negotiations’ for a Reaktor realization with more flexibility.

All this night’s work was done on a Powerbook laptop in bed (while I recover from a minor back injury) .

posted by cgibson777 at 5:35 pm  

Sunday, October 18, 2009

082809 Ambient Cyclings

Faust jams in the Giza pyramid with John Butcher and a soundman on acid?

Ambient Cyclings Player

posted by cgibson777 at 6:19 am  

Sunday, October 18, 2009

101309 Further Loopology Studies

Raw session output of a further return to loopology studies. New techniques, old infatuation…the march of time within time.

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posted by cgibson777 at 5:24 am  

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Amphetamine Ambients (‘Patches’)

More sketches (duos), again playing with my own? ‘intervalic bpm’ theory. This ‘system’ allows a free combination of rhythms derived from the same ratios as a C Chromatic scale.

Also in use here is the intentional margin of  error introduced by ‘AI’ key identification software (made for dj’s and popular dance music) when used with more avant garde based sounds. This matches up (again duets in this case) material that is of different scales and keys by their ‘common’ tones as identified by the software for a ‘different sameness’ than what would be derived by more traditional tonal analysis, allowing the occasional rogue vertical relationship to appear in somewhat sinister moments of key ambiguity.

NEW MIXES 100909

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posted by cgibson777 at 12:00 am  

Friday, October 9, 2009

Sounds From Image

My own abstract art becomes ‘glitch’. Mix/comp in emulation of a Robert Rauschenberg continuous ‘walk through’ exhibition. Images/notes to follow.


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posted by cgibson777 at 7:30 am  

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Alchemy Big Tones

An evening’s ‘Alchemy’.

Big Tone Player

posted by cgibson777 at 7:10 am  

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