I spent June traveling across the continental USA, visiting friends and making field recordings. Â I will cover that month's activities in a future post.Â
In July, I moved into a retired auto-body shop in industrial Greenpoint. Â I am helping my flatmate convert it into a recording studio. Â In the meantime, I have been fiendishly networking and putting together creative projects. Â Starvation and searching for jobs have also taken up some time, as well as taking online TEFL certification classes and reading up on the GRE. Â The ideas I have for projects are as follows, in no particular order:
1) I have been playing the piano a lot more regularly. Â I want to start incorporating my love of home-brew analogue electronics with my fake (but much lighter) electric piano, in preparation for buying an old fender suitcase once I move out west. Â I've never stopped loving to play piano, but only recently have I regained faith in it as a significant creative tool.
2) Learn MATLAB. Â It's actually quite simple and well documented since it's commercial software. Â Obviously I stole it, but if I start using it a lot I might get whateverÂ Ph.D.Â program I end up in to pay for a legit version. Â A cursory glance at the signal processing and wavelet libraries suggest some cool and very musical applications.
3) Acousmatic "scenes". Â I am interested in using sound design to create narrative, stylized experiences. Â This occurred to me while watching the latest Harry Potter movie (the dialogue for which was ridiculously bad). Â I found that many times, sound takes over and carries the experience for the audience when other cues fail. Â While there exist conventions for how this sound-language works, they are by no means rigidly defined, and certainly not purely representational. Â I often think of musique concrete and acousmatic musics as analogous to computer animated features: the same 'uncanny valley' must be avoided. Â Successful CGI commonly employs a healthy dose of painterly sensibilities, and de-emphasizes the ultra-photo-realism that plagues the genre. Â I have specific scenes in mind that I want to do. Â Briefly:
a) The scene in the new Harry Potter movie with the zombies and underwater fireballs.
b) A dream I had about screaming, tearing my clothes off and running into the forrest surrounding the village I lived in.
c) Waiting in a clock-garden. Â Birds giggle and turn into distant female archetypes.
4) build a composition using successive passes of impulses and convolution with new impulses. Â i'm talking either digital band-limited impulses or analogue logic circuit impulses.
5) take two inputs. Â find approximate pitch (using autocorrelation) of input 1. Â find n strongest partials of input 2. granulate input 1, retuning grains to each partial, remapping partial amplitude to probability weight.
6) using geometric series for rhythms. Â
7) fix and expand Cattri into a new cluster currently missing a working title.
Items 1 and 3 are more like ends to means, while 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7 (and others not listed here) are more like means to ends.
On top of this, I have several projects I am working on for others. Â They will also be documented as photo- and recording- ops present themselves.