give me everything.

on thursday, october 28th, this piece made its debut at brooklyn college for their biannual "international electroacoustic music festival." despite the fact that i couldn't be there in person, i couldn't pass up the opportunity to have it premier in brooklyn, due to the subject matter. i'd been planning this piece for two years, and it was awesome to finally see it through to completion.

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the m train curves north at myrtle avenue, separating from the j and z lines. the turn is sharp, completing overhead in a single block. the sound material for this piece comes from clamping piezo disks to the support struts of the track. the shapes come from high resolution photographs of the tracks and guard rails on this turn.

i spent a year in bushwick, living right on the tracks, the third floor of my building. sparks would illuminate my apartment on nights when i left the curtains open. the trains were my loving captors. i was their hostage.

thanks to dawid wiacek for the photographs.









2 Responses to “give me everything.”

  1. How Large is an Atom of Music? A Tour through Today’s Spectral Music and Software at UCSD | Says:

    [...] While William Brent’s work has largely served to refine and unify various audio analysis techniques, one new PhD candidate at UCSD is trying to destroy some of the field’s norms. Joe Mariglio has set his aim to shoot down one of the most prominent tools of spectralism: the Fast Fourier transform. Since a FFT simply provides an amplitude value for each component frequency of a sound, it provides no information about the shape of a sound wave; FFTs always renders frequency as a sine wave. In the physical world, sound waves are infinitely more nuanced. “I value rough, grainy, transient rich textures. I think sinusoids are fairly overused to produce textures in computer music, and partially due to the work of composers like Curtis Roads, and mathematicians like Stephane Mallat, I’ve found several alternatives that seem to work better for me. While Fourier theory provides us with a way of constructing sound out of sine waves, wavelet theory provides us with a way of constructing sound out of anything. To me, this means I can have an infinite palate of microsounds to paint with.” One of the finer examples of Mariglio’s delicate timbric touch is a piece made by placing a piezo microphone on Brooklyn’s M train risers and feeding the train sounds through a granular synthesis process. More information is here. [...]

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    [...] i gave a short presentation about my practice, particularly with respect to give me everything, a composition “about” the m-train in brooklyn. it was scattered, and in mono, but these [...]

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