This place is intense, man.

I'm referring, of course, to Earth.  This stuff is wild.  Right now my life has been taken over by this thing, not to mention the four classes I'm apparently enrolled in.  I have to tell you, building this supercomputer is a lot like having a thesis nobody gives you credit for.  It is perhaps among the most important experiments of my life, and reaches into every aspect of my creative drive.  I have been developing paradigms for massively parallel sound applications involving microsounds.  This endeavor has been ongoing, since I first heard about granular synthesis.  But now, I have developed a few systems I like to use in composition, and these systems are looking like prime candidates for use in the Arboretum.  Since it's so easy for me to max out my laptop's scsynth with these patches, distributed techniques for managing the data explosion are a no-brainer, really.  The method I'm really enjoying at the moment is to compose using a trainlet sequencer I built, and process those results with banded wavelet analysis using the newly honed constant q transform.  This way I can both build structural frameworks (clouds?  waterfalls?  petri dishes?) and listen 'into' them by manipulating their bandwidth, region, or sensitivity.  Tone is the first composition I successfully recorded using this technique.  To the result of these analysis passes, I can assign any note event I want.  I am fond of mixing concrete sampled wavetables with synthetic ones, because while the synthetic ones can be quite good for accuracy, there are some visceral effects I can achieve with concrete material I would never have been able to predict.  A lot of times these phenomena sound like unintended distortion, either something wrong with the speakers or your ears.  Sometimes, these effects can be extremely bright, with enough spectral energy to really cause some damage if you're not careful.  Tamarack is a good example of this kind of thing.

So how do I plan to use this family of patches if they only work on a cluster like the one I'm building with Mike at ITP?  I got my own personal cluster!  Well, I got the computers for it at least.  It will be a four-node (+my macbook as head node) cluster using a similar open-source framework powered by OSC.  I'll be gigging on it once we get it up and running.   Mike's building one too, so we plan to book duos and have cluster battles very soon.

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