For my final project in Bill Verplank's mus 250 class, I attempted to build a "unified computer music instrument," which brought control, synthesis, and display of computer music algorithms together in a compact, portable, and integrated physical device - much like a traditional musical instrument.
Short video performance here, and short paper here.
Reel to Wheel is an interactive sound installation that uses old, abandoned bicycles to control reel-to-reel tape machines and play 1/4" audio tape. The work explores the intersection between found objects and found sound. It is meant to be a playground environment where people can interact with common objects in new combinations that create interesting sounds and novel associations.
- 2005 CCRMA mus 154 project; video here
- 2006 New West Electro-Acoustic Music Organization (NWEAMO) Festival
- 2007 Maker Faire; Create Digital Music article here
Improvised guitar tracks (unedited) over a generic drum loop - more or less in time
All of the sounds heard in this piece come from only a piano. Crescendos, misty, bell-like sounds, and even a human voice emanate solely from the vibration of the piano's strings. Although this work seems wholly acoustic, the piano's strings are driven by a custom built electrical interface that utilizes a Max/MSP software patch to control 12 electromagnets placed inside of the piano. This short piece came from a quest to demonstrate a new variety of possible piano sounds, and served as grounds for further experimentation with the instrument following its debut in Per Bloland's original composition. In hopes that subsequent performers and composers will continue to create new music through this technology, the piano exclaims:
The future is ever a misted landscape, no man foreknows it, but at cyclical turns
There is a change felt in the rhythm of events. [Robinson Jeffers]
Recorded at The Knoll, June 2008. wav file, mp3 file. Pics: 1 2 3 4
Max/MSP patch here
Short paper accepted and presented at ICMC 2005 :
If I Had A Hammer: Design and Theory of an Electromagnetically-Prepared Piano
EMPP web page here; some pictures here
Improvised guitar tracks (unedited) over a generic drum loop
Played 11/03/2002. Program notes here.
Listen: Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV
CSound Score Files