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Bass drum, saxophone and laptop: real-time psychedelic performance software

Bass drum, saxophone and laptop: real-time psychedelic performance software

Weinel, Jonathan ORCID: 0000-0001-5347-3897 (2010) Bass drum, saxophone and laptop: real-time psychedelic performance software. eContact! Online Journal for Electroacoustic Practices, 12 (4).

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Taking a performance by Z’EV and John Zorn as an inspirational starting point, Bass Drum, Sax & Laptop is a piece of software designed with Max/MSP which facilitates improvisational real-time performance for live instruments and electronics. This software and the music produced with it are a continuation of my research regarding compositional techniques that elicit altered states of consciousness. DSP effects are incorporated which process the live instruments, while a sampling module, the “atomizer”, produces sound which is mimetic of visual patterns of hallucination. An integral feature of the software is the ability to automate control parameters temporally so that they respond to the live performance. This facilitates a system of interactivity in which the performers respond to the software and vice-versa. The resulting spontaneous interactions and temporally shifting effects are intended to create an analogy between the sounds produced and the complex biological processes which produce dreams and hallucinations. In this article I will discuss the development of the software and its realisation in performance with Sol Nte on saxophone and myself on bass drum.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: computer music, Max/MSP, electronic music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences (CMS)
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Sound-Image Research Group
Faculty of Engineering & Science
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2022 13:08

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