Sudden Noises (2009)

Sudden Noises

Copyright © 2009 by Tom Law
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Chasm

radio, wiimotes, laptop violent outbursts...uncertain rhythms ... irregular soundplay

Ilk

radio, wiimotes, laptop swooshes... mangled voices... but I stuck to a steady beat on this one!

Gravel

radio, wiimotes, laptop slow droning pain

Nettles (first mix)

radio, wiimotes, laptop stop 'n' go... disorienting tempo shifts
(distilled from a 15-minute improv)

Nettles (second mix)

radio, wiimotes, laptop (thought I'd lost the first mix, so I made a 2nd from the same tracks)

May 12, 2009 - I've been playing lately with a disembowelled battery-powered radio... using my moistened fingertips to short-circuit various points on the exposed board... so I can make almost-controllable electronic noises (along with whatever broadcast the radio is tuned to).

And furthermore, I also recently learned that the remote controller for a wii game machine can be used to send control signals to my laptop, which I can convert to musical information, such as triggering notes or altering the texture. I immediately went out and bought 2 of these "wiimotes".

So, I decided to create a series of mostly-improvised pieces, using these rules:

  • use only radio and synthesizer as sound sources
  • use only the wii remotes (instead of a MIDI keyboard)
  • use only 8 simple pre-recorded drum loops
  • spend no more than one evening on each piece
The goal is to improvise the entire piece, with very little editing afterwards, in hopes of honing my quick-thinking skills a bit.

Since I have a swell new subwoofer in my studio, I decided to make full use of the sound spectrum, esp. the low end. Unfortunately, it all sounds like crap if you only have tiny speakers...so I recommend listening to these pieces over good headphones if you don't have your pc hooked up to a decent sound system.

Anyway, these are the pieces I've done so far. I did cheat some.

Software used: Cycling '74 Max, Ableton Live, Propellerheads Reason.

Other Exciting Collections of bigSphinx Music

Fine Ideas
2005

mostly poem settings.
featuring the lyrical articulations
of Mr. Ben Van Wyke

Comma
2000

this is definitely the smoothest and most melodic music
I've ever written.
I don't know WHAT got into me.

A Bean For Pythagoras
1991

music for modern dancing.
also a few improvs with
saxophonist Steve Silverstein

Tape Music
1979

created way back before you were born, on steam-powered tape decks



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