Music

Reinterpretations 1

Reinterpretations 1 is a body of ambient/drone work using granular sampling, improvised in real time. The pieces are made using a custom programmed software instrument using MIDI controllers as the interface.

Source audio is created and then played through the system in real-time. It is then sampled and manipulated throughout to create granular textures and drones. The length of the piece generated is then similar to the length of the source material

This piece of work is also conceptual in that the source audio is never listened to whilst in playback (in fact, the source audio could be unknown). It is then up to the performer when to take samples from the source, using only their intuition and feeling to create the piece.

 

Three improvisations for violin, vocals and electronics

Three improvisations for violin, vocals and electronics is a collaborative project between myself and Yasmine Azaiez. Sound from the violin and voice are sampled and fed into a granular system. Textures are then built up in collaboration to create the soundscape.

 

Trump in C Major

Trump in C Major is a collection of four small pieces generated by the larger installation #max140beats. Using musical cryptography, the installation converts the tweet into a small musical composition. The name of the installation refers to the maximum character count in twitter, with each piece compromising a maximum of 140 beats. More musical layers are dependent on the content of the tweet, the use of hashtags, “@” signs and links. Varying amount of these will impact the texture of the created piece.

These works were specifically made for the Studio 47 (Amsterdam) open call.

“STUDIO 47 offers an online platform for works that counterweight the dark, misogynistic, homophobic, islamophobic and racist rhetorics currently headlining the news and circulating on social media. It does not reflect the world we live in.”

The collection of works were tweeted to @potus (Donald Trump) on his 100th day in office.

The installation normally uses a sentiment system to calculate the amount of positive or negative words. The more positive a tweet, the major and brighter it will be. The more negative a tweet, the minor and darker it will become. However, in this collection of compositions, the sentiment filter is permanently switched to positive and the “childlike” sounds used are purposeful in making Donald’s tweets less offensive!