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Experimental Chamber Music for Waterphone, Synthesizer And Two Delay Lines

Here is a little experiment to explore an interesting observation I made. I would like to believe that this development is quite original. Experimental Chamber Music for Waterphone, Synthesizer And Two Delay Lines (5:30, 5.1 MByte, .m4a/AAC “iPOd” format) What … Continue reading

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Entrainment And Resolution (Duet for Cork City and Modular Synthesizer)

I just finished setting up my integrated hardware and software system for performing and for recording the performance on up to 32 tracks. I tested and tried everything thoroughly, and feel confident that I can easily do an afternoon of … Continue reading

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The Probability Switch (live improvisation along with self generating synthesizer patch)

Composing Uncommon Practice Music often involves making “patches” of sorts. I consider this a rather beautiful way of working. Much of my music explores structures, and I can connect musical structures directly to patch structures … which can relate easily … Continue reading

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My Modular Synthesizer Has Arrived

My Modular Synthesizer has arrived. I just took it out of the box. Now, how do I switch it on? Where does my keyboard plug in? Where is the volume control? Playing a Modular Synthesizer is usually an open ended … Continue reading

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A New Departure And A New Piece Of Music

In order to use my Cork City Gamelan sounds for live performance and improvisation, I started using Patcher software. This is an entirely new departure for me, and here is my first Cork City Gamelan piece I recorded on the … Continue reading

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A Prophet Looking For A Wall To Write On (Part 2)

In the first installment of this series of DIY articles, I showed you how I stretch recorded sounds to make drones, how I change pitches, and how I mix several tracks together to create an interesting musical gesture. Since then, … Continue reading

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A Prophet Looking For A Wall To Write On (Part 1)

It’s the title of a composition I am working on at the moment. Prophets sometimes are said to write warnings and questions on walls. This prophet has many questions to ask and warnings to issue, but nobody wants to listen … Continue reading

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Trash Music Update: Pitched Gongs

note: the terms for using the samples and music in this page (entirely royalty free) are laid out in this document. The batch of samples in my previous post (the “Trash Music” link on the top of this page) contains … Continue reading

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The Zoom H2 Recorder

To collect sounds for the Cork City Gamelan, I use the Zoom H2 Handy Recorder. It is small, robust and easy to operate at a basic level for field recordings, while providing an extensive set of additional features. It looks … Continue reading

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