Category Archives: Sound Design

Wavefield Synthesizer

__A new wavefield synthesizer was unveiled at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hamburg. Twenty electro-acoustic pieces were played on it—some premieres, some classics—in a five-hour inauguration. __What is a wave-field synthesizer? Put simply, it is a diffusion system of … Continue reading

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CLIEC 2011

This weekend I attended the Concordia Live and Interactive Electroacoustic Colloquium here in Montreal. The paper sessions were nestled between two concerts which featured many of the topics presented such as sensors, gestural controllers, physical modelling, multi-user live coding and … Continue reading

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News: Sound Sculpture

mmThe winner of the 2010 Turner art prize was announced: Susan Philipsz—not a visual artist but a ‘sound sculptor.’ Her works are recordings of herself singing, projected by speakers in urban places such as under bridges or in alleys. Her … Continue reading

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Tiny Strings

The world’s smallest musical instrument has been created in The Netherlands, a microscopic string instrument called the micronium. Its strings are thinner than human hair and less than 1 mm long—and are very difficult to tune! ___ University of Twente. … Continue reading

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QLab 2

I’ve been re-learning QLab, following each of its video tutorials and perusing the manual one page at a time. Figure 53 released a new version recently, completely re-coded from scratch. I’m liking it and looking forward to my next sound … Continue reading

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1-bit symphony

mmI received in the mail Tristan Perich’s unorthodox 1-Bit Symphony by Bang On a Can’s label Cantaloupe Music. Perich is not only the composer but the programmer. You see, his music arrived in a CD jewel case yet it is … Continue reading

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Electronic Women Rock!

mmOn July 31st I saw an electro-acoustic concert in Montreal. Afterward I overheard one of the musicians, Freida Abtan, describing her home-made electronic instrument to friends and I was struck at how technologically conversant these women were, and I thought … Continue reading

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