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Sam Tymorek on Stairs We Never Knew

At EMM, Sam Tymorek presented a generative MAX/MSP piece called Stairs We Never Knew.

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Program notes:

Stairs We Never Knew

by Sam Tymorek

Stairs We Never Knew is an attempt to make a music that sounds as if it is fighting against itself. The piece is relentlessly noisy; the distorted sounds, from a typical dance music drum machine, are resonated at dissonant intervals and thrown chaotically about in space. Gestures interrupt one another in an unpredictable manner that is controlled by live computer processing. On a large-scale level, the work is fairly static. It is the texture and behavior of the sounds, rather than their timbre, that are gradually transformed.

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