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Written By: evan on December 31, 2011 No Comment

Frrriction is a live solo improvisation with the electronically augmented drum kit. The instrument consists of a traditional jazz drum kit mounted with sensors, contact microphones, speakers and bespoke software programmed in MaxMSP. The acoustic kit becomes the control interface of the electronics by using various machine listening techniques, resulting in a very direct interaction [...]

Written By: evan on December 31, 2011 No Comment

As demonstrated by the video, IBNIZ (Ideally Bare Numeric Impression giZmo) is a virtual machine and a programming language that generates video and audio from very short strings of code. Technically, it is a two-stack machine somewhat similar to Forth, but with the major execption that the stack is cyclical and also used at an [...]

Written By: evan on December 24, 2011 No Comment

  

Music by Thomas Bjørnseth. Composed 2009.
1. Image for piano and electronics – 5:15
2. Reflection for piano – 6:05
3. Colours for piano, xylophone and electronics – 4:52
4. Motif for piano – 10:14
5. Collage for eleven timbres – 12:33

Written By: evan on December 21, 2011 No Comment

In fluid dynamics, video and audio were both heavily processed to highlight and emulate the natural behaviors of water, oil, heat, and light. Created with a combination of Ardour, Audacity, Kdenlive, and Pure Data. Source footage shot on a Canon XHA1 HD camera. [1]

Written By: evan on December 12, 2011 No Comment

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Written By: evan on December 6, 2011 No Comment
Interview with Jon Cates and Jake Elliott, Founders of Numbers.FM

Evan Merz: Why? Why start this sort of radio station right now? What was the inspiration?

NUMBERS.FM: The name of the station comes from those so-called “numbers stations,” shortwave radio broadcasts of people reading lists of numbers — probably encrypted dispatches to spies — that have been going on for the last 70 years or so. [...]

Written By: evan on December 1, 2011 No Comment

This morning, one of the students in MUSC80C recommended this documentary about chiptunes.

Reformat the Planet (RTP) is a feature length documentary which delves into the movement known as chip music, a vibrant underground scene based around creating new, original music using obsolete video game hardware. Familiar devices such as the Nintendo Game Boy and Nintendo [...]

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