In his habilitation “Vom Musikalisch-Schönen” (On the musically beautiful) of 1854, Hanslick discusses the aesthetics of music. His work is impressively anti-romantic and eloquently fights against the ideas of his time.
My essay introduces Hanslicks terminology and juxtaposes it to the philosophical ideas of the 19th century. A conclusion of how to apply Hanslicks theory to contemporary music is given.
The results of phonological research in the 19th century helped create synthetic speech. In the 20th century digital signal processing made it possible to apply this knowledge to electronic music. The essay gives an overview about the techniques involved and briefly discusses compositions of Paul Lansky and Klarenz Barlow.
This patch offers an extended looping-machine for live use. Recording and playback are performed by the use of a midi controller.
An integrated “metronome” makes the recorded sounds align to a given time frame.
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For live performances of this piece I use a slim and humble patch that allows me to trigger the recordings with a midi-keyboard. As I wanted to keep the patch light-weighted, you will need to load your own samples into the arrays.
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A walk on broken glass in a building shortly before it got torn down.
Binaural recording in a neighborhood that doesn’t exist anymore. Crooswijk, Rotterdam.
These are some not so recent attempts of contemporary songwriting, deriving narrative structures from everyday sounds.
To You They Are Quiet
Based on a programmed looping machine for microphone input (2010)
Rehearsing The Pretune
Reassembled recordings of a trip through Croatia, Bosnia and Albania (2009)