Thursday, June 29, 2006

Max T-shirts!

Thought you would all get a laugh out of these Max T-shirts


More info here...

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Found a quote by Edgard Varèse I thought was quite interesting. It is partially in response to criticism of his perceived desregard of the past...

You only have to turn to the revered past for the corroboration of my contention. The links in the chain of tradition are formed by men who have all been revolutionists! To the student of music I should say that the great examples of the past should serve as springboards from which he may leap free, into his (or her) own future.
- Edgard Varèse 1939

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

ARRRRGH

I don't know about you guys but SuperCollider is killing me at the moment and i'm supposed to be studying for exams and trying to do other assignments... *bashes head*
/end rant



See all you classical context students tomorrow!

Tim

Monday, June 12, 2006

Minor project :: Audio Arts

On the 7th I recorded a 3rd Year Jazz Quintet. The group consisted of Drums (Dom), Bass (Dean), Piano (Nhan), Alto Sax (Lauren) and Guitar (Tim). It is great to record good musicians although doing it by myself was difficult. I would've liked to have spent more time trying some different mics out however this was difficult due to time restrictions and the lack of a spare set of hands. Overall I was happy with the recording and we recorded 5 tracks from which I chose 2 mix dwn. The first was titled Compromised and was composed by Nhan Phan, the piano player of the Group. The second was titled McKibbon Walks the Dog and was also composed by Nhan. It is good to hear such catchy music being composed here in the Conservatorium.

Here are some photos I took while recording.


Studio 1 - Recording


The Band


L-R Dean, Lauren, Tim


Dom on the drums

So after some technical issues, here's the songs!

McKibbon Walks the Dog, composed by Nhan Phan



Compromised, composed by Nhan Phan

End of Semester

Well this is supposed to wrap up the weekly blog entries for the semester so I will be commenting on the course as a whole. It has taken me a bit to get into the whole blogging concept although I think it is a good inclusion to the course. I particularly enjoy reading my classmates thoughts about the weeks lessons. Having the blog due on the Mondays, the same day as our Perspectives class has made it difficult though (particularly with Super Collider) which has lead me to fall behind.

Audio Arts has been really good this semester, I have found David’s lessons to be interesting although at times a little wayward although this is to be expected for someone with no formal teaching experience. It is good to hear about the industry from someone in it rather than looking from academia, no offence to Christian. I am looking forward to hearing everyone’s Audio Arts projects. I recorded for my project the other day, it was hard work (as is expected) and it would’ve been nice to have an extra hand particularly with sound checks. I took some photos too which I will post up with the mp3’s later. I was really impressed with the band particularly as they played all original works. We also went to David’s studio, Fat Traxx during the week.

All semester David has been saying how good his control room is for monitoring and he wasn’t wrong! Comparing the reflectiveness of David’s control room to Studio 1 is like comparing a G5 to an early Pentium computer and the lengths David went to soundproofing was enormous but worth it particularly with the V8’s on near by every year.

Creative Computing has been a steep learning curve. I have found Super Collider bloody hard to get my head around, maybe because my mind is still in min:sec mode rather than code mode. As mentioned earlier, having the SC homework due the same day as Perspectives caused troubles straightaway particularly on weeks with heavy Perspectives readings. I will endeavour to get some more code up soon although it finding time is always a problem.

Workshop I feel has been a waste of an hour and of blogging time. I am still wondering what the exact point of this class was. I would’ve preferred to have an extra 30 minutes for audio arts and creative computing as these classes always run short of time. This was a main issue I still feel hasn’t been resolved that we raised with the Dean back at the end of 2004. In saying this I have still enjoyed parts of Workshop and have been exposed to some great music so the whole hour hasn’t been a waste of time. I especially enjoyed Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint and Different Trains from this week’s class.

There was no forum this week as there were none to catch up on however I have really enjoyed Forum this semester, especially having the guest presenters such as Robin Minard during festival time. I feel it has been a great addition to the course and I’m looking forward to next semester.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Super Collider

Here is some SC code I did on the weekend. Started doing week 10's excersise but I have found I am having problems creating a SynthDef with the required parameters. I also hope to get audio samples up of the below code soon.

Week 8 Code
AM_Synth
(

//AM Synth
SynthDef("AM_Synth",

{
//Arguments
arg midiPitch = 60,
dur = 0.1,
amp = 0.5;

//Variables
var carrier,
modulator,
out;

//UGens
modulator = SinOsc.kr
(
freq: 440,
phase: 0,
mul: 0.5
);

carrier = SinOsc.ar
(
freq: midiPitch,
phase: 0,
mul: amp * modulator
);

// Output
out = SinOsc.ar(
midiPitch.midicps,
mul: amp
);

//Output
Out.ar(0, carrier)

}
).load(s);

)

(
r = Task({

inf.do(
{
// Arguments
arg item
;

// Variables
var next = 0.250,
cnt = item % 6,
pitch = 40 * (cnt+6)
;

// Feedback
cnt.postln;

// Execute Synth
b = Synth("AM_Synth");
b.set(\midiPitch, pitch);

// Pause
(next).wait;
}
);

});

// Start Routine
r.start;

)

(
// Stop Routine
r.stop;
)


Week 9 Code

AM_Synth
(

//AM Synth
SynthDef("AM_Synth",

{
//Arguments
arg carrierFreq = 440,
carrierVol = 1;

//Variables
var carrier,
modulator;

//UGens
modulator = SinOsc.kr
(
freq: 220,
phase: 0,
mul: 0.5
);

carrier = SinOsc.ar
(
freq: carrierFreq,
phase: 0,
mul: carrierVol * modulator
);

//Output
Out.ar(0, carrier)
}
).load(s);

)

//Play

Pbind(
\scale, [0, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11],
\degree, Pseq([1, 2, 3, 2, 3, 4, 3, 4, 5, 4, 5, 6, 5, 6, 7, 6, 7, 8, 7]),
\oct, 0,
\dur, 0.3
).play

(
// Stop Routine
r.stop;
)

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Week 12

We spent the first part of the lesson discussing issues with our projects. It was good to hear how everyone else was going. As I am recording a 5 piece jazz band I got some suggestions on mics to use, hopefully they are all in stock when I go to record. It was good to hear some of the issues and solutions for other classmate’s recordings so I will be able to fix that if I come across a similar problem with my recording. We then spent the rest of the lesson discussing marketing yourself/product in the music industry. I found it useful hearing some of the stories of bands and their efforts to get noticed by record companies and what to do when you have a CD and are looking to get signed. It’s good that we discussed this topic as I doubt it will come up in the core component on music careers with Mark Carroll and the rest of the B. Mus students. Particularly as the majority of students won’t be looking to get signed by a record label.

Grice, David. 2006. PR and Publicity. Tutorial presented at the Electronic Music Unit, University of Adelaide, 30 May.


Workshop this week primarily looked at new experimental electronic (to some extent) compositions from New York. The first piece, Assembler Mix by Nobakazu Takamura was quite an interesting piece with loops the reminded me of a carnival or country fair and a glitchy beat which I liked. Other layers were introduced including strings and gave it a audio collage feel. Gutbucket’s Snarling Wrath of the Angry God’s contrasted Assembler mix with a snarling baritone sax over a heavy rock back playing in an asymmetric time signature, again another piece that I feel doesn’t fit into the music technology category apart from recording in a studio.

Gutbuster image from www.gutweb.com


Again to contrast Gutbucket followed Bach’s Ricecar, 6 voice, and then Toby Twining’s Kyrie, again how is this related to music technology, good and interesting pieces of music none the less. The rest of the lesson consisted of 3 other pieces ranging from Stravinski to Arnold Dreyblatt. While I enjoy listening to music I feel this hour could be spent better but I will touch on this more next week.

Harris, David. 2006. Workshop presented at the Electronic Music Unit, EMU Space, University of Adelaide, 1 June.


Squawk Box was the name of Forum this week as anyone could get up and present something to the EMU students. Vinny was up first with an interesting composition that I have heard him play before. His story about the development of the composition was just as interesting (composed for female jazz singer to accompany). I find it amusing yet despairing that some students outside of EMU are reluctant to step outside their comfort zones and experiment! This is not a surprise particularly when watching “classical” students in Music in Context and Approaches to Music switch off whenever the word “technology” is mentioned or a piece of music that has a synthesizer or tape techniques is played to the class. The fact is that I feel that being so narrow minded isn’t going to help their music carrier. Classical music (in the broad sense) i feel is definitely not a growing area, you only have to talk to any high school music teacher and ask them what children want to learn at school, it’s certainly not the oboe! I heard that there is only one 1st year percussion student at the conservatorium... surely the warning bells should be sounding. /end rant. We also heard Patrick speak about his plans for a collaborative composition based on the stars and Tyrell showed us some music which sounded like modern day minimalism, both were interesting although my word count is up!

Forum presented at the Electronic Music Unit, EMU Space, University of Adelaide, 1 June.