The Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology (CREATE) at UC Santa Barbara has released a new software app for sound granulation: EmissionControl2 for MacOSX, Linux, and Windows. EmissionControl2 is a granular sound synthesizer. The theory of granular synthesis is described in the book Microsound (Curtis Roads, 2001, MIT Press). Granular synthesis is one of the most important methods of sound design.
The new app was developed by a team consisting of Professor Curtis Roads acting as project manager, with software developers Jack Kilgore and Rodney DuPlessis. Kilgore is a Computer Science major at UC Santa Barbara. DuPlessis is a PhD student in Music Composition at UC Santa Barbara and is also pursuing an MS degree in Media Arts and Technology.
Les Espaces Électroacoustiques II is a double SACD release on the Col Legno label, with works by Luigi Nono, Luciano Berio, Gottfried Michael Koenig and Karlheinz Stockhausen. The recordings are the result of an extensive research project about a historically informed performance practice of electroacoustic music, carried out at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (ICST) in Zürich in collaboration with Tempo Reale, the Institute of Sonology, Fondazione Archivio Luigi Nono, Casa Ricordi, Stockhausen-Verlag and Universal Edition.
Les Espaces Électroacoustiques II received the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik:
70 years ago, composers could not have predicted that electronic music would become as broad a field and as widespread as it is today. Although contemporary dance and related genres no longer have much to do with the sound research of that time, electronic music does have its origins there. From the outset Gaudeamus has played a major role in researching and developing these new technological possibilities.
Musicologist Danae Bos will chair a discussion with Kees Tazelaar (composer, sonologist and authority in the field of electronic music) and Laura Agnusdei (saxophonist and electro-acoustic composer) on the subject of the history of electronic music. They will also take a look at developments in the contemporary field.
Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, this year’s Sonology final presentation concerts were all cancelled. We have therefore created a playlist with a selection of works that were all mixed for headphones, so that at least we are able to share some of our music with you.
On Sunday 7 June 2020 at 21.00 CET (20.00 UK time) Milana Zarić and Richard Barrett will premiere a virtual duo concert for acoustic/electric harp and electronics – Restless Horizon – on You Tube Premiere: https://youtu.be/0c-oVWMutEk At this time of year, our small concert space Spectrum East in Belgrade is usually playing host to performances and presentations by composers and performers, both local and visiting from around the world. Since that isn’t presently possible, we wanted to take the opportunity to present the latest work from our harp/electronics duo, and show some of the directions it’s currently taking. After months of non performing, we felt an urgent need to communicate with our audience and offer our music online to friends and colleagues around the world.
Programme: nocturnes for electric harp and electronics (2019), homage to C.Debussy šuma for concert harp and electronics (2016), from close up for ensemble restless horizon for electric harp and electronics (2020), homage to Stojan Ćelić sphinx(2020) for binaural fixed media + video 🎧
The earliest piece, šuma (“forest”), forms part of the electroacoustic sextet close-up, written by Richard for Ensemble Studio6. The six instrumental parts of šuma can be played in any combination and involve alternation between fixed and improvisational material so as to bring independent streams of activity together in spontaneous intertwinings. The other three pieces were composed collaboratively. In nocturnes and restless horizon, Milana expands her electric harp using live electronic processing. restless horizon is named after one of the paintings by Stojan Ćelić (1925-1992) that can be seen on the wall of our venue. sphinx is a fixed-media electronic composition based on harp improvisations, rendered binaurally for an enhanced spatial experience when heard on headphones, and accompanied by a specially produced video.
We recommend to use external speakers or headphones, to maximize the sound quality throughout the programme. The last piece is a binaural composition and should be heard on headphones. 🎧🎛
The annual Wave Field Synthesis festival that is hosted by Ji Youn Kang in collaboration with The Game of Life had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Ji therefore selected some pieces that are rendered for headphones with the WFSCollider software. Enjoy listening!
Under normal circumstances we would have been together tonight in the Royal Conservatoire’s wonderful Arnold Schoenbergzaal, enjoying multichannel fixed media pieces, live electronic music, improvised music, etc. Instead, Konrad Boehmer Visiting Professors Nic Collins, Horacio Vaggione, Daniel Teruggi, Peter Ablinger, Evan Parker and Cathy van Eck were kind enough to make their work available to you through an online playlist, which you will find here: http://sonology.org/konrad-boehmer-visiting-professors-concert/
Several composers at Sonology have been making special binaural mixes of their works, which will give a multichannel playback experience when listened to on headphones. A SoundCloud playlist, which will see regular updates, is available here: http://sonology.org/sonology-binaural-playlist/
To keep himself off the streets and out of trouble, Justin Bennett has begun a podcast series called “The Constellation”, which is inspired by the rediscovery of a large sound archive from his past. Justin writes:
I’m not sure if it’s an audio book with sound-effects and weird music or a sitting audio-walk. I have to invent it again every week. Sometimes more wordy, sometimes hopefully more musical. I don’t know where it’s going to end. None of us do.
What it is, is Fiction. A story of a few friends who, during the Corona-crisis are in contact with each other again. It’s about how they react to the changes around them, but also about their shared past, art, music and politics.
I can’t promise to make a new episode each week, but I’m going to try. Every Friday. Best wishes from isolation, Justin