Happy New Year + !!

It’s 2015!! I wish all who visit here happy new year! And please people who try to spam here, you too happy new year! (but please stop!)

I’d like to greet you with a video clip that I was involved as a sound designer. This is a test video for animation and sound. Thijs GeritzΒ did the animation and I did the sound design, and we are willing to produce more such works.

About the sound, every sound was made in SuperCollider, sea wave and wind sound as well digitally produced with noise generators and filters. Some sound that has pitches was done with Supercollider Synthdef together with MIDI control. The final editing was done in Logic pro.

Enjoy the video, and hope we make more soon!

Catch Of The Day from Thijs Geritz on Vimeo.

‘Bamboo’ for two Bambusoides and Computer

I’d like to introduce my latest piece ‘Bamboo’ for two Bambusoides and Computer.

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The idea came when I was writing for Petzold (modern bass recorder) and experimented feedback effects with it. What I was doing was to use microphone inside and normalized the incoming signal without any air blowing into the instrument. Then a tone is created and the keys become a harmonic modulator. I couldn’t use this technique in another piece because it is feedback sensitive, creates some risks to blow the speakers, and didn’t have enough time to make it better. But I kept the idea.

Then I had this 3 meters bambusoides from a garden store, where I wanted to explore this idea, but I didn’t start working on it. And then I really wanted to try out with several different size of bamboos.

I cut the 3 meter’s bamboo in 3 pieces, one a long, and two shorts. They of course have a different resonant frequency (let’s say, soprano and alto). More interesting aspects with working with this Bamboo is its internal structure; it has the knots that are closed inside. However I think that the bamboos for the gardening purpose are treated with fire, and there was a small hall, a couple of centimetres in diameter, inside the bamboo. Because of this, every knots has slightly different resonant frequency and I wanted to use that.

I made two holes in each knots for the small bamboos, and one hole for the long one. One bamboo has 4 holes each, and I put a little loudspeaker in one side, and DPA microphone on the other side in order to create a feedback.

I love the sound of bamboo as a percussion too, so that the piece includes all the possible characteristics of its own:Β its percussive aspects, cylinder shaped instrument, flute like instrument, unstable yet quite organized resonant frequency, and so on.

Below you can listen to the piece. I am preparing for the video of the premiere. I hope you enjoy.

Time Folding Live Album release

I am very happy to announce the release of the digital album Time-Folding.

Time-Folding Live Album

The Album consists of 7 selected tracks from my Live Performances in Den Haag for last couple of years, with the combination of Analog synth, Digital synth and acoustic Instruments. Its version varies by the change of instruments and live set.
Every track is recorded during the live performance, no additional editing involved.

 

Hope many of visitors listen to it and wish to give my any feedback!

You can buy the album, but you can listen to them for free on the link (click the image above)

Enjoy. πŸ™‚