First piece of 2013! Ive had a lot of artistic success in 2012 but I had reached the point of knowing how to do what I wanted to do, and after two albums in one year Im getting bored with what Ive been doing:-
Soo- firstly i wanted to explore granular synthesis more- this meant some extended Max/MSP patching- and in particular I became interested in doing some short “portrait” pieces which centered on singular sound sources. This is a standard art school technique but it is useful for exploring new approaches.
First of these was cymbals: A par of crash cymbals, played once, with sticks, granulated and played with synthesizer keyboard:
The next was to do the same, but with an acoustic guitar, and this time to abandon my usual tools of composition; this time there would be no crescendi, beats, big swells etc. What I had been listening to was late 60s/ early 70s psychedelia , especially Pink Floyd’s Meddle album, and thinking about deconstructing that sound and reconstructing it in a new, electroacoustic context; this means no song, lyrics, chord progressions in the usual sense. It will possibly come across as an extended ‘feel’ if you like. I had no idea if this would even work, but already I can build on my findings from this piece to further experiments..