Its been a musical few days. Went to see the wonderful She'koyakh last night - fantastic Klezmer band with fabulous musicians at the Nomad's Tent in Edinburgh. It was very interesting to listen to the violinist's improvisations.
Here's a taste if you haven't heard them
Then today I went to a workshop to play Strathspeys in the Scottish and Donegal style with Amy Geddes and Liz Docherty. The Donegal way of playing is a bit more laid back and simplified and the tunes are known as Highlands.
Computer Desktop Project
I have also been doing further work on the Computer Desktop project. Managed to get it running but had to reinstall it on a Windows machine. My Mac didn't like it. However I have now managed to transform sounds.
There are some useful links in CDP such as this Clouds granulation Max patch
There are many ways for processing sound. I have been checking our Trevor Wishart's free software for Composers at the Composer's Desktop Project.
This is based (for Mac) on the User Interface Soundloom. There are lots of resources for Composers including tutorials, demo sounds, manuals for PC and Mac. The software gives a lot of options for processing, file handling, sample rates etc.
The composition I am embarking on will be mainly sound (with some light instrumentation).
There are lots of other possibilities including using various DAWS and effects, MAX/MSP, or CLM (capable of higher quality sound). If anyone has comments on the pros and cons of all of these for high quality audio it would interesting to hear.
I'm embarking on a new composition project.
The concept of ecology is gaining more traction in relation to study and composition of music. While many composers in the 20th century and earlier have been concerned with the environment, the great challenges we face in relation to climate change and environmental degradation has shone a light on the relationship between ecological systems themselves and music. Composers and other artists have become increasingly interested in, and aware of, the importance of these issues, and express their responses through music and other art forms.
At the same time the scientific community has also been becoming more interested in sound. A newish area of study has been in the field of volcano acoustics where scientists have been studying patterns of sound that volcanos make (most of which are below the level of human hearing) to determine if these can be used as warning signals. Its fascinating to listen to the sounds, processed to bring them into hearing range.
I will be composing a piece of music inspired by this work.