American composer Robert Ashley – who reinvented opera with electronics and avant garde techniques – died yesterday at the age of 83.
Ashley (March 28, 1930 ? March 3, 2014) was known for radically rethinking the concept of opera – reimagining it for TV and for recordings. and incorporating electronic instruments and electronic manipulation of speech.
In one work, Automatic Writing, Ashley recorded his involuntary speech (from Tourette’s Syndrome) and used it as one of the characters in his opera. The other three ‘characters’ were:
- a French voice translation of the speech:
- a synthesized version of the speech; and
- Polymoog harmonies.
Theometrica is a generative sound synthesis instrument inspired by acupuncture.
Created by Oscar Palou & Alexander Müller-Rakow, Theometrica is a sound interface designed to explore “the relation of ethnologic, geometric graphics and generative sound synthesis”. Continue reading
Dutch reader Rene Splinter has been experimenting with a Moog Etherwave Theremin for use in a new composition.
Instead of recording the traditional sound of the theremin, he decided to use it as a starting point for further sonic exploration: Continue reading
Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures an experimental drawing-controlled synth jam, via TheAuralab, with the Korg MS-20.
Performance by Ottavia Cimmino & Daniele Principato.
Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures a performance by Angelina Yershova of Italian composer Mario Bertoncini’s electroacoustic work Instantanee II.
via Rod Mitchell
Lucy Sansom turned her sister into a human theremin using conductive ink.
Here’s what Sansom has to say about the project: Continue reading
Sunday Synth Jam: Nicolas Bernier’s frequencies (a) is a mad science sound performance that combines the sound of mechanically triggered tuning forks with pure digital soundwaves. Continue reading
This set of videos documents Sound Picking – a project of Jonas Barsten for his master’s thesis.
Sound Picking explores joint improvisation between musicians and dancers, using the dancer’s gestures as an input into processing the music.
Here’s a performance of Sound Picking: Continue reading