The Well-Tempered Sequencer

I just invested seven hours or so sequencing a portion of a track approximately 750 milliseconds in length. Looping such a short amount of audio over and over and over and over and over for a period of time this long always seems to induce…

Whether or not microscopic lifeforms are utilizing our own advances in nano-technology against us should be of no concern to you.

As is common with electronic-music composers, I just invested seven hours or so sequencing a portion of a track approximately 750 milliseconds in length. Looping such a short amount of audio over and over and over and over and over (and over) for a period of time this long always seems to induce an odd hue of sensory harmony for me, afterward. It is a harmony that filters my senses through the attributes of the audio in question.

In this case, I was writing patterns in hexadecimal columns, altering spatial algorithms of a reverb dll, and interpolating between values manually via column strings, which is the most precise method I’ve found thus far concerning textural manipulation. The latent effect this seems to have on my senses is interesting. I find my brain has momentary difficulty discerning certain commonplace, household sounds.

I’ll take a break to use the bathroom for a moment, and the resonant frequency of the water-tank filling itself up after flushing will be a few hertz away from a ‘G’ note, the leaky faucet simultaneously emitting a 440 Hertz tone in ‘A’, so I’ll scamper to the faucet and try turning the knob – ever so slightly and gingerly – to attempt a pitch correction to A#, thus helping the universe by converting the chord from a ‘second’ to a ‘third’, unaware for that brief moment that not every set of circumstances that produces an audible sound can be regulated, sequenced, or altered in any controlled manner.

There are endless examples, naturally:

You are in a movie theater. A whining, bastard of a child is whining like a bastard in the seat in front of you, ruining your overpriced movie-going experience. One may implement a series of filters by obstructing the airways of the child with a wondrous variety of materials, each containing their own wave-dampening and absorption properties, or one may opt for a dramatic deletion of the waves’ amplitude by inserting a cutlery device into the esophagus. With adequate real-time software, his waveform could be analyzed, and a series of speakers or transducers would then emit the inverse opposite waveform, canceling the original sound if the two are within appropriate spatial parameters of one another.


EDIT
: It is just over one year since this post, and the album is finished. What an amazing experience, as always. Thank you to so many developers that made it possible, especially Juan Antonio Argüelles Rius and Oskari Tammelin.

Author: Rami

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9 thoughts on “The Well-Tempered Sequencer”

  1. @clam dweller: You can still order the NeoOuija works I did with Matthew Itkin as ‘Sica’ from several retailers. Just google it. Partially Function Stub is also available

    @everyone else: Not sure about a label and releasing stuff. This album will be done around December, and I’ll start marketing more aggressively next January, we’ll see what happens. You can get direct links to mp3’s @ 320kbps on the main site. For FLAC and WAV – I don’t have the bandwidth yet…

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