A work which was developed over 2014-15 and recorded in April 2015 has now been released on Bandcamp as part of the Maurilia Sound Studio series. The work was composed using Max/MSP, a vocoder and a couple of effects modules.
The fourth volume of the Maurilia Sound Studio series is now available. “Goyder’s Line” – recorded in April 2015 – is a composition for Max/MSP, vocoder and effects modules. For its structure and form, the work references the geographical boundary (or isopleth) pioneered by George Goyder in the mid-1880’s to denote and determine patterns of rainfall in South Australia. The work’s sonic character (derived from sawtooth waves and the feedback of a Moog MF-108M module) results in a continuous drone; consisting of rich, wavering harmonic tones and textures which are intended to be evocative of the colours, climate, topography and relative stillness of the landscapes that Goyder’s Line passes through.
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From my notebook:
9:25am – 10:25am
Recorder positioned with L (north), R (south)
Town Hall bells chime at 9:30am, and periodically every 15 mins.
Lots of sporadic traffic on Pirie Street (trucks, rattling engines)
Construction to building to the south. Frequent sounds of drilling and hammering. Becomes less frequent in the final 15 mins of recording.
First tram passes on King William Street at 9:47am
Nice organ harmonies at 9:53am
Nice low resonances at 10:07am
Patter of leaves blowing at either end of walkthrough
Pedestrians – on foot: 33
As part of Adelaide City Council’s Soundscape program, my new installation work, Orbits is installed at the ACC’s walkthrough. It will be installed there until Monday 6th June.
A short description of the work:
Orbits is a sound work developed specifically for the Adelaide City Council walkthrough. The sonic material is drawn from two cyclical chord sequences played on a 1950’s reed organ routed to a harmonic modulator. Since the two chord sequences are of different lengths, the sequences slip out of phase with each other (a phase relation) and – in conjunction with the harmonic modulator – result in complex harmonies and textures.
You can listen to an excerpt of the work below:
More documentation to come in the near future, including some in-situ audio recordings, and at some point a formal release of the composition.
I’m currently making some long overdue Fleurieu Sound Map updates and in addition to adding a bunch of Carrickalinga recordings from last May, I’ve pinned the ~almost~ exact location of the land sculpture I built in 2011, which was still there in May 2015. If you’re ever in the area, approximately 4km southwest of Lady Bay..