Thursday, April 13, 2017

Wind Wand Instructions

Hello all! In the interest of posterity and extra credit, here is a detailed set of instructions for how to make the wind wands!

Components:







Assembly:








Friday, April 7, 2017

Monday, April 3, 2017

We're all looking forward to mashing it all together this week! (fingers crossed for decent weather)
Here's the Head of the River:

Here's the Tree getting a test run yesterday:

Friday, March 31, 2017

River

Looking forward to working with the Puppetry Class on Tuesday to start figuring out choreography! In addition to the changes that Cedric listed below, we also are adding a few more MIDI mappings with the panning/volume for the drums and melody, just to give the piece a little more life.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

River Emerging

At this point, we just need to remake some of the whoosh sounds so that they can be longer. It will be no problem, the samples that we originally used are much longer anyway so all we need to do is fade them out a bit slower and maybe add a bit more delay or reverb to them. Shortening the piece overall will also be easy since the drums are all entirely looped and the melody is essentially modular. Should be no problem.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Frog Music Updates

Johanna, Ben, and I have pretty much composed all the music and created a working Max delay patch. At this point, Johanna and Ben just have to perfect their slide whistle/theremin techniques, which they will be playing live, and I have to map everything to MIDI controllers so I can do more live processing of the music. Everything is coming together nicely and we're really excited!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

River Updates

Rachel, Cedric, and I worked on the river piece during the second half of class today. The piece already sounds so much more complete than last Tuesday. We transferred the drum ideas that we had from a couple of weeks before and combined them with the melody presented two days ago. During class, we were triggering different sets of drum samples and figuring out what sounds best for when the Head of the River emerges. We plan to use Cedric's samples and trigger them using Rachel's MIDI keyboard as the piece progresses, to really combine natural and synthetic elements in our piece.

Whooshes

Just working on finding some "whoosh" samples for the composition that Jennifer and Rachel are working on. Wish I could use Sonar Platinum but I'm having a hard time using any instruments in it. I can pretty much only work with existing audio which is upsetting. So instead I am searching the interwebbles for sounds that indicate water movement without it sounding too much like water samples.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Slide whistle & frog patch update

I've been practicing my slide whistle technique, and I'm planning on trading melodies with Ben's theremin during some of the frog music.

I've also adjusted the frog chorus patch to use the pitchshift~ object instead of the pfft~ object, because it preserves the "frogginess" of the percussion frogs when pitchshifting.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hello All,

Becca just sent me a max patch for Clem, Mac, Spencer and I to use for the opening music scene. We are excited to utilize granular synthesis to augment our ever-evolving composition!

Ayal