Friday, January 18, 2019

Noah Safian: Week 2 Terms


1. Quantize: Primarily found in digital music processing, quantization is the process of eliminating the imprecision of musical notes due to expressive performance. Because of the impeccably precise timing of quantized notes, the resulting sound is commonly referred to as “mechanical” and “manufactured”.

2. Humanize: In contrast to quantization, humanized music and rhythms have slight incongruences in timing, velocity, and timbre that are consistent with human instrumental performance.

3. Audio Automation: Modern digital audio consoles or mixers use automation, which allows the audio engineer to make adjustments to EQ, panning, faders, etc during the post-production editing process. A timecode is necessary for the synchronization of automation. Automation allows for the further manipulation of recorded sound, and can be used to evolve a particular sound in different ways throughout a track.

“Ghostwriting”: Throughout history, musicians and composers have composed music for other artists to perform, or performed work that was not their original songwriting. Nowadays, primarily in hip-hop, the concept of having one lyricist write a song for another rapper to perform is frequently scrutinized as being inauthentic. However, the fact that an artist did not compose the work they are performing does not necessarily negate the significance of their performance or its value to the performer. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Gibby W2: Terms


  1. Moment- a moment is a perceived unit of time in which something distinctly engrossing is happening. I think it is vital to organize a performance with balanced pacing of moments to keep the audiences attention. Moments can be musical or visual (or both), loud or quiet, and big or small just as long as they are distinct and entertaining.
  2. Feature- when something is featured (is the feature), it is presented with great importance and priority. A feature can also be a moment, or a short yet powerful presentation of the subject. The feature carries the intent or message on a macro or micro scale.
  3. Pocket- When everyone in the ensemble commits to the groove and the groove slaps, they’re in the pocket. When you’re in the pocket, it feels good.


Hipster- I’ve had people describe the music I make and the trajectory of my style as hipster which (although pretty comical) is a massive degradation of all art outside of the mainstream. I think labeling art as hipster is to lack openness to new experiences, and while I do agree that my focus is outside of the mainstream, my hope is to make music that can reach beyond that label. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Nick Warren; week 2

Two terms from my practice:

1. Head- The (typically) 8 to 32 bar portion of a jazz tune at the beginning that establishes the chord progression and main melody of the tune. The musician's then improvise over the same chord progression.
2. Changes- the chord progression

One misunderstood term:

Sequenced- Many people use this term to imply that some music "has no soul" because it was sequenced on a computer or other sequencer. However, it is just that they don't understand the art behind this type of music.

Blog Week 2

In each discipline, and really in any human endeavor that involves a closed group, the members develop an internal language that has specific meanings and implications for them and either very different, or sometimes little or no meanings for those outside the group.  Even common words or expressions can take on new meanings within a group.

Your blog post should have two parts:

1. What are three of your favorite words or terms from the 'secret language' of your discipline, and why are you drawn to them, or why are they important to your discipline? Help the rest of the class by explaining what they mean to you, to your discipline, and why they are significant.

2. Conversely, people outside of the group can tend to reduce the inherent richness and diversity of a discipline by using an unfair condensation of one or two words to describe the totality of the group, or by misusing or misunderstanding these terms.  What is the outsider description of your discipline, or a term that people use to describe your discipline that you find to be most inaccurate, reductionist or plain wrong?
Between Saturday and class next Tuesday, read everyone else's posts, and comment freely.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Conner post 1, 2 videos


This is an ambient improvisation I recorded for an album that is in the works. I used vibraphone as well as a bowl of water filled with loose jingle bells and washers. This next clip interests me as a possibility for a collaboration between acoustic instruments and live processing.

Kam's first blog post



heres my first video - I chose thins one because i think it best represents the sort of music that I like to write, as well as my love for drumming.



and my second one - I chose this video because I love the way that Merrill uses her loop in and out of the song. Each member of her group is on the same page about where they are in the song based on the loop, and everyone is expressing the same level of energy as Merrill, which is one of the most important things to me when I'm playing with a group.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Heather Schmidt, Week 1

This is a piece of mine, combining piano with ambient electronic sounds, that is pretty reflective of my work. I like to play with the interaction between acoustic and electronics instruments, particularly with a cinematic/soundscape focus.





The video below is a similar concept, but adds more instrumentation and complex rhythms, which is something that I have been interested in doing. I would also love to use prepared piano, but couldn't find a video that I liked that showed a collaboration using prepared piano, electronics, and additional instruments.


Nick Warren; Week 1

This is a (sideways) phone video of a tune I wrote for the electronic hip-hop/jazz jam band I'm in with a few friends. We don't really have the chance to play very much, so we don't really gig around. However, this is definitely a pretty typical vibe I go for when I write tunes.




I would really like the opportunity to work with some modular gear. It is the perfect representation of how I think of music performance as an interaction– in this case between man and machine. It would be cool for me to be able to use something like a modular setup to do live processing of signal someone else is creating. One thing this video doesn't show that I would like to do with this performance is utilize some of the surround capabilities of the Davis studio.
This is a song that I took off my Soundcloud and I think it represents me fairly well.  When making this remix, the only thing I started with was the vocal stems.  The rest of the. music I composed and produced.   I really like combining acoustic and electronic elements in my tracks and I definitely do that in this one.




This is one of my favorite videos. I love the piano guys mainly because I play the cello and the piano but also because of their use of technology with their work.  I think this video is amazing cause they use 100 tracks to create the video. It's also not just playing the instruments traditionally, they use interesting techniques to get cool sounds from both the piano and the cello.  I think doing something live like this would be awesome (because I have an electric cello and a loop pedal).

Noah Safian Week 1 - 2 Videos


This first video is the closest representation I could find to a performance I led last semester in PAT 472. Each member of a 5 person "laptop orchestra" utilizing Chuck MiniAudicle coding software was given a piece of code for different sonic elements of a storm. This included the sound of high and low pitched winds, rain, and various thunder samples. A 2 minute storm time lapse video I created was used to conduct the orchestra, as they sonically imitated the storm they were watching in front of them.

















Building off of this performance, I would like to look into having sound affect some sort of visual element in real time (instead of having the visual influence the sound, like in my Storm Sonification). I plan on looking into different hardware and software that allow significant manipulation and can achieve this kind of effect.