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Re: help wanted for project

Subject: Re: help wanted for project
From: "cmursic" <>
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2003 17:48:13 -0000
This is quite similar to an installation by Brian Eno that was on
display at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (and elsewhere, I'm
sure) a few years ago.  Eno had recorded various tones, chords and
simple melodic sequences on to CDRs, mounted about fifteen small CD
players to the wall of the room, and put each of the players on
repeat play mode (starting each at a different time).  The durations
of each CD varied slightly, so that the aggregate sound palette
perceived by the listener was always changing and never repeated
itself.  He's been doing this kind of loop-based, "self-perpetuating"
ambient music for several years now.  A crude approximation to what
one hears in the wild, where every sound and sound combination
is essentially unique and doesn't repeat (assuming there's more
than one sound source, be it animal, vegetable or mineral).  Infinite
in its complexity yet elegant in its simplicity: a real paradox, the
way I see it.

> >the project is for an installation I'm working on, it's a sphere
or carpet
> >made of little speakers. The sound that will be played comes from
the caal
> >I'm doing at the moment on this forum. The point is that there are
> >samples of a sinewave-tone, at two different octaves. The idea is
> >every cdplayer has its own reapeatdelay (the time the cd-player
needs in
> >order to get the laser back to the start of the song. What I'm
planning to
> >do is, once I get some loops back, to set them all on different
> >forming an organic structure witch has been produced by pure
> >and technological input. That's in short about it. I'm more then
happy to
> >elaborate on the subject or any subject. I know it's not quite
> >naturerecordiststuff, but I normally work with the sound of the
> >body, so maybe that counts for something.
> >The main id is to get this conversation of sound going unendlesly
> Sounds interesting. This will create an "organic" soundscape that
> change as the various CD players coincide or oppose each other in
> cycles, I suppose. Rather like a large number of crickets in a
room, all
> chirping at slightly different rates. In the case of the crickets,
> overall sound will change more with fewer crickets and less with
> sample sizes - is that what you expect here, Pieter?


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