My recent set of ten compositions titled Voce Gyre uses existing recordings to build constantly shifting fragmented patterns, which are then layered into strongly syncopated rhythm tracks. By creating a sound cluster using several copies of a basic sampler, recorded material can be imported and cut up using a randomized sample start setting controlled by a low frequency oscillator.
Each piece is short, no longer than two minutes, and consists on 4 bars of semiquaver idiophone introduction material played on a high frequency percussion instrument modified by Ableton Live’s Resonator audio effect. This is followed by 4 bars of deep membranophone pulse which provides a distinct framework for each grouping of measures. The randomized vocal sample material is then introduced for 12 bars of exposition, after which the idiophone track is dropped out for 4 bars. After 8 bars of all instruments playing the composition ends.
By using a variety of sound sources and sampled content, and keeping the material short in length, each composition remains novel as intense registers of the hearing spectrum are explored but not allowed to become tiring. Background noises such as birds and laughter within the audio samples provide an additional level of interest for each. The final composition includes no vocals, utilizing a solo string instrument.
The sound and structure of this collection is influenced by the music of Harry Partch.
Irish girl singing, dogs barking
Ta Houng village folk song, crows
Siberian men, loons on lake
Spanish men’s duo, laughter
Native American voice, meadowlark
Ghanaian women, children playing
Polish birthday song, scrub jay
Mongolian welcoming song, cattle
Siberian Amur Basin women
Traditional Korean string instrument