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Singaporean Crosswalk Updates

Singaporean Crosswalk was inspired by my trip to Singapore in 2010. The sound of the traffic light in the city was quite different from that of the United States and Korea.

 

It was fun, effective, and musically intriguing. During the day, this sound was a theme song for the people in a metropolis. During the night, the traffic lights became part of a flora and fauna surrounding the city. I thank SPLICE Ensemble for commissioning and premiering this piece. I also thank Oberlin College’s Center for Information and Technology for renting me multiple computers.

 Singaporean Crosswalk requires four laptops and four players. It uses the internal speaker and microphone of the laptop, so there is no additional equipment needed. The essence of the piece is in the creation of unique spatialization through physical movement of the laptop players on and off the stage.

The piece has a few updates and news since its release on the summer of 2016.

1. The patch has been updated. The new version has a ‘stop’ button. The sync is now done manually (everybody presses the ‘start’ button at the same time). The wi-fi sync function is still available in the old version (OldVersion.zip).

 

 

2. The piece was presented in Muncie (IN) and Philadelphia (PA) this week. At Muncie, the piece in f Ball State University’s E|M concert series on September 20th. It was performed by Ball State Laptop Ensemble (Lucas Baughman, Daniel Sitler, Carter Rice, and Chad Powers).

 

 

On September 23rd, Temple’s BEEP Electronic Ensemble did a surprise concert at Temple University. It was the first time the piece was performed in an outdoor environment.

BEEP — Temple Homecoming Invasion 2016 from BEEP on Vimeo.

I am quite inspired by these performances, and I want to expand the current quartet version into an octet or larger.

3. Singaporean Crosswalk was performed at Singapore in last October !!! This was a dream-come-true moment for me, and I am grateful for Yong Siew Toh Conservatory’s Listeners’ Present Symposium.

4. Studio version of the piece is now available as a part of Modulationist album.

Gestalt – Video for Sky Blue Waves

Nicolas Garnier of Comoda  created a beautiful video that uses my pieces, Sky Blue Waves.

gestalt from comoda on Vimeo.

I love it. I am also very fascinated with this collaboration, because Nicolas found me on Soundcloud, and asked my permission to use the piece on his video. Nicolas and I never met in person, but I think we make a good team!

Sky Blue Waves is a track in Overundertone released by NOREMIXES.

 

Singaporean Crosswalk (2016) – for laptop ensemble

 

Singaporean Crosswalk was inspired by my trip to Singapore in 2010. The sound of the traffic light in the city was quite different from that of the United States and Korea.

 

It was fun, effective, and musically intriguing. During the day, this sound was a theme song for the people in a metropolis. During the night, the traffic lights became part of a flora and fauna surrounding the city. I thank SPLICE Ensemble for commissioning and premiering this piece. I also thank Oberlin College’s Center for Information and Technology for renting me multiple computers.

 Singaporean Crosswalk requires four laptops and four players. It uses the internal speaker and microphone of the laptop, so there is no additional equipment needed. The essence of the piece is in the creation of unique spatialization through physical movement of the laptop players on and off the stage. The recording of the premiere thus does not demonstrate the most interesting part of the piece, but you can at least hear the general atmosphere.

 

All materials needed to play the piece is uploaded on the top folder of this page. Let me know if you have any questions or need different versions (i.e. for trio, octet, etc).

 

BiQMod for Android

The Android version of BiQMod (747KB) is here! I have replaced a pan knob with a “clean” knob that adds noise to the synth.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/qsfjh31ymn2cyuc/BiQMod.apk?dl=0

  1. Download the app by clicking the above link in Dropbox from your Android device.
  2. Install and Launch. It should immediately make some sounds.
  3. There is no OFF button. Close the app to stop.

I have only ran this app on my Galaxy 3 phone. I would love to have your feedback. Does it run on any other Android devices? Were you able to install them easily?

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BiQMod – for software synthesizer with 18 knobs

BiQMOd (2016) is a software synthesizer I made using SuperCollider.  It features a biquad filter modulating frequencies of three oscillators. I believe that It makes raw and fun sounds that are uniquely digital.

You can try the synthesizer on SuperCollider. Download the patch from the following link:

https://app.box.com/s/pfhk7jqp5nqaffu3snfzvd3oiplnnj31

Here’s a video of an example performance. This version uses MIDI controller to control the knobs. The MIDI version and Android app version will be coming soon!