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!

 

Swamps, Showers, and Creatures – for oboe and computer

Swamps, Showers, and Creatures (2016) was commissioned and premiered by Theodosia Roussos. It was inspired by the flora and fauna of the swamp regions of Louisiana and Florida.


 

Hardware Setup

  1. Needs: audio interface, a microphone (condenser recommended), two speakers, and a computer
  2. Connect the microphone to input 1 of the audio interface
  3. Connect the stereo output of the audio interface to the speakers

Software Setup

  1. Make sure that the computer’s default audio input and output is set to the audio interface
  2. Download and install SuperCollider from www.audiosynth.com
  3. If you have not done so already, download files from www.joowonpark.net/sss
  4. Open SSS.scd in SuperCollider
  5. VERY IMPORTANT: Edit the file path in line #30 of SSS.scd  so that the program can properly find SwampsShowers.aif file. If you do not know the file path, you can drag-and-drop the SwampsShowers.aif file to line #30. It will automatically load the file path
  6. Go to SuperCollider->Menu->Language->Evaluate File. You should hear a thunderstorm sound in few seconds

Performance Instructions

  1. The oboe part is improvised. Imitate nature sounds you hear in the recorded part. There are rains, birds, streams, bugs, and other swamp creatures.
  2. Starting at about 1:30 of the piece, the oboe sound  will trigger long tones in the computer part. The oboist should improvise good accompanying notes to the computer- generated tones.
  3. The piece is in d minor.
  4. Generally, play fewer, but meaningful notes and phrases. Silences are essential.

 

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