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Detritus 334

 

▶ why simplicity (in music) sells

 

 

cat scratcher keyboard?

 

“Just by living and listening, we have all acquired deep musical knowledge”

more here

 

▶ at least we know who writes those annoying clickbait headlines now: so annoying

 

▶ nice glitchy wireframe music vid (can’t embed)

 

▶ fascinating TED talk – re extracting sound from visual movement starts @7.29 (thanks Pavel!)

 

“I think the artistic process is one of the great adventures left in our modern times. There are very few adventures left to be done by traveling anywhere because everyone has already been everywhere, but creation is still a great adventure.” – Wim Wenders

I missed this doco The Salt of the Earth about legendary photographer Sebastião Salgado at the NZ Film Festival last year, but I am so hanging out to see it – theres a short interview with Wim Wenders here

 

Detritus 333

▶ this is so great (other than for the producers of toxic crap who sponsored it)

 

▶ The world as 100 people

 

▶ 70s rock stars in their parents homes

 

It doesn’t matter what a sound is,
only how it makes you feel

wise words by Gary Rydstrom

 

▶ teaching McNulty how to swear?

 

Performance Part II from David Matthews on Vimeo.

▶ more info here – such great ideas & music (love the instrument @24’20”)

Howled on Their Knees was D. Turner Matthews’s Senior Composition Thesis and funded by Ohio University’s 2013-14 Provost’s Undergraduate Research Fund. He built and invented all of the instruments used in the recital. The instruments include a four-octave steel plate marimba, a four-octave EMT pipe marimba, a two-and-a-half-octave copper glockenspiel, multiple whirly tubes on three separate ceiling fans controlled by dimmer switches, and three string instruments called the “Turner Winch.”
thanks William

 

▶ Walter Murch and “The Rule of Six” with regards to picture editing (thanks Peter!) & not forgetting his invaluable Rule of Two & a Half/trees vs forest for sound, see the part about cutting footsteps for THX1138 here

 

 

Wetten dass..? (LAB BINÆR vs. FERCHAU) #5 from LAB BINÆR on Vimeo.

 

 

Scattered Light 190

Pauatahanui

Pauatahanui inlet shot Jan 7th with Fuji x100s and Lee Seven5 Filters: Big Stopper & Grad Filter,
converted to B&W with Silver EFX… The tide was coming in so my tripod feet got wet…
iPhone photo below of setup

IMG_1073

 

Nuclear Black Noise

by Jerobeam Fenderson

This track is part of Nuclear White Noise • Nuclear Black Noise, a composition for continuous or discrete frequency spectra
check it HERE

AUDIO – in this part only sine waves (discrete frequencies) were used. Using the harmonic series, i.e. integral multiples of the fundamental frequency, an unlimited variety of sound spectra can be created (additive synthesis). To produce these waveforms the open-source audio programming software Pure Data was used.

VIDEO – what you see is what you hear. Left/right channels cause vertical/horizontal deflection on an oscilloscope, which was filmed for this video clip. Each frequency’s phasing differs between both channels, so that the waveforms look different on each, whereby complex interference patterns and shapes can be created (lissajous figures).

 

I love Delia Derbyshire

“My most beautiful sound at the time was a tatty green BBC lampshade,” she recalled. “It was the wrong colour, but it had a beautiful ringing sound to it. I hit the lampshade, recorded that, faded it up into the ringing part without the percussive start…..
I analysed the sound into all of its partials and frequencies, and took the 12 strongest, and reconstructed the sound on the workshop’s famous 12 oscillators…”

 

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I randomly stumbled across some music by Delia Derbyshire in my music library over the holidays and it got me thinking about what is it that made her work so incredibly evocative – it has a form & effect that I struggle to find a contemporary equivalent… So I went on a bit of a Delia listening binge, partly for pleasure but also constantly thinking not so much about how she created her sounds, but about her incredible compositional skills: the form of her work.

As I read more about her I came across this great article on the Sparks In Electric Jelly which is well worth a read, and at the end mentions the beautifully written obituary in the Guardian which is where that quote is from & is worth a read.

Her work creating the theme to the original Doctor Who series is legendary: the results AND the very clever process of creating it! When I think back to my childhood the original Doctor Who scared the hell out of me: I have a vivid memory of watching an episode on our black & white TV (which means it was pre-1974, as we got our first colour TV for the Commonwealth Games held in Christchurch that year) and hiding behind an armchair because it was freaking me out, but I still wanted to watch it! But here’s the thing: even if I was too scared to watch it, the unworldly & occasionally terrifying sounds from Doctor Who made it around the armchair and into my little brain!

But if you only know her work from the classic Doctor Who theme, then you are in for a treat: I highly reccomend you do some listening at Ubu which quite a collection of MP3s HERE including the BBC documentary Sculptress Of Sound – The Lost Works Of Delia Derbyshire which is a great introduction – download this. Also check out the official archive site for her HERE

There is also a great Youtube playlist of her works HERE – so great to see her manually triggering tape machines, in time with the loop/s playing!

Around the same time I was reading a thread on MW about phasers and someone posted a link to this great article: History of Electronic Sound Modification written by Harold Bode no less (the bilbiography of that article is also a goldmine of information and links) and it got me thinking about the relationship between process and form, what we’ve gained AND lost with digital in terms of process, but almost & really far more importantly what it is doing to form: the shape of the work created…

radiophonic_workshop

 

Thank you Delia, your work transcends time & technology…

 

 

Some links & resources:

– Delia Derbyshire Official archive

Ubu – Delia Derbyshire

Guardian Obituary

– Delia Derbyshire – an audiological chronology

WikiDelia
(this WikiDelia extends the Chronology by having a page for each piece, album, person with whom she worked, event she participated in and so on, as well as one for each of the 250+ tapes and 1000+ papers found in her attic after she died)

Sign the petition to have her work released

The Electronic Church of St Delia on Facebook

The Delian Mode (a documentary by Kara Blake, 2009)

Pot Au Feu

– an interview from 1997

– an interview for Radio Scotland
part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-MCEK8G5Tw
part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmzp9AatldQ
part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp5yfLVvflU

– article discussing basic techniques

– great SOS article about the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

– BBC article Lost tapes of the Dr Who composer with example sounds

– its a shame there is no box set compiling all of her work…
Heres a basic listening list, based on undoubtedly dodgy sources

1962:
Arabic_Science_and_Industry
Time_On_Our_Hands

1963:
Doctor_Who
Know_Your_Car

1964:
Amor_Dei_-_1._Groping_towards_God
Amor_Dei_-_2._Rorate_Coeli
Amor_Dei_-_3._I’d_like_to_believe_in_God_but…
Amor_Dei_-_4._There_IS_a_God!
Science_and_Health
Talk_Out
The_Anger_of_Achilles_1
The_Anger_of_Achilles_2
The_Anger_of_Achilles_3
The_Anger_of_Achilles_4
The_Anger_of_Achilles_5
The_Cyprian_Queen_-_clip_from_Wee_Have_Also_Sound_Houses
The_Dreams_-_1._Running
The_Dreams_-_2._Falling
The_Dreams_-_3._Land
The_Dreams_-_4._Sea
The_Dreams_-_5._Colour
The_Dreams_TX

1965:
The_Afterlife
The_Evenings_of_Certain_Lives_(clip_1)
The_Evenings_of_Certain_Lives_(clip_2)

1966:
A_New_View_of_Politics
Moogies_Bloogies
Way_Out
Ziwzih_Ziwzih_OO-OO-OO

1967:
Blue_Veils_and_Golden_Sands
Towards_Tomorrow

1968:
An Electric Storm:
Firebird
Here_Come_the_Fleas
Love_Without_Sound
My_Game_of_Loving
The_Black_Mass
The_Visitation
Your_Hidden_Dreams
Mattachin
Pot_au_Feu
The Naked Sun:
Frozen_Waste
Heat_Haze
Icy_Peak
The_Naked_Sun_-_Scene_4

1969:
Chronicle
Environmental_Studies_from_Gnutella
Environmental_Studies
ESL104:
Delia’s_Dream
Delia’s_Fulfilment
Delia’s_Idea
Delia’s_Psychadelian_Waltz
Delia’s_Resolve
Delia’s_Reverie
Delia’s_Theme
Fresh_Aire
Gothic_Submarine
London_Lemons_(9_themes)
Lure_of_the_Space_Goddess
Planetarium
Restless_Relays
Tentative_Delia
Way_Out
Great_Zoos_of_the_World
John_Peel’s_Voice

1970:
Delia_Derbyshire_-_Music_of_Spheres
Phantoms_of_Darkness
Radio_Solent

1971:
Circle_of_Light
Dance_from_Noah
Dreaming
Electrosonic:
Busy_Microbes
Celestial_Cantabile
Computermatic
Depression
Effervescence
Electrobuild
Electrostings
Freeze_Frame
Frontier_of_Knowledge
Liquid_Energy_(a)
Liquid_Energy_(b)_(rhythm_only)
Nightwalker
No_Man’s_Land
Plodding_Power
Quest_-_fast
Quest
Shock_Chords
The_Pattern_Emerges
The_Wizard’s_Laboratory
I.E.E.100_(clip_1)
I.E.E.100_(clip_2)
O Fat White Woman:
Amo_Amas_Amat
Boys_And_Girls_Come_Out_To_Play
Consequences
Dormitory_theme
Jolly_Boating_Weather
Marching,_chanting,_gossip,_Perfect_Love
O_Fat_White_Woman_-_Title
Seeing_double
Tutenkhamun’s_Egypt

1973:
Music_of_the_Spheres
The_Legend_of_Hell_House_-_Approach_to_the_House
The_Legend_of_Hell_House_-_Credits
The_Legend_of_Hell_House_-_Title

2001:
Synchrondipity_Machine

2010:
Derbyshire-Delia_Sculptress Of Sound_BBC-Documentary

undated:
Door_To_Door
Happy_Birthday
Music_to_Undress_to
Oranges_and_Lemons
The_Delian_Mode

 

previously: I love Tina Weymouth