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Project 1 – Zach Anderson

Hey guys,

Here’s my piece for project 1, I welcome any comments or feedback.

For anyone that’s interested, here’s where I got the sounds:

  • The vocal sounds are from:
    “Schopska Pesen”   on  Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares (1975), by the Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir.
  • The distorted drone sounds are from some SuperCollider code (more on this below) by Nathaniel Virgo.
  • I made the rest of the pitched sounds with SuperCollider.
  • The percussion sounds were made by putting one of the portable sound recorders in my washing machine (not running at the time!) and banging on the lid.

If you’re interested in the Bulgarian music, check this out:  Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares

SuperCollider is an audio programming language that I’ve been fooling around with. I don’t know if we’re going to talk about it in class at all, but I highly recommend checking it out if it sounds interesting. It’s free and open source, and it’s also installed on the studio computers (but not those in the computer lab). The website is here. Also, Taylan has some good resources on his page here.

Zach Anderson

Hi, I’m a senior studying physics (Arts and Sciences).

I’ve played the violin for 12 years, although not particularly frequently since coming to college. I’ve mainly played classical and folk music of various sorts, but I was also in a Jazz band for several years.  I’ve had some additional experience with music theory and composition.  I enjoy listening to most types of music, although I don’t find popular dance music from the past 50 years particularly interesting (with some exceptions).  My computer music experience is rather limited, but I’ve experimented briefly with several open source DAWs, and played around with sound manipulation in a few programming languages.

I don’t have any particular goals in mind for this class, but my interests involve working with unconventional sound sources, incorporating computer use into live performance, and experimenting with homebuilt audio hardware (electronic and acoustic). I’d be happy to collaborate on a variety of projects.

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