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Final concert

September 19, 2009

On Tuesday Sept. 15th 2009 at 7pm on the CCRMA Stage we had the final concert of the Sounds of Stanford course. The concert included the pieces that the students had composed as part the final project. The goal of the final project was to compose a short sonic creation only using sounds from Freesound.org (which includes the more  than 300 sounds recorded during the course, tagged with aip09 in freesound). Here we list all the compositions and link the audio files.

Aboard the USS Pompanito (stereo version) Peter Livesey (more info and credits)
The main track track for this piece was the background sound recorded aboard the USS Pompanito, a historic world war II submarine in San Francisco. The piece was mixed to be played in the listening room downstairs, a room which provides 16 speaker surround sound including speakers below your feet. Though there are no speakers below you in this room, it is still mixed in surround sound. If you would like to listen to the piece in the listening room, just let me know. I recommend you close your eyes, relax and enjoy the piece.

Watershed Lauren Palumbi (more info and credits)
“Watershed” follows the progression of water from its earth and sky sources down to the ocean. Watersheds are a critical aspect of ecosystem health and often people don’t realize where their water comes from or where it goes. The goal of this piece is to consider water as a moving and dynamic entity of its own, not simply the stuff that comes out of faucets or plastic bottles.

IncubusBen Zhen Sung (more info and credits)
The title is “Incubus,” meaning ‘nightmare.’ Hopefully you’ll find the music bizarre yet familiar, like some dreams. 🙂 My goal was to play with pitches and rhythms inherent in non-musical sound. That is, I believe all sound is somehow musical, even supposedly non-pitched sounds or droning sounds with supposedly no rhythm. I picked sounds and tried to arrange them in such a way that the listener might be brought to hear the music of non-musical instruments. I threw in two phrases of actual instrumentation to act as tonal “anchors” and as sources for comparison.

On the outer edges of the universe Christina Ho
When water and iron fly apart in zero gravity and cry because they miss planet earth. This piece samples seven different sounds: two cello recordings, water pouring into a metal bowl, the flicking of a metal goblet, and Jesse Engreitz banging on various metal tubes/barrels.

I felt like i missed herNathan Lomeli
A computer-generated voice intones a diary-like monologue from the perspective of a young man. The man expresses desire to be with his lover, but reveals guilt about the presumably lopsided nature of the relationship. At the end of the monologue we learn that these feelings, though ever present, are unmasked by the narrator’s solitude.The composition is underpinned by a looping blues sample that helps to establish the tone and pace of the piece.Sound samples recorded from live sources weave in and out of the mix, reinforcing the semantic meaning of the words and creating moments of tension.

Best Medicine Jesse Engreitz (more info and credits)
Turmeric is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, Zingiberacea.It is native to tropical South Asia and needs temperatures between 20°C and 30°C, and a considerable amount of annual rainfall to thrive. Plants are gathered annually for their rhizomes, and re-seeded from some of those rhizomes in the following season. In Ayurvedic practices, turmeric is thought to have many medicinal properties and many in South Asia use it as a readily available antiseptic for cuts, burns and bruises. It is also used as an antibacterial agent. This piece is not about turmeric.

Fresh EpisodeLuke Wigren (more info and credits)
Rain. A soothing shower from the heavens or a randomized, headache of disjointed pitter patters? Fresh episode is a musical composition and exploration into the inherent rhythm and various sonic qualities of rain. Our journey follows rain water as it falls from the sky, landing on foreheads, trees, and pavement, and then, as it travels down hills, streets, and finally into gutters – never to be heard from again… Every single sound you hear (except for the guitar) was recorded on Stanford campus this past Sunday during one of California’s very rare rainy evening.

Non-guitar rhythms Tyler Maue (more info and credits)
This piece is trying to create a soundscape of the way in which a standard acoustic guitar can cause sounds to make rhythmic musical patterns that are normally not what you think of. It then applies several sound transformations along with looping to evoke an even more unnatural sonic composition to further distance itself from traditional guitar sounds.

Smack TalkAtha Fong
This is a sound piece composed of various sounds made with a ping pong racket, ball, table and shoes.The voice in this piece belongs to Jesse Engreitz. All the sounds are transformed and altered, the most common of which are pitch and speed transformation.

Game Over Lucy Bailey (more info and credits)
This piece includes sounds collected at the Box Shop and the Musee Mecanique in San Francisco.

Puppies in a Box Anastasia Yee
Inspired by artist engineer Lucy Hoskings and her description of her fire pipe organ. Focuses on the versatility of transforming the human voice, as all sounds are generated from a single 20 second clip out of a conversation. This clip occurs nearly unaltered only once, in the middle of the song.

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