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December 24, 2007

Music For Tidy Spaces

For the past week I've spent some time working with Plogue Bidule, creating some generative sonic processes. One of the more palatable results has been a work I've called Music For Tidy Spaces. I won't go into any serious musings of the aesthetic/perceptual elements of the work (it is the season to take it easy after all), but put simply, it seems to work well in a relatively 'tidy' space played at a low volume.

As I mentioned before it was realised with Plogue Bidule, using sets of MIDI sequences, schocastic generators and audio loops, with subsets of post-effects such as filters, tap delays and reverb. I incorporated a matrix bidule (similar to the one in MAX/MSP) to 'score' the sonic process - capable of isolating and re-routing tracks. The sonic materials consists of sine tones, noise signals and a couple of long ukulele recordings which I performed myself.

It's no great technological feat but I'm quite happy with the sound of it, and it has provided some interesting conceptual in-roads for the research.

I actually composed the work for my partner Lauren's upcoming birthday in a couple of days. It's dedicated to her tidy spaces. :)

The cover art on the CD pack reflects my current obsession with inks (see below.)

As the track is 18 minutes long, audio excerpts can be downloaded here:

Excerpt 1: download [730 KB]
Excerpt 2: download [729 KB]
Excerpt 3: download [741 KB]
Excerpt 4: download [732 KB]

December 20, 2007

Another mention for Tyndall Assembly 07

The Tyndall Assembly concert series was mentioned in the 2007 arts wrap-up in the Dec 21st edition of the Adelaide Review. Thanks to writer and concert 2 attendee Grahame Strahle.

M.I.A gets censored (again)

Censorship is a wonderful thing:

December 15, 2007

TLR 'wins' an Oscart

The Tyndall Assembly and myself got a brief mention in today's Advertiser annual Oscarts listings for 2007. Under the heading of 'Best Experimental Music' the entry reads:

Tristram Louth Robbins (sic)
The computer sonic radical and founder of the Tyndall Assembly series ensured sound bites in Adelaide.

I'm not entirely sure what a 'computer sonic radical' is, but I'm happy with the publicity and send kudos to the Advertiser for the mention.

December 11, 2007

Eno on AlJazeera

Just so you know, this blog isn't really an occasional shrine to the wonderfulness of Brian Eno, but this recent YouTube interview with Riz Khan is very interesting from the perspective of Eno's political activism and erudite analysis of current affairs.

December 02, 2007

Tyndall Assembly Podcast

A JArts Crew podcast of a feature on the Tyndall Assembly can now be downloaded here:

It features me (amongst others) giving some an alarmingly erudite voxpops.

December 01, 2007

Cooking blog update

Normally I wouldn't promote my cooking blog here, but there was a good salsa/chicken/cous cous dinner put together tonight.

You can check it out here:

Thanks to the lovely Lauren for the suggestion, and the suprise bottle of rose.

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