Composed/produced by Kevin Bodhipaksha
Rendered by Max/MSP 7 & Logic Pro X
Friday, May 11, 2018
Eastman School of Music
Rochester, New York
i.hear.they.change.lives is an original electroacoustic sound art composition in stereo output. Its material is derived from several field recordings I made (including the predominant, anonymous voice sample heard uttering the ambiguous, titular phrase), as well as many computer-generated sounds, which are meant to digitally resemble the effects of analog and granular synthesis.
The piece aims to exploit such auditory techniques as phase-shifting (popularized by Steve Reich, Earle Brown, ca. 1965), wave interference, signal distortion, speech-to-song illusion, phantom words illusion, glissando illusion (the latter three are research developments by perceptual and cognitive psychologist Diana Deutsch, 1995), and wall-of-sound (Phil Spector, Larry Levine, et al., 1964).
Musically, the piece incorporates elements from such experiemental genres as musique concrète, noise music, glitch music, lo-fi music, process music, minimalism, sound collage, sound mass, and magnetic tape looping. Also, numerically, it contains occasional recurrences of prime numbers, Pi, the Fibonacci sequence, and the golden ratio.
Texts that I consulted for this composition include Albert S. Bregman's "Auditory Scene Analysis", Curtis Roads' "The Computer Music Tutorial", Oliver Sacks' "Musicophilia", Steven Feld's "Acoustemology" and "Senses of Place", Jonathan Sterne's "The Audible Past", Diana Deutsch's website , and other references.
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