Episode 6: Wickedness Stops Its Mouth
mp3 file: Wickedness Stops Its Mouth
MacCSound file: eyeballsun_080905.csd
This seems to be turning into an annual podcast. Well, the old computer died and the new computer doesn't run Supercollider. So I'm switching to Csound
, a fossil in the evolution of computer music, based on the original Music V program by octogenarian Stanford professor Max Mathews
is named after him). It's like writing music in Apple II BASIC, but it works well. I'm using MacCsound
, which actually has an easier method of building GUI-based controls than Supercollider. Thanks to MacCsound, this new piece actually has live control.
I came up with a patch that sounded like cicadas. There've been a lot of cicadas out this summer. Unfortunately, when I listened back to it, I discovered that I'd been overloading the CPU, and the tremelo effect I'd heard was the audio cutting out repeatedly as the processor tried to catch up. The recording consisted of a small number of unpleasantly steady tones. So I figured out how to lighten the CPU load and added a tremelo on purpose.
This is an extremely quiet track. The aiff was a little louder, but either the frequency range or the hard stereo separation made for significant loss in the mp3 encoding.