Racer Sessions

Sundays, 8-10pm - Café Racer - Seattle, WA

Ivan Arteaga - July 1, 2012

LISTEN TO THIS SESSION!

SESSIONS WILL BE IN ROOM 35 AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SCHOOL OF MUSIC. - CAMPUS MAP. Apologies for the delayed notification!    
-RS
For my Racer Sessions this week I will presenting my forays into the world of computer realized sound, and computer controlled digital signal processing. Basically, this just means doing what a digital delay, or loop pedal is doing, but controlled by a computer, instead of a pedal box. This has taken up a very sizeable chunk of my time and exploration for the last year, and specifically, I have been learning to use a software called Supercollider. I took a year-long series of courses at the University of Washington Digital & Experimental arts program which is a study in the use of supercollider for programming sounds, as well as “computer music” class, in which we explored a whole world of music sculpted by electronic sound creation (both digital and analog). 
For my session, I will first be sharing the sequence of short pieces that I created throughout the year of study. Before playing each one, I’ll be talking about, the purpose, background, and fundamental techniques behind the sound creation. You can listen to them here before the session as well! 
During the fall of last year, I presented an acoustic solo saxophone piece/improvisation. Throughout the year I continually revisited how to solidify that into a more composed piece of music for solo saxophone. As the year carried on, it became apparent to me that the tools revealed through the use of computer controlled sound, were unlocking some of the possibilites I wanted to exploit for this piece. My main project for the near the entirety of spring, became finishing the piece for solo saxophone and electronics, which I programmed, and subsequently control,  in real time. This is the piece that I will perform at Racer, and I’m thrilled to share it with everyone! 
Here are a couple of links to recordings of amazing electro-acoustic music which are worth listening to on a nice pair of headphones, or really good speakers! 
As well, two very amazing pieces for a solo instrument (1 for bassoon, one for Soprano Sax) by Luciano Berio, which have been very inspirational! 
Enjoy! 
The first two are part of a 12 movement piece called De Natura Sonorum, by Bernard Parmegiani.
3. Cricket Voice - (downloadable only .flac file)