Digital RoundO #1

An acousmatic piece to reflect on the past looking at the future of electronic music.

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Digital RoundO #1 is a homage to music pioneers of the past. A reflection on the past which tries not to be nostalgic but hopefully provide an insight on the present and future of music. Here I have been looking at the remote past of Baroque Music masters in the piece's title, form and eloquent gestures. The more recent past of electronic music pioneers in its sound synthesis techniques and the craft work of assembling them and the creative use of effects. Use of minimal raw audio materials went in such such direction. Finally, Digital RoundO #1 is a 'dance' which aims to provide listeners with an intriguing sonic experience.

Digital RoundO #1 was performed at the Linux Audio Conference 2012

Technical details

Digital RoundO #1 was entirely composed on Linux. The raw materials are essentially additive synthesis produced in two ways: 1. An additive synthesiser I created in Pure Data which is driven by Markov chains. 2. Analysis and Resynthesis of bitmap images through the ARSS software written by Michel Rouzic. After creating an initial 'palette' of interesting raw sounds I used Ardour as my workbench with chisel-work montage and layering, working on panning and enveloping to shape the overall form of the piece. The g2reverb stereo Reverb LADSPA plugin by Fons Adriaensen was used in a creative, unorthodox way through the continuous variation of the Reverb Tail parameter via automation.