Description: A shower of grains with an average duration of 80 milliseconds but perceived as a continuous sound produces shifts of changing timbres. The sound source for this granulation made in real time comes from samples whose mathematical data are recorded on a hard disk (it is quanta whose frequency modulation (FM) and the spectral envelope (formants) have been predetermined. ). The reading mode of these data is controlled in a way (as if read stuttering) to perceive as a musical gesture what could otherwise be a succession of brief and irreducible sound events. The piece is a psychological poem that explores aspects of pitch and interval, temporal perception, and timbre in a context of selective listening (auditory streaming). "Fermata via media" was produced (1990) at Simon Fraser University's Electroacoustic Music Laboratory with the help of GSAMX sampling programs for granular synthesis and compositional PDFILX developed by Barry Truax.
Duration: 1 hour 49 minutes 25 seconds
Creator: Ablenas, Robert, 1959-
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Partner: UNT Music Library