Free / Association

from by Adam Basanta



"It begins with a drip.
The mind wonders, games of free association.
Imagining yourself within the changing scenery.

This piece concerns itself with surreal transformations between unrelated, yet recognizable, sound images, creating an imagined, non-realistic narrative. Ironically, the initial technical challenges of creating a “believable” sonic transformation (between, for example, a glass breaking and a flock of birds) gives way to a challenge to the listening ear and mind; can the listener’s imagination project a personal narrative which will override the protests of the rational mind?

Technically, the piece was realized using various sound manipulation software including Csound and Max/Msp, while specific transformations where achieved through the use (and misuse) of computed ecological models (of phenomena such as a drip, rain, glass breaking etc.), created by the composer. The term “ecological model”, as well as much of the theoretical and practical implications of the term, were largely inspired by the work of Damien Keller.


from sounds from the other room, released August 1, 2010



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