Student Projects Kansas State University (Fall 2012)
Track 1 - The World I Know
This composition is an experiment of fusion between musical experimentation with phased percussion and an acoustic confessional ballad. Lyrically, it is about coming to terms with personal responsibility and overcoming adversity in a chaotic world, while still moving towards hope.
Track 2 - Listen and It Is Heard
The intent of this piece was to take a familiar song and change it in such a way it would not be recognizable, then morph it into the familiar song. Unfortunately, this experience can only be had once. After you know the real song you will hear it throughout the piece. We kept our efforts simple with the use of one instrument (flute) and three preset instruments in Tassman4. The flute and two of the Tassman4 instruments play the melody of the piece while the third Tassman4 instrument is loosely structured off the original song. To create some of the unique sounds we used pitch shifting, reverse, reverb (church) and a few fades. Besides the three recordings from Tassman4 with midi keyboard, all work was done in ProTools.
Track 3 - Life
Our piece takes its name from the poem of the same name by Henry van Dyke. The acoustic instrument sounds (bells, harp, and string orchestra) used in the composition are from Kontakt, an industry-standard sampler and form the background harmony. The principal melodic voice is an improvised solo using the Reason SubTractor synthesizer. In addition to the basic patch (which uses a combination of pulse and triangle waves) the synth applies a triangle-wave LFO to a band-pass filter, effectively causing a series of crescendos and diminuendos to occur throughout the synth's lines. After a little orchestral interlude halfway through the piece, van Dyke's poem is recited by all three composers with a variety of filters applied to give a hazy, dreamy feeling to the recitation.
Track 4 - Street Script
Street Script is a pop-inspired electronic composition. The overdriven keyboard presents an ostinato melody around which the texture gradually layers, intensifies, and grows in complexity. One could imagine riding through the bustling districts of a big city at night, with an optimistic outlook on what is in store for the evening.The bulk of the composition was done using the software Ableton Live 8. This is a groove-creation software that lends itself quite well to groove and texture-oriented composition. The opening effect heard by the listener was designed in Tassman 4, and seems to mimic a siren of some kind heard under water. The rest of the textural interjections heard above the main groove were developed using Reason.
Track 5 - Dreams on a Theme by Porter Robinson
"Dreams on a Theme" explores a motive from the song "Language" by Porter Robinson. The piece begins with a direct statement of Robinson's music, and then shifts into a presentation of our own work. It is like what one would do in his own day dreams after listening to a song. The song is fresh and vivid in the mind at first, but then one begins to think about certain aspects of it, extracting parts here and there, and as the mind wanders, adding new things based on the feeling of that song. The ending is a coming back to reality, as we conclude with a reversed section of Robinson's music. Our work was composed using ProTools to capture, envelope, filter and arrange our sonic images. We also relied heavily on Tassman and the MIDI keyboard for the generationof most of our sounds in the piece
Track 6 - Indonesian Inspiration
This composition features Ben Yancey performing on multiple percussion with recording accompaniment. All sounds in the recording were computer generated and were created by Ben Yancey and Shane Singleton. The form of the piece is inspired by the cyclical time structure incorporated in Indonesian gamelan music. The bass drum in the solo part represents the gongageng which strikes once per time cycle signaling the last beat of the cycle. The bell plates in the piece represent the gender and saron instruments of the gamelan and are often played in unison or answered by various computer generated sounds.