Steve Reich – “It’s Gonna Rain,” 1965

I admit that my love of this work is somewhat extra-musical. This work was the first ever experience I had with both musique concrète and Steve Reich, and every time I hear it I remember that first time I heard it in fourth-semester music theory and how eye-opening it was for me to hear something…

Bohlen-Pierce Keyboard

There is an instrument called Axis which plays back in the Bohlen-Pierce Scale (13 note equal temperament). There are a series of videos on youtube about it, some of which get more technical I believe, but here is one where the player compares a lot of the intervals and chords with equal temperament: I thought…

Reduced Listening

There is a deep, cold humming sound with a tinge of crackled buzzing.  These sounds were supplemented with a more faint buzzing overhead.  The sound of traveling voices peppers this scene. The source of the cold humming is not organic.  The bass of the humming matches the vibration of the floor. -Chris Williams

Daxophone By Hans Reichel

I was most impressed by the variety of sounds that an individual daxophone can produce.  In tandem with others, there is the potential for compositions that sound ethereal or otherworldly.  The daxophone is a friction-based instrument that is played by plucking or bowing.  A contact microphone at its base picks up the sound for amplification. …

Noise Machine Ideas

Noise Machine Ideas 1. Seismo-phone Develop a percussive instrument that is played by the movement of tectonic plates. 2. Emotion-based Music Create an EEG-based musical instrument that is played by changing emotions.  Tones will be mapped to different brain wave activity.  Changing the brain waves, or emotional state, will produce a different sound. 3. Controlled…

What makes an instrument fun? – Adam

“What makes an instrument fun to play?” I would say that any instrument that succeeds in mediating some sort of artistic communication from a performer is one that is fun to play. This would include everything from a violin to an Ondes Martenot to pretty much anything else theoretically. What makes an instrument fun to experience…

Reduced Listening

  It’s a “phew, phew, phew, phew” sound in an endless steady rhythm. Hearing it gives one sensations that appertain to temperature change, and also a sense of movement. It sometimes can become an ignorable drone for it happens so frequently and continuously. It has a high frequency, but also a lower one that sounds…