Archive for March, 2010

exploitative mimicry

March 29, 2010

In a worm-harvesting technique calledworm grunting, people plunge a wooden stake into the earth, which they then rub with a metal stick. The grunting sound it produces brings hundreds earthworms up to the soil’s surface.


common lisp music

March 19, 2010

one sample from nina simone 

alvin lucier’s 20 lisps 

close listening

March 10, 2010

Gleaned from an episode of Close Listening(left channel only). Charles Bernstein’s inquisitive microsounds (mm-hm, hmphs, er) as percussion, Waldrop’s echoes as ornament. Used SoX to scan for any material below a certain volume, then reorganized the output. 

probes & poem drones

March 8, 2010

Sound lattices for mp3 or wav files: filters scan for ‘disfluency’ or ‘throat clearing.’ In textsound : ‘Ulf Clears his Throat,’ a hacked interview with the poet Stolterfoht.   

Below is a filtered interview with William Carlos Williams, gathering disfluency, prolongation, stammering, microphone noise, barking dogs, etc. 

caudal crop

March 7, 2010

Pigeon cooing bouts… consist of a series of typically three sound pulses each with a duration of about 70ms. An initial high amplitude cycle followed by one to two cycles of lower amplitude and a build up to a constant high amplitude characterized by a single sound pulse.

-Larsen & Goller, Role of Syringeal Vibrations in Bird Vocalizations

Pitch shifted coos and feathered microparticles

Collaboration with Houston Snyder

atom swerve: two granular pieces

March 7, 2010

‘Different Honey’ by Barbara Guest, sent through a granular synthesis patch

a cloud of grains is a tiny sound object –   curtis roads, microsound 

Beaches ringing is a collage of Vachel Lindsay’s voice, synthesized flute, dancin’ on the moon, & treated field recordings from Coney Island. 

exaggerated soundscape

March 7, 2010

collage made from the soundtrack to svankmajer’s ‘conspirators of pleasure’