23.12.16

Joseph Schillinger : The Mathematical Basis of the Arts, 1943


Schillinger, a great underrated music theorist and teacher, brought in USA the visionary 'jazzy' language of Scriabin, the greatest musical genius after Beethoven. George Gershwin spent four years (1932–1936) studying with Schillinger. 

14.12.16

Julian Bream plays for Stravinsky


Excerpt of Julian Bream playing for Stravinsky 
The definitive profile of the great Russian composer/conductor, Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971). Over 80 years old at the time of filming in 1965, Stravinsky was full of the joy of life, with an alert memory for people and events in music, literature, and art. Viewers will be treated to Stravinsky reminiscing about his remarkable life, travelling with his wife aboard ship en route to Hamburg and conducting the CBC Symphony Orchestra and the Festival Singers of Toronto in a recording of his Symphony of Psalms. A rare glimpse of the master and his extraordinary life, throughout which moved such legendary figures as Rimsky-Korsakov, Picasso, Rodin, Debussy, and Dylan Thomas.


13.12.16

A Conversation with Igor Stravinsky, 1957




A Conversation with Igor Stravinsky from The Wisdom Series, 1957. In his Diaries, Robert Craft wrote: "June 13... the 'conversation' between I.S. and me becomes duller, more formal and forced as the hours drag on, but he enjoys being on camera as much as I detest it and is as natural and easy as I am tongue-tied and nervous. Precious little 'Wisdom' is gleaned and 'my' questions are really NBC's."  


2.12.16

Unconventional Tools for Sound Design 2: TAPESTREA




TAPESTREA by Ananya Misra, Perry Cook, Ge Wang 

TAPESTREA (Techniques And Paradigms for Expressive Synthesis, Transformation, and Rendering of Environmental Audio, or taps) is a unified framework for interactively analyzing, transforming and synthesizing complex sounds. Given one or more recordings, it provides well-defined means to: 
  • identify points of interest in the sound and extract them into reusable templates 
  • transform sound components independently of the background and/or other events 
  • continually resynthesize the background texture in a perceptually convincing manner 
  • controllably place event templates over backgrounds, using a novel graphical user interface and/or scripts written in the ChucK audio programming language 
Taps provides a new way to completely transform a sound scene, dynamically generate soundscapes of unlimited length, and compose and design sound by combining elements from different recordings. Tailored for sound designers, audio researchers, composers, and anyone interested in experimenting with sound.

Bibliography:
Musical Tapestry: Re-composing Natural Sounds
A New Paradigm for Sound Design


Part 1, Unconventional Tools for Sound Design 1: SPEAR