When I clear up and try to bring back some order in my affairs, it sometimes happens that I catch myself with an old photo album in my hands and that time stops for a moment and then I forget what I was doing. I am then thrown back in time and dream away for miles. This is exactly what happened when I was organising my hard disks and found several folders with unused sound files that I had made for earlier compositions. I started listening to them and found myself drifting from one atmosphere to another.
It's easy to say, 'browsing through different folders'. Most sound files consist of 8 channels which therefore are sets of 8 sound files. To avoid having to open them each time in my DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), I decided to make a special Patch in Max/MSP to which these sets could be dragged and dropped for listening.
Virtual Sound Environments
This browsing through my sound files felt about the same as when, years ago, I teleported from one fascinating spatial virtual (sound) space to another in Second Life with a single click of a mouse. Every area there had its own 3D experience and its own sound experience.
(Second Life is an online virtual world, produced by LindenLabs)
The first performance of this "Virtual Spaces" took place on Oct 13, 2016 at the Auditorio Murray Schafer of the Fonoteca Nacional de México. While I wasn't there, Todor Todoroff, a fellow composer, provided the spatialization of this octophonic composition.
laatste update: 2021.07.15
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