MIDI sharing - notation and instrumentation - 19/9/21

How can instrumentation change the character of a piece of music?

In this session we experimented with MIDI. Simply put, MIDI is a way of notating music. MIDI files contain numerical information that tells computers what notes to play, how loudly to play them and potentially much more. But there is no intrinsic sound quality when working with MIDI.

We each composed a short piece, using MIDI. While some chose to create instrumentations for reference during the process of composing with MIDI, others chose to compose using the bland sounds.

Featuring work by: Ábel M.G.E. mistakeless and Eleanor F. Robertson

Here's Eleanor's piece with the sounds used during the composition process:

Now, here's the same piece with Abel's different instrumentation:

How do the two versions differ?

Let's move onto mistakeless' piece:

Here's Eleanor's instrumentation of the above piece:

And finally, Abel's piece:

Now, mistakeless' instrumentation of the same piece:

If you want to have a play around yourself, you can download the MIDI files here. The files may have low notes at the very beginning, these are dummy notes to help sync up the MIDI files.

lost in translation - score making and interpreting - 27/3/21

What instructions can we give to describe how we might reproduce a sound? And how will those instructions be interpreted?

In this session, we all created short sounds. These were passed onto another person, who was required to create a score (a score can be a set of instructions or something more abstract) that would describe the original sound. Then the final person in the chain interpreted the score they recieved.

Featuring work by: Ábel M.G.E. Asher Fynn mistakeless Mara Prună and Patrick Phillip

Here's a sound, created by Ábel:

And here's how Asher described that sound:

Finally, here's mistakeless' interpretation of Asher's score:

What elements of the original sound could you hear in mistakeless' interpretation?

Here are all of the other examples!

Sound and video by Asher:

mistakeless' score for Asher's video:

And finally Mara's interpretation of mistakeless' score:

Now, a sound by Mara:

Patrick's instructions:

Grab a sheet of paper and pencil. Grab a phone and hit record. Write on the paper, but not too aggressively. The recording device must be very close to the writing source to pick up sound. Try to include ambient room noise, possibly by opening the window?

And Ábel's interpretation of these instructions: (skip to 32s for pencil sounds)

For reference, here's what Ábel's scribbling looked like:

It's pretty fun to try and match the sounds with the gestures in the image.

A sound by mistakeless:

Mara's score:

And Patrick's sonic interpretation:

Last one

Patrick's sound:

Ábel's score:

Asher's score interpretation: (this is a cool transformation)

That's all of them! This was really fun to try out. Thanks to Mike, who originally devised this creative exercise for undergraduate Electronic Music students at Guildhall.

multiplayer drum sequencer - improvisation - 5/9/21

An improvisation created with the Intersymmetric online multiplayer drum sequencer. The improvisation is free to download!

Sample the recording if you like! It's released under the Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license.

Featuring: Chris Pott Patrick Phillip mistakeless