Songs, music pieces, tracks, whatever


Le lieu d’un autre centre, with Frédéric Blondy

Preview of the project  “le lieu d’un autre centre”, in collaboration with Frédéric Blondy (bowed and prepared piano), with audio excerpt.

To be premiered October 21, 2011, church St. Merri, Paris, in the series les rendez-vous contemporains de saint-merri and replayed November 18, 2011 at Spectrum Festival, London.
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Alarm–Signal played at Sound and Music Computing Conference, Barcelona

Concert around freesound

Diemo Schwarz performs the piece Alarm–Signal, for CataRT, controllers, and freesound sounds

Alarm sounds and signals are usually lying in wait all around us to alert our attention, warn us of danger, wake us up.  This piece finally gives them a chance to express themselves freely, just what the freesound project was intended for.
“Alarm” and “signal” are the search terms used in freesound to find the sounds out of which this piece is exclusively constructed. Despite the startling nature of most of these sounds, the use of corpus-based concatenative synthesis techniques in the CataRT system makes it possible to compose smooth evolutions and soothing combinations of timbres, thereby reflecting on the inner qualities of these sounds that are richer than their everyday use.

Acknowledgements: Many thanks to Pascal Baltazar for the loan of the Stantum SMK 15″ multitouch interface, and to Mathieu Chamagne for the fantastic work on the Max Multitouch Framework (MMF).


MTBF tracks played on the framework radio show

Three recent MTBF tracks (Knochenmühle, Hertzquelle, Trowel and Seal) were played in the fantastic field-recording oriented radio show framework on radio Resonance 104.4fm in London presented by Patrick Mcginley.

framework – phonography / field recording; contextual and decontextualized sound activity presented by patrick mcginley

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Radio play on the framework show

The field-recording oriented radio show framework on radio Resonance 104.4fm in London, presented by Patrick Mcginley, aired another MTBF soundscape as introduction on 07.03.2009.

See this post for more information about the show.


Hertzquelle (50Hz source)

The piece Hertzquelle (50Hz source) reveals the very source of the ubiquitous hum of 50Hz that surrounds everyone of us, everywhere, everytime.  It can be heard from alarm clocks perturbing the nightly silence, from power adapters that are never switched off, when you touch a blank audio cable, or from badly ground-lifted amplifiers.
This is where it is all coming from, the very place where the world-wide hum originates to radiate all around the earth, tuning the world to its frequency. Read the rest of this entry »


Silver Sounds Exhibition with MTBF soundscape wins award

The Silver Sounds exhibition has won the Times Higher Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. At a ceremony in London last night the University’s Naughton Gallery’s Silver Sounds Exhibition took the top award in the category, beating off competition from universities all over the UK.
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The exhibition is unique because visitors can ‘hear’ as well as see the University’s silver collection, through using handheld computers to highlight objects and listen to the artists’ interpretations. Ten internationally renowned sound artists created sound pieces to accompany 22 of the silver objects, exploring their origins and the reasons for their creation and use. Read the rest of this entry »


Trowel and Seal Silver Sounds exhibition soundscape, Naughton Gallery, QUB, Belfast

This composition was commissioned by Queens University, Belfast, for the QUB Silver Collection soundscapes project, a permanent exhibition at QUB’s Naughton Gallery that presents the universities rich silver collection in a setting where each piece is accompanied by a soundscape, commissioned from one of ten internationally renowned sound artists. These soundscapes respond to the provenance of a particular piece of silverware and explore the reasons for its creation, donation and use and combine with the silver objects to create a new immersive artwork.

The exhibition won the 2008 Times Higher Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts.

The soundscape for the two exhibition objects Presentation Seal and Trowel (1896) is based on the re-contextualisation of sounds stemming from the life cycle and environment of the exposed objects: their creation, their materiality, their usage, and the concepts and entities they refer to.  These sounds are re-contextualised into a soundscape according to their sonic characteristics by corpus-based synthesis, creating a reminiscence of the objects’ presence in its multiple facets, a sort of sonic cubism.

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