Inspired by the null presence of algorithms and artificial intelligence that surrounds modern-day Western society. This composition challenges performer’s understanding of time and ensemble cohesiveness because of the stage layout and use of Quadrophonic Sound System.
It is important to recognize that this composition and its notation is still in its draft form.
Each instrument will be color-coded to notate instruction of Quadrophonic as an instrument. It is highly recommended to use Ableton Live as the DAW for the performance, if not then a standard analog mixer board with a minimum of 11 channels will work just as well. A mixer should have a channel assigned to each instrument and the corresponding color will be used to indicate which channel to send to which monitor. Max for Live has a Quadrophonic VST Plugin that allows for easy control of sound manipulation in space. Performer who is in control of the Mixer should consider using pedals in the Aux Inputs to integrate added effects to particular sections of the performance. In Ableton Live MIDI assignments can be used to map out various FX, parameters, and automation to match the instrumentation and musicality of performers. Be sure to consider gain staging and EQ as to allow equal distribution of audio throughout the performance space
Any tape player that can send audio into mixer and receive audio from a microphone. Minimum 2 separate tapes are required. Mixer will need to switch between tapes twice throughout the performance.
1st tape needs to be a longer loop, roughly around 5-10 seconds.
Start loop during notated section (m62 beat3)
Arm recording roughly at 4min 38sec
Goal is to capture random sections of audio that will eventually overdub to a drone
Use EQ to control timbre
Decrease amplitude and cutoff around 9 min 10 sec
2nd tape needs to match the tempo of the 7/4 section, that being a loop of exactly 3.5 seconds.
Capture audio of piano 8th notes at m175 b3 for one measure and then disable recording.
Overdub audio of 7/4 loop with random
Every channel will have a random oscillator that creates an automatic pan at each Stereo System. This will mean that panning will occur separately from the quadraphonic system notation.
Ending of Mira’s Complex
The beginning melodies will be recorded onto a separate track during the live performance m1 thru m32. At m234 this recording will be launched with conjunction to armed tracks of each microphone/instrument and enabling vocoder FX. Performers will get very close to their microphones and whisper provided texts at random. This will create vocoder voices moving around the room that match the same harmonies presented in the beginning of the piece. Mixer should fade out all channels (except for launched clips) after 2 minutes and 5 seconds. Piece ends with field recording clip.