Improvising Songwriting and Composition Within A Hybrid Modular Synthesis System

Boon, H. 2019. Improvising Songwriting and Composition Within A Hybrid Modular Synthesis System. InMusic19. University of West London 05 - 07 Dec 2019

TitleImprovising Songwriting and Composition Within A Hybrid Modular Synthesis System
AuthorsBoon, H.
TypeConference paper
Abstract

This paper discusses a semi-improvised compositional approach, within a hybridised electroacoustic music context. It will feature a live presentation and discussion of a novel form of professional application to expand contemporary, artistic practice.

A central component of this approach is a discussion of the Analogue Shift Register (ASR) including its various digital representations. Historically the ASR emerged during the early 70s with the first example by Serge Tcherepnin, described as a '.. sequential sample and hold module for producing arabesque-like forms in musical space'.

A contemporary realisation of the ASR can be found in devices such as Ornament and Crime's (O&C) CopierMaschine and Turing Machine (Music Thing Modular/Tom Whitwell). The Shift Register, whether analogue or digital, as part of a composing/writing practice can be a potentially more engaging vehicle, due to its self-generative capabilities, than perhaps a sequencer would be for many practitioners. Whilst it is a slightly more 'esoteric' device, the lines or patterns developed using these systems can in turn be resampled and integrated into various types of composition. As a practical aid the device can seed results applicable to any electroacoustic medium whether for stage, recording studio or live performance. Outputs can be managed with varying levels of granularity and artists can produce innovative results when combined with knowledge of harmony, oscillator tuning, cv quantisation, alongside the exploration of various generative algorithms. Assisted by these devices, the performer/composer would be able to extend their practice to generate structurally complex pieces using a novel approach that hasn’t previously been realised or considerably experimented with alongside contemporary music making tools

The presentation will demonstrate some approaches that allow for original work to be devised using a modular synthesiser as part of the compositional/songwriting process and will enable discussion of the relative merits of this novel form of professional application.

KeywordsPerformance, Composition, Songwriting, Modular Synthesis, Analog Shift Register, Innovation
Year2019
ConferenceInMusic19

Related outputs

Improvising Songwriting and Composition Within A Hybrid Modular Synthesis System
Boon, H. 2021. Forthcoming. Improvising Songwriting and Composition Within A Hybrid Modular Synthesis System. in: Hepworth-Sawyer, R., Paterson, J. and Toulson, R. (ed.) Innovation in Music Future Opportunities London Focal Press.

Skyline Melody - Modular Synthesiser Proof of Concept
Boon, H. 2020. Skyline Melody - Modular Synthesiser Proof of Concept. London

Sonic Recursion - Sound Based Music
Boon, H. 2020. Sonic Recursion - Sound Based Music. London

Not From Round Here
Boon, H. 2020. Not From Round Here. London

Symbolic Violence (Critical Theory)
Boon, H. 2020. Symbolic Violence (Critical Theory). London

Modular Synth as Lab - Complexity and the Single Oscillator
Boon, H. 2020. Modular Synth as Lab - Complexity and the Single Oscillator. London

Simulating A Complex Oscillator - Patching Techniques and Walkthrough - Proof of Concept
Boon, H. 2020. Simulating A Complex Oscillator - Patching Techniques and Walkthrough - Proof of Concept. London

Improvisation Demonstration Number 1
Boon, H. 2020. Improvisation Demonstration Number 1.

The Ways of Making, Dissemination and Reception Have Changed, So What Should We Do About It?
Boon, H. 2020. The Ways of Making, Dissemination and Reception Have Changed, So What Should We Do About It? Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Music Higher Education. City University - Senate House 24 Jan 2020

Observations on the Utility of Square Waves and Their Applicability in Generative Melodic Applications
Boon, H. 2019. Observations on the Utility of Square Waves and Their Applicability in Generative Melodic Applications. SEMPRE Autumn Conference. Bath Spa 08 - 08 Nov 2019

Permalink - https://westminsterresearch.westminster.ac.uk/item/qxy31/improvising-songwriting-and-composition-within-a-hybrid-modular-synthesis-system


Restricted files

Accepted author manuscript

Under embargo indefinitely
Share this
Tweet
Email

Usage statistics

38 total views
1 total downloads
2 views this month
0 downloads this month
These values are for the period from September 2nd 2018, when this repository was created

Export as