The drone server has been finicky - keeps crashing because, being hosted on a virtual server, the cpu allocation isn't constant and at some point the scsynth process sucks up 100% of the available cpu and jackd crashes. I'd like to write a piece with is the sonification of its own system resource usage, but that would require having a separate sclang process to monitor peakCPU (probably - but again, figuring out how to do it in a SynthDef is the kind of restriction I like. As far as I know thought, SynthDefs are constant in the # of cycles they use once instantiated).

I'd like to turn the Rugs not Drugs pieces in to something longer (originally I was imagining them as 90 minutes and 4hrs) but my interest in that world seems to wax and wane on a monthly cycle. I had orignally come up with those heavily phase-modulated synths back in June, while working on drones that could fit into a Twitter post.

~synthFactory.("big-drone2",{|freq=120, n=#[1,2,3,4,5,6], p=#[0.5,0.66,1,2,3,4],x=3,of=4, ra=3,tt=1| var a=p *.x n, f=a*freq, b=SinOsc, c=FSinOsc, r=b.ar(1/f,c.ar(tt,of/a,of/a,0).tanh,c.ar(1/f.reverse,0,x,x)), t = c.ar(tt,pi/2,1/2,1/2); b.ar(PinkNoise.ar(f.log2,f) ,Blip.ar(PinkNoise.ar(r.sum**(f.log2 / 8192.log2),f),x,pi*b.ar(1/f,r,r)),((b.ar((r+r.sum).abs.sqrt/ra,r,2,2)**3)/f)*b.ar(a/(p**t) ,b.ar(a+(r.sum)**t,r,pi*b.ar(1/a,r.sum,b.ar(1/a,r,a))),r/x,0))},{[-1,1]/(1..6)},x);

The drone created by this synth is a matrix of static pitches-amplitudes and phase modulation amounts change, via the r modulator, which is really the heart of the piece. In 20110904 this synth is just instantiated w/ different starting values and left to run from anywhere from 5 seconds to 6 minutes.

20110904 by Backtrace I was inspired by the swaying motif's in Feldman's late orchestra stuff like "Coptic Light" - and by the way that the phrases in his music just hang in the air, each as its own little blob of sound, without really doing anything or going anywhere. This was what I was hearing in my head as I spent an hour cleaning cat hair out of my hallway runner with a lint brush.

The entire code for 20110905 is here:

( ~allServers = [Server.local,Server.internal]; ~allServers.collect({|serv| ~synthFactory.("ikat_yellow",{|a=#[1,1,1,1],t=#[128,129],xMod=1,xAdd=1,xRate=1,base=2,aExp=1| var x,p,h, e=1.exp, b=SinOsc; a=a*.x a*2; x=(b.ar((a**aExp) * xRate,0,xAdd,xMod)**e).tan; h =a *.x t; p =BrownNoise.ar(x.abs.log / base.log,t *.x a); b.ar(p,b.ar(p,0,((pi**(e/x)).sin)**x)*pi,6/h); },{[-1,1]/(1..4)},serv); ~synthFactory.("ikat_yellow_lower",{|a=#[1,1,1,1],t=#[128,129],xMod=1,xAdd=1,xRate=1,base=2,aExp=1| var x,p,h, e=1.exp, b=SinOsc; a=a*.x a*2; x=(b.ar((a**aExp) * xRate,0,xAdd,xMod)**e).tan; h =a *.x t; p =BrownNoise.ar(x.abs.log / base.log,h); b.ar(p,b.ar(p,0,((pi**(e/x)).sin)**x)*pi,6/h); },{[-1,1]/(1..4)},serv); ) ( Routine { ~f.set(\gate,0); ~g.set(\gate,0); ~f=Synth("ikat_yellow"); ~f.setn(\a,[1,3/8,441/512,8/7]); ~f.setn(\t,[128,1.5**12]); ~f.set(\xRate,1/(3**8)); ~f.set(\aExp,0); ~f.set(\xAdd,1.exp); ~f.set(\xMod,1.exp); ~f.set(\base,9); ~f.set(\amp,1); ~f.set(\gate,1); ~g=Synth("ikat_yellow_lower"); ~g.setn(\a,[21/16,4/3,3/7,1]); ~g.setn(\t,[128 * (441/512) * (8/7),128]); ~g.set(\xRate,1/(3**8)); ~g.set(\aExp,2); ~g.set(\xAdd,1); ~g.set(\xMod,14/49); ~g.set(\base,9); ~g.set(\amp,1.25); ~g.set(\gate,1); Routine { 5.do({|x| var z = [8,7,9,7,8].wrapAt(x), w = [6,4,5,4,6].wrapAt(x); x.postln; [~f,~g].collect({|d|d.set(\xRate,(1/3**z))}); (3**w).wait; }) }.play; ((3**[6,4,5,4,6]).sum).wait; ~f.set(\gate,0); ~g.set(\gate,0); }.play; )

This piece instantiates 2 drones and just lets them run, tweaking one modulator parameter to divide the piece into blocks of [ 729, 81, 243, 81, 729 ] seconds. The x modulator is the key here - the grumbling, ripping, and pinging sounds created as it modulates the amount of noise in each pitch layer of the drone. The septimal scale is always mostly yellow to me (like the rug which inspired the piece). I'm also really starting to like the 1:8/7 harmony - the inspiration for both of these pieces was just a drone on a stack of pitches at 8/7 ratios to each other.

20110905 by Backtrace
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