Brad Garton, 1/2010
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These five little pieces resulted from my experimentation with Jeff Snyder's
control surface over the holiday break.
is a doctoral candidate (yikes, in the next month or so!) at
Columbia and has been part of the "CMC gang" for the last
four or five years (yikes, Sam reminded me it was seven!).
He just recently accepted a job as the Technical
Director of the Princeton Electronic Music Studios, or whatever
they're called these days. Yay Jeff!
Jeff's dissertation focuses upon the development of
control interfaces for performing music, especially music using
alternative tunings (one of Jeff's strong interests).
The manta is interesting because it is capable
a great deal of expressive control, but is also quite malleable,
allowing it to be easily configured for particular musical tasks.
In the five pieces above, I developed software interfaces designed
to use different features of the manta. I used the ever-popular
development environment to do the interface programming (Jeff and I wrote
the original [manta] USB interface object for Max/MSP). The
sound synthesis was accomplished using physical models in
object -- no sound samples were involved. This gave me a lot of
control over the sounds being deployed by the manta.
Each piece was improvised, performed live in
our upstairs living room. Doing computer music these days is
so much fun! For those interested, here are the
patches I used:
I put the five pieces in the order above because I think they work
best that way. The last piece in the set (trymanta4)
uses a simple just-intonation tuning
system. I thought it appropriate for Jeff's instrument.