th at ti me wh en Sketches – variation VIII

Another sketch from th at ti me wh en – the spin-off project from this this. I’m really enjoying this project; really restricting myself in terms of materials, and the noisemakers on the Pi instrument interacting with the cheap pre-amps on my Behringer mixer make for some interesting noises. I’ve broken the rules I’ve set myself somewhat for this sketch, though. Rather than using only the noisemakers, I’ve thrown in some sine tones. I hesitated categorising this as a th at ti me wh en track, but then it’s definitely not a this this piece; not dry, pure, forensic enough. Not to mention the pitfalls of endless categories and sub-categories… th at ti me wh en is more introspective, molding, bending, stretching the ideas of identity/self/place that arise in this this.

CERENEM Journal #5

Flickers and flashes. Fizz, pop, whoosh, rrrrttthhhhh. In the corner of my mind’s eye. In the street, the train; on an old record, down a YouTube rabbit hole. Stop a while, listen. Consider the sound. Watch its movements, colours, textures. If it excites, take out the phone. Record a short excerpt. Forget until the urge to make a new thing arrives. Revisit. Stretch, mold, filter. Layer with more bottled sounds.

The latest issue of University of Huddersfield’s CeReNeM journal is out! It takes the form of a website, and I’ve written an article on how I use my synaesthesia to compose music and audio/visual work. It also features articles by postgraduate colleagues, including Pia Palme, Beavan Flanagan, Eleanor Cully, Daniel Portelli, Alex Grimes, David Pocknee, and Michael Baldwin.

You can read my article here, and click the menu on the left of the page to view the other contributions.

CeReNeM is University of Huddersfield’s Centre for Research in New Music.