Today I’ve released “Howdy Maestro”, a four part 31 minute piece using mainly a broken sitar, transducer, computer-controlled motor and Supercollider oscillators and processing.
Very short snippets of each parts
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I was gifted a battered and broken sitar by a fellow sound enthusiast. Only a few strings left, sympathetic strings broken, tuning was difficult, etc etc. So I toyed around with just exciting the few strings that were left with various Supercollider oscillators, mostly just pure sinewaves, having them do chords and sweeps to listen to the silvery timbres. I was doing some recordings with a shoddy homebuilt motorized monochord at the time, so I transfered that setup to the sitar, having the motor excite the strings via a rubber tube and a piece of soft felt.
All the parts are, in some way or another, connected to the sitar. Either through directly playing it, processed recordings of it, things being transduced through it or all of the above. I also did some wonderful wonky stuff with tracking pitch and amplitude of some of the source sitar recordings, using that control data on a wonky, phase-modulated sinewave oscillator in Supercollider and then transducing that through the sitar string. With certain configurations of the pitch tracker, it will just go nuts, sometimes lightly but somethings violently overshoot and track brief overtones. I also did a short setup where this is implemented in a feedback loop, so the pitch is tracking itself, which of course goes nuts every easily.
I hope you’ll enjoy it.
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