Share this with others... The Video of the Live Performance of End Cycle Begin at MDC Arts & Letters Day Has Been Released In April 2016, End Cycle Begin, an excerpt from the electro-acoustic opera, Shibeth by Lawrence W. Moore, was performed live. The opera, Shibeth, features the music Dr. Lawrence W. Moore as well read more...
Share this with others... Going Modular Synthesis with Pure Data I have been deriving a great deal of enjoyment out of making the Learning Synthesis with Pure Data series. Considering that it is a rather niche subject, the videos have been receiving some pretty good attention. In the first 3 lessons, the focus had been read more...
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Shibeth is one of the short opera pieces that are coming together for the premier of the Psyche Electro-Acoustic Opera Company, which aims to bring together multimedia art, dance, voice, and electronic music into a magical experience for audiences of all ages. The opera company has scheduled a premiere performance of selections from the various operas in production on Saturday, August 27th, 2016 at the Venerable St. Bede Chapel on the campus of the University of Miami, Coral Gables. More announcements and information about the event will be forthcoming here at LWM Music as well as on the Psyche Electro-Acoustic Opera Company website listed above.
A Kendall Sound Art Performance of Divertimento for Moog Werkstat No. 1
Lawrence W. Moore and his wife (and fellow composer/multimedia artist) Liza Seigido are co-founders of the Kendall Sound Art concert series. Liza has been finishing up some video editing of older performances recently. She puts the video editing tasks for other composers and performers before those of the founders, and as a result, some of these gems of performances given by Moore and Seigido can come out much later than the others. This performance, from a year ago, is of Moore utilizing his modular analog synthesis setup. Moore has a strong affinity for analog synthesis, finding the sound to be pristine, powerful, and more “alive” than its digital counterpart. While digital synthesis is far more convenient for composing, editing, and arranging, Moore finds analog synthesis to be exquisite in live performance.
Divertimento for Moog Werkstat No. 1 is the first in a series of piece by Moore that are of an improvised nature. They are called “divertimentos” in honor of the term’s usage in classical music. The term refers to a piece composed for the sake of amusement. Moore finds this term quite appropriate for when he is improvising with his modular synthesis set. At the concert, Liza Seigido also engaged tint he improvisation by creating a MAX/MSP driven interactive morphing image backdrop for the performance.
I have been deriving a great deal of enjoyment out of making the Learning Synthesis with Pure Data series. Considering that it is a rather niche subject, the videos have been receiving some pretty good attention. In the first 3 lessons, the focus had been on demonstrating how Pure Data works, teaching the fundamentals of digital audios, and synthesis fundamentals, and different approaches to synthesis. While many of these subjects will be addressed again as the series goes forward, the focus has shifted toward building modules, which are components that make up the overall synthesizer. In doing so, it will be easier for the learner to see how the concepts apply to the software or the analog instruments that he or she is currently using or is hoping to use. As one builds components like a MIDI input module, acarrier oscillator modules, and an ADSR envelope module, it becomes clearer how these commonly used features in software and isntruments actually manipulate the sound signal. this approach also aids one in seeing how math, and thus signal, is transformed for different purposes to trigger different events in the overall system design.
Lesson 04 is devoted to building a MIDI input module, which will allow one to use a controller keyboard or other MIDI device to send MIDI data into the synthesizer. At this point the module is kept basic, receiving notes, velocity, pitch bend, and modulation. This will be enough for one to play the synthesizer that is being built.
Lesson 05 is about making a carrier oscillator. A carrier oscillator is a sound generating oscillator. The term “carrier” is used only to differentiate the sound generating oscillator from oscillators used for modulation and other filtering or distorting techniques. The carrier oscillator is the beginning of the sound making process. The module in the lesson is capable of generating the 4 basic wave shapes which are selectable by the user.
In lesson 06, the modules that gets built is an ADSR envelope module. An ADSR envelope, which allows one to adjust attack, decay, sustain, and release settings, is the next logical step in the design of this modular synthesizer. It allows the user to turn notes on and off by pressing the key of a MIDI keyboard or triggering notes otherwise in some other MIDI device. It also allows one to design the shape of the note’s amplitude over time. This is essential in making a sound expressive, and gives the user the ability to have a dynamic range of loudness and softness to his or her playing experience.
The series will continue with new modules coming each episode. As more and more capabilities are added tot he synthesizer, the modules that are made will continue to evolve to handle new features. In this way, the synthesizer will be built form the ground up as we focus on simpler subject matter to begin with and gradually encounter more and more complexity as the series goes on.
Crafty, the series co-host, would like everyone to know that very soon, we will have some high-end sounding capabilities with our growing synthesizer. Crafty cannot wait until the series gets to sampling.
LWM Music has become quite a busy site recently with frequent visitors accessing the resources from the Learning Synthesis with Pure Data YouTube series and the Pure Data Patches YouTube series. There also have been many visitors coming to look at what I have been doing lately as a composer and video artist. I have decided to install WordPress software to make the website a little more time-efficient to maintain and more friendly for those browsing on mobile devices. The launch began last night, and it has taken only about 24 hours to get some of the conent back up in the new theme design. Both the learning page and the software page have been launched so that those of you who are utilizing the YouTube videos can access the rources easily. The rest of the pages that the site has been maintaining will return over the next day or two. The only content that will need to be generated beyond that point will be new content.
I have been engaging in a number of activities recently, and I will be posting about these activities int he upcoming days. Likewise, new videos in the two different YouTube series will be forthcoming as well. I hope that all of my visitors and colleagues will enjoy the look of the new site, and I would appreciate any comments or suggestions that you may have for improving the site. Thank you for your patience over these next couple of days.