“The sound of anything coming at you–a train, say, or the future–has a higher pitch than the sound of the same thing going away. If you have perfect pitch and a head for mathematics, you can compute the speed of the object by the interval between it’s arriving and departing sounds. I have neither perfect pitch nor a head for mathematics, and anyway, who wants to compute the speed of history? Like all falling bodies, it constantly accelerates. But I would like to hear your life as you heard it, coming at you, instead of hearing it as I do, a sober sound of expectations reduced, desire blunted, hopes deferred or abandoned, chances lost, defeats accepted, griefs borne.”
– (Angle of Repose pp. 25)
A quick experiment in phasing, and the materiality of digital audio, using two portable chant boxes (also called Buddhist jukeboxes). Each box contains the same set of loops and should work identically. However, because of discrepancies in construction, battery power, etc., each plays at a slightly different rate (and pitch). When loops are initiated together, these differences accumulate and the loops decouple from one another, producing a phasing effect à la Steve Reich. Gonna make another higher quality video w/ stereo audio one of these days. (Incorrect date in the video: Jan 5, 2016)
Some photos by Vicki Ly of me gesticulating at the Megapolis Audio Art Fest are up over here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/megafest/21801786640/in/photostream/
Note the Cigar Box Talkbox I made for the occasion!