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Ji Youn Kang - PULSEGMOD


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Segmod is a non-standard sound synthesis that embraces the discrete nature of digital sound. All sounds created with Segmod result from the concatenation of simple periodic waveforms, such as sine, triangle, and square waves. The sixteen contributing composers have employed a vast array of different compositional, aesthetic, and technological strategies, ranging from inaudible sounds, to neural networks, chaotic functions, careful micro-montages, and analysis-resynthesis techniques. While the results differ widely in sound, all lead back to the idea that synthesis can be seen as a form of composition.

Following to the characteristics that Segmod offers, which are few and quite limited in function compared to commonly used applications for creating sounds, accordingly challenging, this piece is aimed to reduce the musical elements as much as possible, and to focus on rhythmic structures that pulses and their variations provide. ACToolbox is used to generate a pattern, and numbers are generated according to that. Pulse wave is the main oscillator, with its frequency between minimum 1hz to maximum 100 Hz varied by the configured pattern, and only in few cases there are other types of waveforms included, and used in the part that varies its timbre. Making the piece into stereo was essential as the rhythmic structure and its variation not only happen in musical space, but also between two different channels.


from SEGMOD, released April 6, 2019
Composed by Ji Youn Kang using the non-standard sound synthesis programm SEGMOD


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