Max for Live: Shepard Risset Synth

The Shepard Risset Synth is a Max for Live instrument designed to play Shepard tones and Risset glissandi live with a MIDI keyboard. You can also easily re-create auditory illusions such as the Tritone paradox.Interested? Get the Shepard Risset Synth.Roger Shepard & the circular perception of tonesAlthough the idea that pitch can be presented as the combination of height and pitch class (or chroma) has been around since the 19th century, Roger Shepard was the first to generate tones giving the impression of a circular perception of pitch. He generated the sounds in 1964, when he was working at Bell Labs: he used music synthesis software created by Max Matthews.In 1967, Roger Shepard and Edward Zajac made this film, which presents a dot moving on Penrose stairs synchronized with Shepard tones:The original video is accessible from the Bell Labs archives.To achieve the illusion, Shepard applied a constant spectral envelope to a series of tones. Each tone consists in the sum of 10 sin…

Max for Live: Extreme Time Stretching with Spectral Stretch

There are many ways to achieve audio time stretching without transposition. Some time-based methods build on Pierre Schaefer's Phonogène. Another approach consists in processing the sound in spectral domain, using a phase vocoder. In this case, the audio samples are converted to spectral data through a Fast Fourier Transform (FFT). Then, even if we focus on extreme time stretching, the details of the phase vocoder implementation have important consequences on the sound quality and the tool's flexibility for live usage. Before introducing the Max for Live device Spectral Stretch, let's have a look at a selection of four possible algorithms:PaulstretchMax Live Phase VocoderInterpolation between recorded spectraStochastic Re-synthesis from a recorded sonogramPaulstretchPaul's Extreme Sound Stretch, also known as Paulstretch, is an algorithm designed by Paul Nasca for extreme time stretching. You might have heard one application already: to this date, the video Justin Biebe…

Petrified, for baritone saxophone & electronics

After we could not play Petrified during the 2020 Electrocution Festival, I arranged a new version of the piece for baritone saxophone & live electronics. As soon as I sent it to saxophonist extraordinaire Stéphane Sordet, he was onboard to make a recording!Stéphane recorded the saxophone part in Brest, while I adjusted and recorded the live electronics in Iowa City. After I sent him a mixed version he added video:I'm humbled by the amount of work Stéphane put in this project. I'm looking forward to having the opportunity to perform it live with him! The live electronics may be performed in different ways:a musician performs live electronics as designed and provided by the composer, or a variation thereof, in a duet with the saxophonist.a musician performs improvised live electronics in a duet with the saxophonist.the saxophonist performs by themselves using the live electronics as designed and provided by the composer, or a variation thereof.the saxophonist performs improv…

Dusapin's Anacoluthe: video

The LIGAMENT duet, featuring mezzo-soprano Anika Kildegaard and bassist Will Yager just posted the live video of our May 2019 Anacoluthe performance. It sounds great in the Voxman Recital Hall... I hope you like it!Special thanks to Armand Angster, who taught me how to play contrabass clarinet (and other clarinets!) and to Françoise Kubler: they listened and gave us advice when they visited the University of Iowa School of Music. Make sure you get and listen to their new Dusapin album:

Petrified @ Electrocution

Like so many concerts, the wonderful Electrocution 2020 Festival was canceled. This festival is dedicated to new music blending acoustics & electronics. The Ensemble Sillages organizers and musicians are amazing artists. I was looking forward to sharing this special moment with so many great composers in Brest, and to working more closely with bassist Didier Meu and computer music wizard Patrick Delges from the Centre Henri Pousseur. Hopefully we'll get to play together soon enough.

The Eleventh Year @ Logelloù

Situated in Brittany, France, the Logelloù is much more than a place: it is a unique artistic project combining creation, residencies, recording studio, and more. I was thrilled to be invited with Nicolas Sidoroff & Krystian Sarrau for a concert and projection of Dziga Vertov's 1928 movie The Eleventh Year. We produced a collaborative soundtrack with Clélia Bobichon, Guillaume Hamet, and Sébastien Sauvage. Unfortunately, the concert & projection has been cancelled due to the spread of coronavirus. Along with the Logelloù staff, we hope to make this event possible again at some point in the future. In the meantime, don't hesitate to watch The Eleventh Year online.

Science on Tap - Scientific Concert

You are invited this Thursday, February 20, 2020 at the Hancher Cafe, Iowa City, at 5:30 p.m. for Science on Tap
The Scientific Concert: New Music Distilled from Geology, Physics, and Chemistry
I will present how collaboration with musicians, scientists, and technicians has been at the core of the creative process for the Scientific Concert show premiered on October 27, 2019. I will also demonstrate new musical instruments made of stones and show exclusive making-of videos.
I hope to see you there!