Nuclear Energy — Our Misunderstood Friend

This is my second Csound piece, composed while I was enrolled in Dr. Boulanger’s Csound class at the Berklee College of Music. The code has been cleaned up and slightly refactored, though I left all the audio/synth characteristics in tact.

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What can I say about this piece. The title is a reference to a pro-nuclear movie shown by Waylon Smithers in an episode of The Simpsons (Homer’s Odyssey.) I picked the name last minute on the way over to the ‘Over The Edge’ concert where the piece premiered. The code became the foundation for a Csound tutorial I wrote as part of my Berklee senior project, Exploring Analogue Synth Techniques. The sequencer riff is more or less *borrowed* from Nine Inch Nail’s “Head Like a Hole.” The drum samples were recorded off of my Roland MC-303 Groovebox. I also heard through the grapevine that there were some traditional computer music composers at the time that were none-to-happy to see a sophisticated computer music program like Csound being used in such a way. Back in 1998, it took a good 10-15 minutes to render.

2 thoughts on “Nuclear Energy — Our Misunderstood Friend

    • @Frederico I think I wrote orchestra and score entirely in notepad on windows 95. I used a frontend rendering utility which I believe was called Csounder or something along those lines. It’s been over a decade, so my memory is a little fuzzy.