Csound Group at SoundCloud

The Csound Group at SoundCloud is a collection of user submitted tracks that are created with the Csound computer music language.

At the time of posting this, there are 39 tracks listed. I’d like to see this number grow. So if you have anything of interest, whether it be a composition, improvisation, or patch, do add it to the group. Providing it’s built with Csound, of course.

Sensing Angels

Sensing Angels

by Charles Gran
in three movements
for solo clarinet and electronics with improvisation

Performed by Jesse Krebs
Recorded Sunday, November 8, 2009

…Sensing Angeles was conceived as a solo piece in which the acoustic sound of the clarinet would be manipulated in real-time by a computer. Today, this isn’t so remarkable and can be achieved by a variety of means. For the project I chose to use Csound primarily as a challenge, but also for a certain kind of historical connection.

If the clarinet is an instrument with history so is Csound. A direct descendant of software created at Bell Labs in the 1950s[2], many would consider it antique in the same way the clarinet might be seen. Of course, it turns out they are both quite modern. Like most things, modernity is about use. Today, the use of a command-line interface and computer code for the creation of music is as much a point-of-view as a practicality…


Csound Music mp3 Pack

Dr. Boulanger has put up a wondeful collection of Csound mp3s at Csounds.com.

Download 4csoundCompositions.zip (99.1 MB)

The pack comes with 20 songs, with everything from ambient to minimal to cheesy techno (that would be my piece) to synth-generated halloween sound fx.  All of the original source code is included in case you are curious to see what these compositions look like in their original state.

Thing-a-day Day 1: Single-Grain Synth

So I’ve decided to participate in Thing-a-day 2009. Which means that starting yesterday, I will create ten things over ten days, and share it with the world. Here’s a repost from my entry from yesterday:

Single Grain Presentation

Single-Grain is a simple granular synthesizer/audio processor built with Max 5.

You can download the original Max 5 Single-Grain patches here. If you don’t own Max 5, but own a Mac, you can download the stand-alone application here. Mileage may vary.

Single Grain Final Patch

Beginning Csound @ NYC Resistor

Beginning Csound

Beginning Csound
July 28, 2008 @ NYC Resistor
1 Session, 3 hours, with personalized post-session project with instructor via email.
Cost $75

Csound is the most powerful computer music language in the world, with a direct lineage to Max Mathews’ original Music-N languages. The focus of this class will be a synthesis of three topics: The Csound language, synthesizer theory, and composing weird alien music.

Together, we will demystify the assembly-like syntax of the Csound language. We will cover the fundamentals of synthesizer theory, including: oscillators, filters, envelopes, amplifiers and modulation. Finally, we’ll tie it all together by composing sounds in the vein of classic Sci-Fi movies.

Taught by Jacob Joaquin (that’s me.) Click here to enroll.

OLPC donates 8.5+ Gigs of Samples

One Laptop Per Child

The OLPC has donated 8.5+ gigs of samples to the children of the world, and us. This library is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. So feel free to start remixing.

From the official press release:

Several prestigious groups of musicians have donated their sound libraries to One Laptop per Child (OLPC), a non-profit organization focused on providing educational tools to help children in developing countries “learn learning.” The XO laptop’s unique user interface and applications enable children to create and share music, drawings, video, personal diaries and other things they make online with family and friends worldwide.

Leading musicians, colleges and companies making their sound libraries freely available on the XO laptop are: The Berklee College of Music in Boston, Berklee Music Synthesis alumni – including electronic music superstar BT, the international Csound Developer community, M-Audio and Digidesign (parts of Avid Technology, Inc.), and the Open Path Music group.

I want thank Dr. Richard Boulanger for all the time and effort he put into collecting and assembling such a vast and wonderful resource.

Here are my donated samples in three different sampling rates: baby talk plus eurorack, serge and csound synth sounds

The Tar Spangled Banner Tour

Sauls Williams as Niggy Tardust in The Tar Spangled Banner Tour

12 SXSW, Austin, TX [music]
13 SXSW, Austin, TX [music]
17 Plaza Club, Vancouver BC [music]
18 Aladdin, Portland, OR [music]
19 Neumo’s, Seattle WA [music]
21 Slims, San Francisco, CA [music]
22 Club Mercy, Santa Barbara, CA [music]
24 Casbah, San Diego, CA [music]
25 Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA [music]
26 Clubhouse, Tempe AZ [music]
27 Chandler Gilbert Community College, Phoenix AZ [spoken word]
28 Estrella Mountain Community College Phoenix AZ [spoken word]
29 Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM [music]
31 The Loft, Dallas TX [music]

01 Warehouse Live Studio, Houston TX [music]
03 The Parish, New Orleans LA [music]
04 The Loft, Atlanta GA [music]
06 Ramshead, Annapolis MD [music]
07 930 Club, Washington DC [music]
08 Paradise, Boston MA [music]
09 Irving Plaza, NY NY [music]
11 Trocadero, Philadelphia PA [music]
12 Iron Horse, Northampton, MA [music]
13 La Tulipe, Montreal QC [music]
14 Mod Club, Toronto ONT [music]
16 Blind Pig, Ann Arbor MI [music]
17 Grog Shop, Cleveland OH [music]
18 Martyrs, Chicago IL [music]
19 Varsity Theatre, Minneapolis MN [music]
21 Fox Theatre, Boulder CO [music]
22 Belly Up, Aspen CO [music]
23 Kilby Court, Salt Lake City UT [music]

Just got these tour dates in my inbox. Though I’m attending SXSW, it looks like I’ll be leaving before his shows on the 12th and 13th. Hey Saul, any chance of adding Fresno, CA to the list?