Friday, May 4, 2012

188.16 Hz

“188.16 Hz for Four Variations on a Sine Wave” (2011) is a composition based in planetary harmonics. Every object has a resonant frequency, including planets. Using the diameter of the Earth at its equator as the starting point, I have prepared a composition based around the resonant frequency derived from this. It is a sixteen-minute piece performed on tone generator, HP oscillator, Arrick Robotics voltage controlled oscillator, and guitar all resonating at or around 188.16 Hz. It is not precisely at 188.16 Hz except for the first few minutes because each sound source has differing waveforms, which generates secondary harmonics that slowly fade in and out of phase causing binaural beats.
This piece is my most recent exploration of resonant harmonics, and I have composed it as open ended. This piece can be performed by any number of sound sources, only limited by its ability to resonate at 188.16 Hz. At it’s most basic, the composition should be performed by two sound sources, which is the only limiting factor involved. I hope to continue with this series and explore more resonant frequencies and methods of utilization.

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Composition for Synthesizer, Voice and Ice

Orbless performing live at the Berkeley Art Museum April 15th 2012.
Debut performance of a new piece "Composition for Synthesizer, Voice and Ice" (2012) in 4.1 Surround with video response made by Kelly Lynn Jones.
The piece was created as a visual response to the Paul Kos piece "The Sound of Ice Melting" (1970) which was on display at the Berkeley Art Museum as part of the touring exhibition "State of Mind: New California Art since 1970".
This video was recorded during the debut performance by Kelly Lynn Jones. The sd card was formatted as Fat32 therefore the camera stopped recording once it his 4GB so the rest of the video shows still images from the performance. The audio was recorded by Aaron Harbour and mixed with the video by Collin McKelvey.
Orbless is the solo sonic output of Oakland based artist Collin McKelvey.
This was part of the L@te and E@rly series of performances at the Berkeley Art Museum and was curated by Land and Sea, an Oakland based fine arts publishing house and record label.