ScramOnIn Steel Stylianou


This is a city-soundscape with the particular idiosyncrasies of the location itself -in this case Berlin Germany- yet, there is a familiarity present that any city dweller will readily recognise. The musical elements are introduced gradually and only in parts and are definitive statements of identity by way of “welcome” to that particular place. The various parts have been so assembled as to form a journey through some of the more definitive qualities of the area as experienced by normal citizens about their everyday business, highlighting aspects that will be familiar to all, the main theme for this work is the interaction between people and machines, in a sense large cities seem to have developed an unique “zoo-mechanicus” identity and the city environment itself is one vast machine consisting of the sum total of all machines and living creatures within its confines, an interdependent collective of animate, inanimate and sentient physical occurrences, with a core of consciousness.

  • Year of composition: 2002
  • Hardware used: Pentium II 350MHZ Windows machine + SCSI hard disks, midi interfaces, CD writers, etc.

    Kawai K5000 Additive Workstation, Korg MS20 synth, Yamaha DX27 synth, Roland Tr606 Drum box, Alesis digital “reverb” multi- FX box, Korg analogue delay, Various microphones, DAT machines, an old Portastudio and an even more ancient 12 channel mixer.

  • Software used: CubaseVST24, Wavelab 3.x, Sibelius Scorewriter, Koan music generator, Texture stochastic music generator.

    Various software synthesizers (mainly granular synths), effects and mastering tools plus a load of other smallish applications used for parts of pieces or as enhancements.

  • Duration of the submitted work: 25:00
  • Production: Home

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