Stria Andrea Young

This composition was made while studying at the Institute of Sonology, Den Haag, NL, in connection with my research of rhythm and electronic music. Through this research, it became clear that rhythm was very different than pattern, and when speaking of rhythm in regards to electronic music, it was necessary to redefine: Rhythm is a dynamic structure built from irregularity, correlative states, creating structural tension with a static form. I encountered the writings of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. Their concept of “smooth and striated” spaces engaged my imagination and furthered my exploration of what rhythm can mean in the realm of digital sound. “the striated is that which intertwines fixed and variable elements, produces an order and succession of distinct forms, and organizes horizontal and vertical planes. The smooth is the continuous variation, continuous development of form; it is the fusion of vertical and horizontal planes in favor of the production of properly rhythmic values, the pure act of the drawing a diagonal across the vertical and horizontal. (Deleuze and Guattari, 1980).

In search of a smooth and striated musical space, these electronic sounds were arranged by layering tiny, parallel rhythmic variables, and letting clouds form with multiple layers of these tiny metrical units. This combination of micro metered rhythm, parametrical rhythm, and extremes of high and low frequencies, are arranged into an overall rhythmic form. Most of the sound sources have been derived from the sound of breaking glass.

  • Year of composition: 2007
  • Genre: Electroacoustics
  • Format: Fixed media
  • Hardware used: Capybara
  • Software used: Kyma
  • Duration of the submitted work: 8:29
  • Production: Home

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