Novum Sonus et Veteres Traditiones Vanessa Carroll

Novum Sonus et Veteres Traditiones is an electroacoustic composition which translates as ‘new sound and old traditions’. Through sampling, digital signal processing, and synthesizing this piece joins ideas of contemporary music with traditional mass settings. The spoken text was recorded by Carroll and then manipulated to create the effect of multiple people and voices of the mass. Sine tones and synthesizers are paired with Gregorian chants to join the two concepts that are so woven together in today’s society. During performances, it is essential that all lights in the concert hall are completely dimmed and one solitary candle is lit and placed at the front of the hall to ensure audience members become absorbed in sound and the dance of fire.

Source: 2012

  • Year of composition: 2012
  • Genre: Electroacoustics
  • Format: Fixed media
  • Hardware used: Apple iMac, 27-inch: 3.1GHz
  • Software used: Logic 9
  • Duration of the submitted work: 5:06

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