Black Shred Lin Culbertson

Black Shred is the second in a series of compositions that uses discarded paper and other detritus as the sonic building blocks for compositions created using unconventional materials and methods. Discarded black shredded paper was shaped into a graphic score that was then photographed and transmuted into audio using a computer program. The score itself was played like an instrument, amplified with pickups and pedals, with the result being that the black score is paradoxically transformed into white noise. The word “black” has many connotations, and Black Shred alludes to some of these: Black Magic, Black Heart, Black Metal, Black Death. The transcendent nature of sound is used to communicate in a visceral way what “black” might sound like. No other elements other than those generated by the Black Shred score were used in the making of this composition.

  • Year of composition: 2012
  • Genre: Electroacoustics
  • Format: Fixed media
  • Hardware used: Mac Computer, Micro Synthesizer, Boosta Grande
  • Software used: MetaSynth, Digital Performer, Peak
  • Duration of the submitted work: 3:36
  • Production: Home

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