D Turner Matthews
D Turner Matthews
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Live Processing

These two pieces were each recorded in one take while the computer continuously ran. The audio was processed in real time and resulted in the following recordings:

Bigger Changes was composed in Ableton Live and performed on electric violin by Daniel Jang. This short, song-like, work explores the live recording of motives, short percussive sounds, and melodies, which appear later in the work to create bass lines, solos, and electronic beats. 

The Most Terrible was composed and programmed in Max/MSP. The sounds you hear were recorded from a single take performance featuring guitar and voice undergoing delays, loops, pitch shifting, and granular synthesis. All of these events are triggered by a midi foot controller, which was inspired by electric guitar players pushing pedals to change effects in the middle of shows. This recording is performed by D. Turner Matthews. 

Fixed Media

The following pieces were composed in various digital audio workstations using a combination of recorded acoustic instruments, electronic samples, or synthesizers, which were then put under several electronic effects and edits.

This work is an exercise to capture a sonic gradient from light to dark using only synthesizers in Ableton Live.

Chime was composed in order to create a fixed media composition which used no electronic effects or filters. All of the sounds you hear are audio recordings of acoustic instruments arranged in time. The work features chimes being dipped in water (recorded through hyrdrophones), humming into frame drums at their resonant frequency, and rubbing glass bowls. All samples were recorded and played by D. Turner Matthews.

1 was written in Ableton Live with recordings of a banjo, voice through the resonant head of a banjo, and multiple ebows on banjo strings.

2 was composed in Ableton Live using synthesizers, filters, and simple wave forms.

3 was composed to take a harsh sound and make it beautiful with electronics. The original sample used in the whole work is a bowed cardboard box. Using filters, resonators, and pitch shifting, a sound which was at first pained and raspy became melodic and warm.