for solo drum set and electronics
Composed and performed by Sean Hamilton
LOCI is one work from an ongoing series of improvised compositions written to explore the symbiotic possibilities of acoustic and electronic sounds in an improvised setting. The works feature electronics programmed in Pure Data that primarily create material through two ways. The electronics will either 1) “listen to”, react to, or process the sounds of the acoustic drums by using microphones on the kit, or 2) create their own “improvised” material generated through the use of random numbers. The parameters of these random numbers always remain the same, but each realization of the works yield different results.
The improvised compositions of this series employ various structures, forms, and means of sound generation that are largely dictated by the way the electronics are programmed. In some compositions, the electronics serve as a sonic “toolkit” which are capable of producing a great deal of differing sounds with no implications of structure or form. In others, the electronics create a form with a fixed number of events that serve as a backbone for improvising. The work LOCI is one of the latter, where the electronics serve as a sequential, event-based form comprised of 33 micro events that create or process sound in different ways. These events are triggered by the performer and, while always maintaining the same order, have no restrictions in terms of duration.
LOCI has been performed over fifty times since its completion in early summer 2016 and has seen performances on WKCR's Afternoon New Music, at the Orlando Fringe Festival, the Anxious Sound Series in New Orleans, the Interference Series, the 2017 SEAMUS National Conference, and at colleges and universities throughout the United States including Arizona State University, New York University, and the University of South Carolina.
Video by Ryan Seybold / Boombap Productions
Special thanks to Christopher Spatafora
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