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This repeating series of ten short “orphans”, which gradually slows down through the 3 1/2 minutes of the film, made me think of my early days as a composer of electroacoustic music, when I used magnetic tape to create music rather than hard disk space. I used to throw endless amounts of this stuff in the bin at the end of a session, bits of tape containing sounds that I’d decided that I didn’t want to use. Composing in the digital domain, there’s nothing “thrown away” like this as you don’t actually cut into the equivalent of a piece of tape and discard what you don’t need; the computer finds the portion of the sound you want to work with and leaves the original file unaltered.
For the soundtrack to this film, I decided to revisit a number of recent pieces of music and find parts of sounds that I did not use in the final piece; digital audio orphans – or “aurphones”.
Pete Stollery is a composer, teacher and performer based in Aberdeen, in the North East of Scotland. He composes almost exclusively in the electroacoustic medium, particularly music where there exists an interplay between the original “meaning” of sounds and sounds exiting purely as sound, divorced from their physical origins. In his music, this is achieved by the juxtaposition of real (familiar) and unreal (unfamiliar) sounds to create surreal landscapes.