This week I started with a residency at STEIM in Amsterdam. The 15.3 Pentacle soundsystem developed by Fedde Ten Berge is installed here and I’m going to prepare a live performance for it. I’m really amazed by working with a powerful multispeaker soundsystem like this, the amplification is on par with soundsystems installed in clubs. It is also very intuitive in its use.
In the past months I worked on a composition for the Wave Field Synthesis system from Game Of Life. This system has 192 speakers installed in a square and is using a custom made DAW to compose in, WFSCollider. Because of this high spatial resolution and things like reverb and distance being implemented, very realistic spatialisation techniques can be applied. A composer is able to place sounds in the head of a listener or next to it, make it move in circles, at random or in more complex trajectories.
So while listening, please bear in mind that all the sounds of this piece were not cramped together over a stereo signal like you’re most likely listening to it, but spatially arranged over 192 speakers in a room. It is simply impossible to experience this without sitting inside the speaker system.
The composition I made consists of sounds recorded only in the space where the system is situated. This is a relatively small office space in the MOOOF building in The Hague. The sounds are recorded with a Zoom H4N Pro, a Soma Ether and different induction microphones to record the sounds all electronic devices in the room are constantly emitting. All the recordings are processed and editted in Ableton and the results of this are arranged and spatialised in WFSCollider.
Yesterday was a magical night! The composition turned out great, and so did the other pieces of my fellow @destaandegolf composers! Thanks everybody for dropping by, means a lot to me and all of of us!!