Over the Edge

John Oliver

  • Year of composition: 2005
  • Duration: 20:00
  • Instrumentation: 12-channel fixed medium
  • Commission: Réseaux des arts médiatiques


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Off the Edge was created in 1992 using three sound generating boxes controlled by an Atari computer running C-Lab Notator software. The three instruments were the Akai S-1000, TG77, and EMU Proteus/1. Over the Edge was commissioned by composer Paul Dolden for his presentation that year of a concert carte blanche. One can hear in the original work my interest in highly dense sounds. But at the time I was not satisfied with the slow working method and lack of dynamic possibilities offered by granular synthesis (mainly due to insufficient speed of computers). Over the Edge is a remix/granulation of the original that layers various new pathways through the original work.

[source: Réseaux des arts médiatiques]


  • December 6, 2005, Akousma (2): Tessons / Shards, Espace Go, Montréal (Québec)