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Obeying the Laws of Physics

Daniel Scheidt

  • Year of composition: 1987
  • Duration: 16:13
  • Instrumentation: MIDI percussion and interactive system
  • Publisher(s): Yul média
  • Commission: Trevor Tureski, with support from the CCA
  • ISWC: T0704868132

Stereo

ISRC CAD509110001

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

The software for Obeying the Laws of Physics defines an interactive environment consisting of four timbral regions — each representing a different instrumental family. The percussionist explores each region and controls transitions from one to another using cues derived from specific percussion playing techniques.

The computer knows no precomposed score — the performance is completely controlled by the percussionist and requires no intervention on the part of a computer operator.

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Obeying the Laws of Physics was commissioned by Trevor Tureski with support from the Canada Council [for the Arts] (CCA) and premiered by him in October 1987 at The Banff Centre for the Arts.

Premiere

  • October 1987, Trevor Tureski, percussion • Concert, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff (Alberta, Canada)

Composition

  • 1987

About this recording

The present recording was realized at the Luscar Studio of The Banff Centre for the Arts in July 1990.

Recording

A Digital Eclogue

Daniel Scheidt, Claude Schryer

  • Year of composition: 1986
  • Duration: 12:45
  • Instrumentation: clarinet (bass clarinet) and interactive system
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média / Yul média
  • ISWC: T0703694523

Stereo

ISRC CAD509110002

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

A Digital Eclogue, created in close collaboration with Claude Schryer, is my earliest software composition designed for interaction with an acoustic instrumentalist. The piece represents an interest in working with the very simplest of musical elements: groupings of pitch, rhythm, and dynamics. This focus helps to illuminate the relationship between performer and computer.

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A Digital Eclogue was realized at The Banff Centre for the Arts where it premiered in March 1986.

Premiere

  • March 1986, Claude Schryer, clarinet, bass clarinet • Concert, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff (Alberta, Canada)

Awards

Composition

About this recording

The present recording was realized in June 1986, and edited at the Luscar Studio of The Banff Centre for the Arts in October 1990.

Recording

Mixing

Stories Told

Daniel Scheidt / Robin Dawes

  • Year of composition: 1989
  • Duration: 12:29
  • Instrumentation: soprano and interactive system
  • Publisher(s): Yul média
  • Commission: Catherine Lewis, with support from the CCA

Stereo

ISRC CAD509110003

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

Stories Told (Robin Dawes, text) results from an interest in the common experience of listening to storytelling. In an attempt to explore the act of story telling, rather than any one particular story, the text is made up of a computer-generated pseudo-language. It is designed to sound like an intelligible language, but is important to Stories Told as speech that no one can understand. All listeners, regardless of linguistic or cultural background, share the experience of listening to a story told in a foreign tongue.

The text was generated by a program written by Robin Dawes. His software uses a statistical analysis of the Oxford English Dictionary to produce new words which exhibit the same distribution of letter combinations as English. These words have been grouped into specific phoneme classes to create four distinct ‘dialects.’

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Stories Told was commissioned by Catherine Lewis with assistance from the Canada Council [for the Arts] (CCA). It was premiered by Catherine Lewis on November 13, 1989, during the CEC Electroacoustic Days, >convergence< at The Banff Centre for the Arts (Alberta, Canada).

Premiere

  • November 13, 1989, Catherine Lewis, soprano • >convergence<: Concert 7, The Banff Centre for the Arts – Project Studio, Banff (Alberta, Canada)

Composition

  • 1989

About this recording

The present recording was realized at the Luscar Studio of The Banff Centre for the Arts in July 1990.

Recording

Norm ’n’ George

Daniel Scheidt

  • Year of composition: 1990
  • Duration: 20:13
  • Instrumentation: trombone and interactive system
  • Publisher(s): Yul média
  • ISWC: T0706836125

Stereo

ISRC CAD509110004

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

This recording represents a rather free improvisation between George Lewis, myself, and a program called NORM. The software, which is the most generalized response system used on this disc (Action/Réaction, IMED 9105), is in a state of continuous evolution — growing and shedding skins with each new performance opportunity.

NORM’s role for this piece was to ‘listen’ and produce responses. My role was to coordinate voice changes on the synthesizer and control response parameter changes within NORM. Mr Lewis’ role was to be an inspiration to us all.

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Composition

  • 1990

About this recording

This recording was realized at the Luscar Studio of The Banff Centre for the Arts in July 1990.

Recording

Squeeze

Daniel Scheidt

  • Year of composition: 1990
  • Duration: 11:00
  • Instrumentation: bass clarinet and interactive system
  • Publisher(s): Yul média
  • ISWC: T0708487937

Stereo

ISRC CAD509110005

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

Squeeze is a second piece using the NORM interactive software. However, a different performer with a different intent yields quite a different result. This careful exploration of pitch reveals the extraordinary timbre of the bass clarinet and evokes the computer’s most focused attention. Squeeze inspects the nature of both instrument and machine.

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The concert premiere of Squeeze was performed by Lori Freedman on February 22, 1991, at the Western Front in Vancouver.

Premiere

  • February 22, 1991, Lori Freedman, bass clarinet; Daniel Scheidt, diffusion • Traces électro — Canada 91: Concert 1, Western Front, Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)

Composition

  • 1990

About this recording

This recording was realized at the Luscar Studio of The Banff Centre for the Arts in October 1990.

Recording