October 3, 2010
Tonight is concert at Vor Frue Kirke, Copenhagen. First there will be a Taize-inspired service, and then I will play for about one hour.
The piece I play is based on recordings from other Taize singing sundays at Frue Kirke – and it’s a combination of the recorded choir and some PD/ZynAddSubFX-playing. Basically I have made a patch in Pd that can act as arpeggiator, as it listens to the choir.
I have about 20 minutes of music right now, and still 6 hours to get there. Audacity is really a friend, it performs everything I can wish for. The same cannot be said about MusE – although it’s a friendly and powerful tool, it is not working like I would prefer. I really think the Blue/Csound would be the perfect combination, but I didn’t manage to get it running.
You know Csound? – it’s the most powerful audio tool on earth – and it’s almost impossible to use. Back in 1996, I teached music tech at the University of Aalborg, and was supposed to offer a class in Csound as well. I didn’t know Csound that well, and when I discovered that it was a tool for the commandline, I simply refused – and offered classes in Max instead. Everyone was happy about that, at the time – Csound looked so much like 1980. Now I am smarter and wiser – and Csound is still around, and still a more powerfull tool than any other – and I still can’t find out how to use it. But this time I refuse to give up!
Well – maybe for the next project. I’m running out of time, so I will trust Audacity and Pd for the next few hours. And yes, I will use Mixx as the playback device. I think. Or Pd. Decisions, decisions…