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For the quad project, I decided to stick to a basic 4-voice setup, in this case a string quartet. I did my best to use the quad speaker system--attempting to create a realistic aural presence with snippets of non-realistic aural movement.

For example, each instrument basically rests discretely, but the cello acts throughout as the mobile voice. The viola, contrasting, remains static. Voices shift at different points, subtly disrupting the typical chamber ensemble presence.

The sounds were composed in Sibelius 6 and exported as MIDI. Adjustments were made to the strings through automation in the piano roll area to create a less synthetic sound.


For this project, at first, I wanted to describe some events that happen during the day of someone’s life. The possibility of having Quad allowed me to “see” these events from different “positions/perspectives”.

After suggestions/comments made in class I decided instead to have these “events” somehow shuffled as it would happen in a dream, and I believe this made the Project a bit more interesting.


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For this project I wanted to take some of the suggestions from class and implement them with the quadraphonic sound configuration.

The work is a bit programmatic. Escort to chamber. While in chamber finds strange hypnotic jazz ensemble. Band starts marching around the room. A crazy lady is ranting in the background. Band leaves. Bassist is only one left. He whistles for musicians to return. A crowd enters instead along with the drummer. The crowd silences as Samuel L Jackson enters. He shoots the crazy lady.

I found it intriguing to experiment with surround (quad). Esp. in that panning and distance is created with a plethora of effects. Reverb, volume, decay.

I found that I had to use all of these envelopes to try and create movement and a faux pas room within the soundtrack. After a little bit it got confusing withal the envelopes being applied. But still fun… in that untangling of a yo-yo kind of way. I found how to change the setting so that automation could be copied with newly copied audio.
One element confused me. Every time I tried to drag an audio clip to the left it was thrown into the next previous audio clip. I don’t know.

I remember that we discussed this ability of logic editing but I didn’t remember or look up how to fix this so that audio clips could be easily dragged.
Otherwise, it was a lot of work but I think rewarding and maybe the ending will be more funny than tragic.

In the words of Dustin Hoffman: “Maybe your life is a comedy.”


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This work is an aural commentary on the reception of current events in today's society. As much as it relies on recordings of revolution and violence happening in countries like Egypt, Syria, and Libya, the focal point over time becomes a sea of popular sounds - some more recognizable than others, but none intended as icons - drowning out what one might consider the more important news. It is much too easy to wash over, ignore, or make a joke of violence in other countries.

It was especially helpful realizing this work as a quadraphonic piece as it emphasized the overall chaotic state of violence in these recordings. The sounds of revolution from all directions or shelling happening from multiple locations made the reality of current events more visceral.


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As a big picture, its form is ABA. Also, I repeated notes over and over to indicate ostinato as a musical form; the repeated notes is the main theme melody of this music.

I separated sounds into 4 speakers based on the angles:-45. +45. -135, and+135. In the beginning, they are fixed in the position. Later, when it gets to start to move around, it arrives at the B section with an unexpected sound starting from the middle.

Then, when it ends, the main melody fades in to go back to the A. I generally focused on musical aspects more than a story.