Monday, June 29, 2015

David Earl Buddin

About the Chord Catalogue

Chord Catalogue for electronic music (2014) was constructed by using the interval ­class integers of a pitch­class series to determine the number of pitches engaged in each harmony ranging from one to six. These are applied to four simultaneous layers of pitch material so that I get overlapping chords (or single pitches) varying in density from one to six notes per line. I use the same series to determine the speed that the constituent notes are arpeggiated at and the duration of each harmony. The end result is four harmonic layers articulated at different, varying speeds over the course of the piece. The lowest line of harmonies moves the slowest, the highest the fastest.

This is all done with the "random" setting of the Korg Triton arpeggiator with Dominika Michalowska assisting in the real­time manipulation of the tempi while I manipulate the timbre. The more complex timbres are assigned to the lower, slower- moving passages. More transparent timbres are appropriated to high, quick writing.

All this was done one track at a time and the finished product was mixed by me using Audacity for no money. No paid musicians were used in producing this work, which makes it better. I think I speak for everyone when I say I look forward to the day when music is no longer dependent on musicians or, for that matter, people.

--David Earl Buddin, 26 June 2015

Produced by BJ Rubin
Recorded by David Earl Buddin & Dominika Michalowska
Mastered by Josh Bonati
Artwork by Lauren Martin

Chord Catalogue (Pukekos)
1. Chord Catalogue

One copy of this was cut to vinyl, which will be premiered tomorrow night:

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