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Colin was born in Belfast (Ireland) and came to Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2002. He was previously guitarist with Irish punk band Music For Deaf (not the later US band of the same name) and participant in UK/Ireland based Allotropes experimental collective. His current interests include experimental music (both composed and improvised), video, song writing and performance, and composition for conventional solo instruments and ensembles. He is a regular participant in the Auckland improv colective Vitamin S, one half of the duo Toy Triptech (with Rohan Evans), and has performed occasionally on alto sax with Jeff Henderson’s variable ensemble Superstars of Westlynn. Colin holds a Diploma in Contemporary Music from Unitec (Auckland) and B. Mus.(Hons) majoring in Composition at the University of Auckland. Recent releases include the album Skyway to Carpark (2012) and EP Short Straw, both are available to download from bandcamp and as limited release physical CDs. Colin is a also a Director of Angel Food, New Zealand’s vegan food innovators,

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Making Carrier wave parts 1 and 2.

Original email:

(1) I was inspired by the dadaist poets:
How to Make a Dadaist Poem
(method of Tristan Tzara)

To make a Dadaist poem:
Take a newspaper.
Take a pair of scissors.
Choose an article as long as you are planning to make your poem.
Cut out the article.
Then cut out each of the words that make up this article and put them in a bag.
Shake it gently.
Then take out the scraps one after the other in the order in which they left the bag.
Copy conscientiously.
The poem will be like you.
And here are you a writer, infinitely original and endowed with a sensibility that is charming though beyond the understanding of the vulgar.
--Tristan Tzara

It seems some algorithm has already done some of the work! I just split the selected text into stanzas - hence Carrier Wave part 1.

(2) Generation of the initial audio tracks:
a. Text rendered to audio using OSX “text to speech” function and 3 different ‘voices’.
b. Audio imported into Logic Pro X and treated to make the three voices the same total length.
c. Whisper voice processed to produce tones via partial extraction

(3) Initial video:
a. Created as a project in Adobe Premier
b. Text phrases created as individual titles
c. Title duration matched to voicing of whisper voice track
d. Exported as VGA resolution video file

(4)  Video processing:  
a. File imported into Adobe After Effects
b. Whisper audio track converted to keyframe data
c. Keyframe data used to automate effects layers in sync with audio
d. File exported

(5) Finalising:
a. Final audio mix created
b. Start and end titles added
c. Rendered as HD (1080p) and uploaded to Youtube.

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