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KATA-STROPH @ Futurism Today or NOT!

October 1, 2011 – October 2, 2011
Oct 1, 2011 at 7:00pm to Oct 2, 2011 at 7:00am

STILL HORN System Diagram 2pr

Fig 1. The STILL HORN System Instrument, KATA-STROPH, Futurism Today or NOT!, Nuit Blanche, 1 Oct 2011, Nuit Blance, The Historic Distillery District, Toronto On, Canada, built up to a large scale chaotic feedback synthesis instrument from the sculpture “Still Dancing” (Dennis Oppenheim 2010) and incorporating the Electroacoustic Sheet Metal Feedback Phone

An interactive Futurist event appropriating the sculptural objects of the Distillery District as Instruments in the Industrial noise-art installation orchestra playable by the Operator / Performers and the participants 1 x 1. We created an electro-industrial orchestra: the STILL HORN, the FLATBEDONATOR, the SIREN, the ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC SHEET METAL FEEDBACK PHONE, and the TRUCKOPHONE. A Futurist Manifesto Sound of industrial noise and objects with modern electronics, the instruments can be played by the participants and/or the operators throughout the Futurism Today or NOT! event. There will also be the premiere of the new composition performed by members of the Nouveau Futurist Art of Noise group in a special late night concerts at 10pm, 12:30am and 4am.


Slides 1-30. KATA-STROPH 60 Photos by Tony Massil, 1-2 Oct 2011, Nuit Blanche, Historic Distillery District, Toronto ON, Canada


Slides 31-60. KATA-STROPH 60 Photos by Tony Massil, 1-2 Oct 2011, Nuit Blanche, Historic Distillery District, Toronto ON, Canada

The Nouveau Futurist Art of Noise Group is a collaboration between Electricity is Magic (Matt Griffin & Eric Powell) and Campbell Foster (Chief Feedback Officer), with performance assistance by a number of artists from Toronto and beyond. This project would not be possible without the generous support of Futurism Today or NOT!, The Speaker Shop, 5th Element Events, The Distillery Historic District, and Luigi Russolo – Futurist.

KATA-STROPH ticket lg

Fig 3. Ticket, Poster for KATA-STROPH, 2011 Toronto Canada

Score KATA-STROPH Cf2011

Fig 2. Score of KATA-STROPH piece with performance instructions, Cf, October 2011

“KATA-STROPH” for the the Industrial Futurist Noise Orchestra (IFNO) (35 min) and its instruments and Operators / Performers:

The STILL HORN Feedback System Instrument [the Electro-acoustic Sheet Metal Feedback instrument integrated] Operator / Performer – Campbell Foster

Signal and whistle man, SIREN Instrument, and Conducting by: Matt Griffin

Operator Performers:

Matt Griffin – Signal Person / flagman, Operator / Performer FLATBEDONATOR,
Campbell Foster – The STILL HORN [incorporating the Electro-acoustic Sheet Metal Feedback phone]
Lee Blalock – Operator / Performer / Signal Relay (Flags / TRUCKOPHONE)
Davy Bisaro – Operator / Performer / Signal Relay (Flags / FLATBEDONATOR)
Tony Massil – Photographer, Videographer
Tyler Hagan – Operator / Performer / Signal Relay
John Puchiele – SignalPerson, Whistle, SIREN instrument, TRUCKOPHONE

An unless otherwise notified to accomodate other activities of some of the 26 artist in the Distillery District, there are three shows:
KATA-STROPH – 35 min, shows at 10:30, 00:00 midnight and 4:00 AM

Of course, Participants can play the Instruments of the Industrial Futurist Orchestra when not in a performance of KATA-STROPH.

Futurism Today or NOT!

The Future Today or Yesterday!

1’590 Seconds to KATA-STROPH

REFERENCE

  1. Facebook Event, KATA-STROPH @ ‘Futurism Today or NOT!’ curated by Thom Sokoloski, https://www.facebook.com/events/161523170602515/
  2. Electroacoustic and Computational Feedback Synthesis (C.Foster, 2011), http://cec.sonus.ca/econtact/14_4/foster_feedbacksynthesis.html

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Feedback Synthesis Soundscape [MP3] Selected by ICMC-SMS Pt. 2

Fig 1. Waveform TIME DRIFT X - XTRM UNIVRS, 1161 x 602 px, 59 KB, PNG 8, Note the optical illusion of the waveform green colors appearing to be different shades, but are identical due to background variations.

Fig 1. Waveform TIME DRIFT X – XTRM UNIVRS, 1161 x 602 px, 59 KB, PNG 8, Note the optical illusion of the waveform green colors appearing to be different shades, but are identical due to background variations

Snd 1. TIME DRIFT X – XTRM UNIVRS [MP3] 5:12′, Stereo from 6.0, 32 Bit float, 224 KBPS, 8.3 MB, Download / open, TIME DRIFT X

ABSTRACT

‘TIME DRIFT X’ soundscape bed master for ‘XTRM UNIVRS’ electronic music suite section created using 3 operator Computational Feedback Synthesis for a live outdoor ambient interactive electroacoustic and computer music performance composition, projected video and sound commissioned for the Ontario Science Centre Star Party ‘Extreme Universe’ 12th July 2013 and premièred in the amphitheatre at OSC under the stars.

‘XTRM UNIVRS’ explores our connection to the universe through inner space at the extreme quantum power of our energetic potentials to create and explore. From our physical connection to the stars’ matter generated at its core, to the farthest reaches of our imagination lingering on the extreme edges of infinity.

Note the Topological Mixing of all sound parameters; Pitch, Time, Dynamics, and Stereophony, characteristic of this IFS chaotic system.

REFERENCE

1. Feedback Synthesis Soundscape [MP3] Selected by ICMC-SMS – http://campbellfoster.ca/2015/02/04/feedback-synthesized-soundscape-mp3-selected-by-icmc-sms/

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Feedback Synthesis Soundscape [MP3] Selected by ICMC-SMS

Fig 1. Spectrogram of 'FBS IMAX Test' + Waveform [JPG], 1270 x 638 px, 339 KB exhibiting quantum tonal lock.

Fig 1. Spectrogram of ‘FBS IMAX Test’ + Waveform [JPG], 1270 x 638 px, 339 KB exhibiting quantum tonal lock.

ABSTRACT

Soundscape ‘FBS IMAX Test’ and ‘Time Drift X’ were both selected for listening at the joint International Computer Music, and Sound and Music Computing Conference in Athens, Greece September 2014 (Joint ICMC – SMS 20141.

In order to facilitate distribution, I am releasing this track in standard MP3 format with the option to purchase the CD quality 320 kbps MP3 file on this site for a nominal amount.

FBS IMAX Test Soundscape [MP3]

Snd 1. FBS IMAX Test [MP3], 6:36′ m:sec, Stereo composite from 6.0 IMAX, 192 Kbsec, download / open FBS IMAX Test 192 kbps [MP3]

Here is an attempt to create a completely self-generated iterative fractal type of sound which utilizes a non-interferential method of playing (using the butterfly effect) and relies on the iterative intelligence of a three point computational feedback loop using feedback synthesis techniques, resulting in interrelating parameters of sound including pitch, amplitude, tempo, melody, tone colour, voicing, form, and rhythm, exhibiting topological mixing of all of these parameters, and natural fractal effects of scale and self-similarity.

 Some interesting sound and sections in the resulting soundscape (min:sec’):

  • Show intro crazy organist riffs – 0:00’
  • 10,000 more organists show up – 1:50’
  • Micro fractal sonic embellishments – 3:10’
  • Seventh Chord stated in sonic parameter topological mixing – 3:33’
  • Iterative fractal Melody, repeated with multiple voicing – 4:00’
  • Melody interrupted by a car horn, then more cars, then a traffic jam – 4:14’
  • A coda of some natural fractal sonic parameters jamming about and interrelating – 5:43’

The ‘Emitter’ driving the Feedback Loop is a female voice sample loop 2.13 seconds in duration. Amplitude of the Emitter is approx -95 Dbm. Feeding the loop at these low levels produces thematic resulting sonic phenomenon, grown iteratively in the FBS loop to signal amplitudes and related to the Emitter, exhibiting the parametric vectoring, and topological blending of all sonic parameters.

REFERENCE

  1. Soundscape entry for ICMC | SMC 2014 Joint Conference, September 14-20, Athens, Greece – http://www.icmc14-smc14.net/
  2. “Electroacoustic and Computational Feedback Synthesis” – CEC (C Foster, 2011) [Available at] http://cec.sonus.ca/econtact/14_4/foster_feedbacksynthesis.html
  3. Feedback Synthesis Soundscape [MP3] Selected by ICMC-SMS Pt. 2 – http://campbellfoster.ca/2015/02/16/feedback-synthesis-soundscape-mp3-selected-by-icmc-sms-pt-2/

~ Cf Toronto ON, 3 Feb 2015

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What is the Sound of the Big Bang? [SCORE] Soundscapes Spectrograms

Birth of the Universe SCORE 3v1r2, gif, 1484 x 4500 px Cf 2014

Birth of the Universe SCORE 3v1r2, gif, 1484 x 4500 px Cf 2014

A SCORE is developed to create 6.0 Soundscapes  to accompany and sonify visuals depicting the Big Bang (Birth of the Universe). collate current understandings and synthesize supportive soundscapes using electroacoustic and computational feedback synthesis methods for the large screen space film ‘In Saturn’s Rings’ (2014)5.

METHODS AND MATERIALS

An attempt to understand the birth of the Universe in a SCORE and current scientific understanding and representation of the “Big Bang” or Birth of the Universe.

Computational Feedback Synthesis is employed using unit generator software in Realtiime using a 3 operator 6 output instrument directly recording 6 audio files in synthesis.   A 6,0 playback speaker assignment is as follows: Left Front 1, Right Front 2, Centre 3, Left Rear 4, Right Rear 5, and Top speaker 6.

The sound samples and 6.0 tracks are raw (caution 0DBd program material) to be incorporated with other crowd sourced soundscapes and music for the Big Bang opening section of the film.

Generated 6.0 files are combined in a sound editor (Audacity), and mixed to 256b stereo MP3 files with adjustments of the 6 tracks panning placement as follows:
Left Front 1 – Pan Left 100%
Right Front 2 – Pan Right 100%
Centre 3 – Pan centre
Left Rear 4 – Pan Left 60%
Right Rear 5 – Pan Right 60%
Top speaker 6- Pan Left 10%.

RESULTS

INFLATION TAKE 1

“INFLATION TAKE 1 6.0 IMAX”, MP3, 2:33′, 256b

INFLATION Freq Spectrum 8 sec

INFLATION Freq Spectrum 8 sec

This is the frequency spectrum envelope of the first 8 seconds of INFLATION TAKE 1 6.0. Note that the overall shape envelope of the spectrum is a flowing natural curve like a leaf.  Spectrograms of this sample follow for analysis.

INFLATION SP 5, 5080 x 1678 JPG

INFLATION SP 5, 5080 x 1678 JPG

INFLATION TAKE 1 6.0 IMAX Ster Comp_data ScrnShot

INFLATION TAKE 1 6.0 IMAX Ster Comp_data ScrnShot

HF Detail INFL Take 1

HF Detail INFL Take 1 – Note the fractal details and feathering at high frequencies and millisecond speeds

INFLATION SP 6 Lg Best

INFLATION SP 6 Lg Best

INFLATION Spectrogram 2

INFLATION Spectrogram 2 – Not sure, but these DNA like HF in range artifacts could be the pitch vectoring upwards and wrapping in the feedback loop.  Also visible on INFLATION Frequency Spectrum graph.

INFLATION CU Spectrogram 3

INFLATION CU Spectrogram 3

 

DARK ENERGY TAKE 2 – RESULTS

“DARK ENERGY & MATTER” – Take 2 IMAX Ster Comp for ISR by Campbell Foster. Released: 2014.

DARK ENERGY Spectrogram B&W, 1510 x 874 jpg

DARK ENERGY Spectrogram B&W, 1510 x 874 jpg

DARK ENERGY Spectrogram (Linear)

Spectrogram (Linear) DARK ENERGY Take 2 Soundscape generated using Computational Feedback Synthesis

 

 Dark Energy TAKE 2 6.0 IMAX Ster Comp ScrnShotcr jpg

Dark Energy TAKE 2 6.0 IMAX Ster Comp ScrnShotcr jpg

DARK ENERGY Frequency Spectrum

DARK ENERGY Frequency Spectrum

BIG BANG SOUND

While generating the 6.0 DARK ENERGY TAKE 1 track, intention through cumulative fractal perturbations into the IFS system in a non-interferential (rarely interacting) performance occurred at 1m 34sec, where the sound of a rapid glissando and inflation type accelerating explosion followed.   This was excerpted to 6.0 tracks, and mixed as per to the following MP3 sound sample:

“BIG BANG SOUND” Ster Comp 27s 256b Soundscape MP3 of 6.0 FBS surround for ISR by Campbell Foster. Released: 2014. 

DISCUSSION

Before we get on the timeline and ride out the big bang, lets turn around and drive backwards through the big bang.

How Big Was the Bang?

Un-perceivably big.  Our conception of a rapid release of energy from a point of explosive material driven outward by kinetic energy until dissipated is far lacking.  This ‘Big Bang’ explosion was very dense (1090 kg/cm3), extremely rapid (1-43 Sec) expansion of an unseen force / singularity, at an extremely hot temperature (10^32 Kelvin).  Scientists say this event expanded from a point and very rapidly increased in size by a factor ~1050 in about 10^-33 seconds6.   Note that this is an argument for the starburst graphical representation of the Birth of the Universe.

Was this the unseen pervasive force and singularity manifesting space time itself, an infinite number of point source explosions; an explosion of space (all points)?  An explosion of a singularity (one point of infinite points) into all of space and time and everything (many points in observable space)

Before we board the timeline and ride out the birth of the universe, as a thought experiment, let’s turn around on the timeline and go backwards in time, through the huge explosion (in reverse) and to just before the onset.     What is there?   To create such an singular explosion must demand that an even larger amount of energy originates it.

We could possibly find a large amount of Dark Matter in the onset, then farther, the Dark Energy making up 70% or our universe. And farther back in time?

Before that, what’s driving that expansion current and pre-bang?   In my opinion the penultimate singular power driving the manifestations of existence is the Life Energy force (unexperienceably powerful and pure) then and now.

Expansion is just one attribute of a burgeoning growing living infinite universe, and one expression of the primary unseen force.   The behavior of subatomic particles and Quantum Physics has proven the strange behaviors.     Expanding to what end?  As an expression of the pervasive ground of primary Life force, into dark matter, and dark energy, energy and matter in space and time?

The first diagram in the SCORE is from researchers at The Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics, who invites us to consider that “our universe may have emerged from a black hole in a higher-dimensional universe”3 , and in that spirit this article speculates from behaviours experienced and observed in electroacoustic and computational feedback synthesis.

Computational Feedback Synthesis Diagram 596 x 626, gif

Computational Feedback Synthesis Diagram 596 x 626, gif

To the left a systems diagram of Computational Feedback Synthesis, showing elements of the loop used, given there are 3 particle generator contraptions in the loop with 6 outputs, giving a richly varied growth of complex sounds.

The Emitter used was of a thunder clap, 12 sec, occasionally feeding the feedback loop at a -50 dB volume.

The sounds exhibit stereo panning identities in their gestalt topologically blended into the sound parameters of amplitude, pitch, time, and stereophony.    Topological blending is one characteristic of a chaotic system of which the electroacoustic and computational loop exhibits many.

The emitter sounds are being grown in amplitude and duplicated layer after layer, building up in a self-similar expansion, in many ways comparable to cosmic Inflation and fractal attributes of natural forms and growth.  From the Quantum audio levels to the tonal state of the frequency spectrum, vying for existence like an evolutionary natural selection.    We seed the feedback loop with our Emitter samples (Quantum pieces of audio) to grow and evolve a Soundscape.

The SCORE shows the X and Y values with the Quantum Mechanical view of the world, where Energy and Matter are on a continuum, and Space and Time are also a probablistic index range.

The X axis also shows a continuum of Dark Energy and Dark Matter (unseen), aligned and subsumed by the Energy and Matter values, existing in that same matter.

Another (unseen) value driving this axis (imho) is the directly unperceivable Life Force, driving the expressions of existence towards life.  This is depicted on the SCORE with arrows pointing into the screen of space indicating a foundational unseen force.   On the Y axis, beyond and driving the existence of space time, the Life Force is depicted with arrows also pointing into the chart.

Are the Universe, and our inner experience connected through the quantum field (dark energy & matter); a reflection of that singular growth force, driving nature and creation into life?

We must continue to search in all of nature and within ourselves for more of the effects and experience of this unseen natural force creating the quantum realm, Dark Matter and Energy, into existence, our conscious experience of it, and our own vast creative potentials.

REFERENCE

  1. Electroacoustic and Computational Feedback Synthesis (2011, Foster), CEC Contact 14.4,[available at] http://cec.sonus.ca/econtact/14_4/foster_feedbacksynthesis.html
  2. Graphical timeline of the Big Bang, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphical_timeline_of_the_Big_Bang
  3. “THE BLACK HOLE AT THE BIRTH OF THE UNIVERSE”, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, 7 Aug 2014, http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/news/black-hole-birth-universe
  4. Big Bang, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Bang
  5. In Saturn’s Rings (2014), Dir. Stephen van Vuuren, croud sourced fundraising, media, and production, http://www.insaturnsrings.com/
  6. Big Bang | COSMOS, http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/cosmos/B/Big+Bang
  7. Listening to the Big Bang – in high fidelity (audio), Vince Stricherz, (U. of Washington, 4 April 2013), http://www.washington.edu/news/2013/04/04/listening-to-the-big-bang-in-high-fidelity-audio/
  8. Life Force also see; Unified field theory – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unified_field_theory (Wikipedia), Qi – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qi
  9. SCORE fig.2 – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravitational_wave (Wikipedia)

NOTES

A. Highest Quality 24 bit, 96 KBS source audio wav files will be made available by digital download. or on request via email.

B. Befriend the Researcher on Facebook: http://facebook.com/Campbell4Foster .   See electroacoustic and computer music performance video bed soundtracks on the YouTube channel of Peace4man.

ADDENDUM

1. Canadian scientists take aim at Big Bang Theory – Rather than starting with a boom 13.8 billion years ago, universe may have existed forever, Canadian academics suggest.
http://www.ourwindsor.ca/news-story/5346229-canadian-scientists-take-aim-at-big-bang-theory/

2. No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning, http://www.ourwindsor.ca/news-story/5346229-canadian-scientists-take-aim-at-big-bang-theory/

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Spectrogram of “FBS IMAX Test” [JPG]

Spectrogram FBS IMAX Test v4 850px

Spectrogram of “FBS IMAX Test” [JPG] .. ‘FBS IMAX Test’ The soundscape is generated using a non-interferential approach, interacting rarely with the chaotic feedback synthesis loop system. A female voice Emitter (2 sec) feeds the Computational Feedback Synthesis loop. Interacting with the chaotic generative system effects quantum transitional state changes, which become entangled with the new inputs, to be iteratively multiplied into the changing sound landscapes and forms. Time-stretching and spectrogram analysis reveals that the outputs exhibit scalar iterative self-similarity of sound and image forms. .. Source: Soundscape entry for ICMC | SMC 2014 Joint Conference, September 14-20, Athens, Greece – http://www.icmc14-smc14.net/
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Sheridan Talk: A Design Morphology of Electroacoustic and Computational Feedback Synthesis

Sheridan Talk - Design Morph. in ElectroAcoust & Comp FBS 2v1F

Sheridan Talk - Design Morph. in ElectroAcoust & Comp FBS ITINER 3v0F

Sheridan Talk – Design Morph. in ElectroAcoust & Comp FBS ITINER 3v0F  [Slide 2]

Sheridan Talk: A Design Morphology of Electroacoustic and Computational Feedback Synthesis

By Campbell D. Foster (Sonological Researcher), with Jean-Pierre Joubert (Filmmaker)
4 Feb 2014, Vers. 2.1

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ITINERARY

Introductions
EXTRM UNIVRS – Voyage into the heart of the Universe
FLUID
PLANET TRINITY – MARS Planet
Deconstructional Analysis – Jean-Pierre Joubert (Filmmaker)
“A Design Morphology of Electroacoustic and Computational Feedback Synthesis”
Question & Answer Session
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~ Cf,  4 March 2014|

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