Disquiet Junto Project 0078: Less Sound, More Music
Addition by reduction
The idea of “sculpting” a block of sound can be used to produce varying and quite different sonic results; I decided that, since it wasn’t specifically forbidden, multi-tracking the sample, with each track meeting the requirements, might actually produce a “sculpted” result, in the way that a sculptor accentuates both the form and the inner nature of the media in question while reducing the mass of the media.
1st track – original track simply and substantially reduced in volume, to maintain the soul of the recorded piece.
2nd track – the bass and treble were cut severely on two versions using equalisation, and then they were combined in a stereo mix. This was then further eq’d down to sound like it was being played over a telephone. This was further eq’d until it was thinned right down.
3rd track – mono track, ambience adjusted to a “cathedral” setting. This adds (arguably) very slightly in the form of delay, but reduces attack and peaks by much more.
4th track – same again, further smeared to “space” and faded in at 1:15
5th track – original sample mixed to stereo and then processed through a Vocal Remover, four times.
6th track – original sample mixed to stereo and then processed through a tremolo VST effect four times, each time with a different wave shape and timing, thus adding further cancellations each time.
Oddly, the final result almost sounds enriched by the end, especially as tracks 2, 5 and 6 are faded away before the end. The cooks amongst you will recognise this as resembling the process of Reduction, where a sauce has its excess liquids gently boiled away to enhance and deepen its flavour. The rest will probably think I’ve lost it and am talking through my hat.
Track image is a contemporary caricature of Gaetano Braga by Étienne Carjat
The 78th weekly Disquiet Junto project revisits [the most popular project](http://disquiet.com/2012/02/25/disquiet0007/) in the year and a half thus far of the ongoing Disquiet Junto series. It’s a shared-sample project. Everyone will work from the same source audio, which is provided below. You will take the provided sound sample and from it make an original work. You will do this only by subtracting sound from the sample. You won’t add anything to it. You won’t slow it down. You won’t speed it up. You won’t cut it up, and you won’t otherwise reorganize its contents. You won’t play it backwards. You will only “remove.” The word “remove” is up for interpretation — but generally speaking, I’d say that it means various acts of lowering the volume of a narrow or wide band of the audio spectrum for either a short or long period of time. And, of course, “lowering the volume” can be interpreted to mean muting outright. The act here of “removing” is the sonic equivalent of sculpting something from a solid block.
The track that will be the focus of our collective effort is a 1902 recording by the Edison Symphony Orchestra of “Angel’s Serenade," or "La Serenata," by composer Gaetano Braga. This link goes to the source MP3:
More on this 78th Disquiet Junto project, in which sound is removed from a century-old Edison Symphony Orchestra recording, at:
This track a reworking of a 1902 recording by the Edison Symphony Orchestra of “Angel’s Serenade," or "La Serenata," by composer Gaetano Braga. The source audio is from this URL:
More details on the Disquiet Junto at: http://soundcloud.com/groups/disquiet-junto/info