Spooky action at a distance
Spooky action at a distance
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Some have wondered what will follow the Eleven Clouds project and given its epic nature one would imagine a bit of a break is in order. Surely I don’t plan to release any more cds in the foreseeable future but the process of exploring the Network Instrument that was the genesis of that project has just begun.  Those who have listened to all Eleven Clouds (of which only one person beyond myself currently has that opportunity) have had a chance to experience my continuing experiments with a particular network but due to the nature of that project there was constraints and concerns for each release that transcended that aspect.  What I’ve planned to do for 2011 is a series of webreleases documenting further explorations, ones that are more driven by explorations of the theory and whatever components needed in that exploration. These will be a lot more raw, documenting failures along with successes. I will though with these posts discuss to some degree what was attempted and what in the released fragment achieved.

That is the plan for 2011, but I’m jumping the gun here, inspired by the yesterday being the only day of 2010 whose date when written in the typical US fashion forms a descending sequence: 12.11.10. What I was doing for this piece is I took the basic Network that I’d used for …and yet but instead of using radio static as a source of randomness I went the opposite direction and utilized my ancient Healthkit Oscillator for a continuous tone. Then the batteries on my BC-16 ran out and  I replaced it with an internal feedback loop on the Micromodular. Thus it actually ended up as an altered network with a quite distinct cloud. The goal here was a sense of stasis but with a chopped up feel to it that was driven by the feedback. I dislike it when feedback falls into obvious patterns, it has too much of a techno beats feel for me, but I do like that sort of unstable tearing effect that is basically that pattern interfered with. This is the art of live electronics – this sort of effect has to do with balancing on a knife edge; the system will want to fall into the oscillating pattern and you (or at least me) want it to stay in a chaotic pattern.  Give this one a listen and see how I did.

I’ll be back in the new year with the next in this series, most likely with a changed network. This piece can be thought of as the swan song for this long used network and perhaps a final bit of documentation of its flexibility. As I replied to the Network Instrument question that Joe raised in his questions for Drunken Boat, one of lessons I learned from the Eleven Clouds project was how I would shape my setup in the future. 2011 will be the year in which I put this to practice.