PLOrk fall2006/Works/Wind Chimes

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Wind Chimes

  • Composer: Michael Hammond
  • Duration: 4'
  • Software used: ChucK


Program Notes

"Wind Chimes" is so named for a ChucK file that serves as the backbone of the piece, playing throughout the performance. The file randomizes a sequence of 5 notes and plays them at a constant tempo (with STK path Wurley), sounding very much like a wind chime. The sequence is of ambiguous mode, until the next ChucK files are added, which play a melody in a specific mode of the key. The idea then, was to create an environment that could be manipulated through a series of modes by the performers at the cue of the conductor. All the computers were networked to make the movement from one mode to another precise. After all of the files have been run, the director then only has to cue the performers to press a key on the keyboard to cue the next part (mode) of the piece.

Instructions

Performers

  • (Ahead of time) The 4 (non-conductor) performers are designated as Group 1 or 2.
  • (Everyone) Join the network
  • Start with levels at 0.
  • Open two terminal shells
  • Navigate to plork/users/mwh/assignment1 in both shells
  • Run chuck --loop in shell 1
  • (Group 1) Run chuck + piano_r kb_r in shell 2
  • (Group 2) Run chuck + organ_r kb2_r in shell 2
  • (Everyone) Wait until instructions appear in shell 1
  • Slowly fade in on cue
  • Wait for cue to press next key (s, d, f, g, or h)
  • At end, fade out on cue.

Conductor

  • Join the network
  • Start with levels at 0.
  • Open two terminal shells
  • Navigate to plork/users/mwh/assignment1 in both shells
  • Run chuck --loop in shell 1
  • Run chuck + organ_r kb_r in shell 2
  • Run chuck + piano_s organ_s in shell 2
  • Slowly fade in
  • Cue the mode changes (and simultaneously perform your own) ~4 seconds before the end of the current melody
  • Fade out at end

Files

  • Files: plork/users/mwh/sss
  • Score: score prints in shell 2