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Contortio Ratio (fixed media)


Torrents spin and hurl. Spectral residues cling to the spent energy. Chemical glues unravel and substances transform toward new assemblages. The connections are tenuous and shaken loose by heavy structural shifts.

Contortio Ratio can be parsed in three sections: The first section explores wavelet transformations as a means of deconstructing sounds. The material is reassembled, keeping the goal of causality in mind. The second section implies several different equal temperaments (6 divisions of 2:1, 9 divisions of 3:1, 9 divisions of 1.618:1, etc.) while never settling on any particular one. The pitched material is introduced over a sparse texture created using filtered impulses in a feedback system. The third section melds the material of the first two sections. It settles on a pitch system that takes the spectral characteristics of sounds from the first section and fuses those with the synthesized temperaments of the second section. In the creation of Contortio Ratio, the Supercollider programming language was the tool of choice for generating sonic material. Montage and mixing was performed in Digital Performer.