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some inputs 1 (misalign)

by Max Wainwright

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Misalign A 07:36
Misalign B 15:08


Some inputs 1 (misalign) is the first of a series of feedback explorations, where the core sounds is formed by a feedback loop, into which external sounds are fed, to perturb and shape the oscillations. I call this technique "some input-mixing".

In misalign, the feedback loops consists of a Mackie 1202 mixer and a Tascam field recorder, which has the possibility of delaying either channel in milliseconds. This, the first in the series, is perhaps closest to normal no input, the only external audio being the ambient sounds of the room (in which the sound of the no-input loop is also played back), which are recorded onto the field recorder and monitored in the desk, along with the line out of the desk itself. Feeding itself. The quiet ambient sounds may affect the loop, the acoustics of the space (my workshop) absolutely do.

Thus four channels are recorded, two variously delayed line inputs and two microphone inputs. Owing to a mistake, the tracks have then been mixed up, so that the line recording from one take was combined with the microphone of another. Since the takes are of different length, the recordings have then been played at slower or faster speeds to conform to each other (and further expand the frequency content of the pieces upwards and downwards respectively).

The two sharp and cutting drones, sometimes delving into pulsations and beating textures, are companion pieces which due to their manner of creating share many features and their larger form. Different aspects of the feedback loop are brought forth by the raw line sound and the reverberated microphone input, so the same take's two recordings present dissimilar perspectives of a shared form. This leads to two different counterpoints, each consisting of a raw and reverberated recording, one having been either sped up or slowed down.
Occasionally, external sounds can be heard underneath the sound mass.

recorded on the 10th of April 2020.


released June 5, 2020


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Max Wainwright Uppsala, Sweden

Max Wainwright is a composer and performer of experimental electronic and acoustic music, often involving free improvisation, adapting to complex systems, and making+using terrible instruments. He does solo and collaborative performances, installations, sculpture, radio pieces, chamber composition and video work. ... more

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