Last Thursday, 26 August, Bryan graciously agreed to meet me in Montreal for his first workshop session – the ‘first’ workshop of the series. I’ll be holding subsequent workshops with him in New York. So, a “heads up” to all of you who want to come to New York City for ‘your’ workshop. So far, among you, Henry Ng will be there.
I had a great time with Bryan working over his compositional ideas. He’s a wild man.
A number of significant talking points came out of this meeting and I’m sure they’re worth presenting to you here. Please consider these points for your first workshop session. This is what we did, essentially.
(1) Demonstrated how the DOT Mapper functions as an interface for mapping t-stick output (“Sources”) to synthesis parameters (“Destinations”)
(2) Gave Bryan some hands-on time with the t-stick – very important for appreciating the degree of control and also palpable effect of playing the instrument
(3) Explored movement vocabulary required for compositional project
(4) Demonstrated the use of available synthesisers (e.g., Granul8, the EXS sampler in LogicPro)
(5) Discussed sound ideas of compositional project
Bryan made an important observation about our working procedure. He told me it would be useful for him to have the means to “play” t-stick gestures without actually having a t-stick – I ‘do’ wish I could send each of you your own instrument to work with.
In the coming week, I will be posting t-stick data files, along with accompanying video, of many of the primary playing techniques (e.g., thrusting, tilting, shaking, lasso, etc.). You will be able to download the data files and Max/MSP patches to play the data files INTO your synthesiser.
To wrap up, here’s a short demonstration I created after meeting with Bryan. Keep in mind this video illustrates preliminary mappings. We have a lot more work to do in order to make use of the unique gesture vocabulary that is characteristic of the soprano t-stick.