Palpebla Resonoj #1

  • Palpebla Resonoj 1 @ Fluc Wien 2014 - Stelios Manousakis

for feedback-augmented alto clarinet
and real-time computer processing

The piece Palpebla Resonoj #1 is an open composition for feedback-augmented clarinet and real-time processing, taking its final form in performance. It explores hybrid acoustics through the resonances and dynamic behavior of a sonic chimera: a self-designed, self-constructed (and self-repaired) electro-acoustics alto clarinet, created from a 60+ year old, discarded instrument.

The clarinet is the central element of a compound hybrid sound synthesis system which involves acoustic, electric and digital sound paths, all interferring and interacting with one another. Its body is used at the same time as an acoustic instrument, an interactive acoustic filter, resonator and feedback chamber, a synthesis controller, and a sound diffuser.

The project forms part of long-term research in digital musical instrument design, sensing, haptics, acoustics, and non-standard digital sound synthesis and processing, and has gone through several iterations. Palpebla Resonoj #1 features a sensor-less version of the instrument, using audio analysis to control and modulate electronic processes purely through the sound generated inside the instrument.

For more information about the instrument, go to this page.

Year: 2013
Type: Performance, composition
Instrumentation: for feedback-augmented clarinet and real-time processing
Duration: 15′-20′
Materials/Media: Sound, speakers, feedback-augmented alto clarinet
Software: SuperCollider
Photo credit: Markus Gradwohl, Marko Ciciliani, Jono Whitehead

VIDEO


Stelios Manousakis: Composition, programming, clarinet

Video with excerpts from the piece’s premiere at Studio Loos in The Hague (25.4.2013):

Read more about the instrument here:

Feedback-augmented alto clarinet

The feedback-augmented alto clarinet is an acoustic instrument, an interactive acoustic filter, a resonator and feedback chamber, a digital control interface, and a sound diffuser. It is the central element of compound hybrid synthesis system that involves acoustic, analog and digital sound generation.

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