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music for apps: VOSIS - an eternal album

by dave stafford



SSDL1756 music for apps: VOSIS - an eternal album

VOSIS = voice of sisyphus image sonification

release date: 20140517 label: pureambient

last updated: 20160127 current count of tracks: 6

hello and welcome to the newest eternal album, “music for apps: VOSIS".

sometimes, appearances can be deceiving. I have to admit, when I first downloaded the "VOSIS - Voice Of Sisyphus Image Sonification" ipad music application, I really didn't have particularly high expectations for it, based on it's appearance and avowed method of sound creation (image-based music?), but, once I began to use the app - my opinion changed - dramatically.

first, the app's appearance is quite strange, you are presented with a black and white image of a marble statue, with some odd looking controls at the left, and you realise gradually, that you are supposed to "play" the black and white image, and that indeed, it's the pixels, the contrast of black and white, that actually powers the sound engine.

so depending on the photo you use, you will get different outputs - or, you can turn on your tablet's cam, and use VOSIS against a live video input - making music based on the pixels in your immediate environment.

I immediately sat down and recorded my first four VOSIS pieces, and I have to say, it's a very, very satisfying process - and the only possible comparison I can make, is to the very capable TC-11 application - another touch-controlled app - but VOSIS goes one up on TC-11, TC-11 is just your fingers driving synths and arpeggiators, and controlling patterns, while with VOSIS, the music is triggered by one to three fingers touching your chosen image or video feed.

regardless of the process, it's the sound that comes out that really describes what an app can do, and the output of VOSIS is very satisfying, dark, ambient - although the very useful toolkit of parameters on the left side of the screen allows for a fair amount of sonic variation, you can keep things very dark and moody, or boost up the scan rate for a more active sound - which is such an odd idea, you are basically changing the way the touch of your finger or fingers interacts with a black and white image, with variations in the image's contrast creating variations in the music - that is pretty wild!

but - OK, it's "image sonification" - and I wouldn't have believed it, but not only does it work, but it works well - and even though it's quite different, I am very happy to add this app to my arsenal of ambient applications that includes scape, mixtikl, drone fx - plus my other touch-controlled beauty, the amazing TC-11 - and I hope to create many more VOSIS soundscapes, using different images and video feeds to create an endless variety of endlessly changing ambient sound - VOSIS style.

and now - to the music!

dave stafford
pureambient world HQ

upload history:

20140524 initial upload - 4 new tracks
20160127 upload - 2 new tracks

all tracks composed, arranged, engineered, recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by dave stafford for pureambient records.

all sounds by dave stafford.

technical note: approximately four seconds (or more) of silence has been added to the end of each recording, to allow for any running order that you, the customer, desires (since this is a completely user-configurable album); this added silence in no way affects the quality of the tunes.

it's also advised that this music be listened to through headphones to experience the full stereo effect - we feel that the tracks are best experienced via headphones; in stereo - if this isn't possible, then the best available stereo speakers will have to suffice.

finally - thank you for listening!


released May 17, 2014

dave stafford: VOSIS application

VOSIS = voice of sisyphus image sonification


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dave stafford Stirling, UK

ambient loop guitarist dave stafford performed on stage with robert fripp and the orchestra of crafty guitarists in early 2009, and again with robert fripp and the symphony of crafty guitarists in 2015, and has worked with ambient music and looping for over twenty years. stafford has a rich back catalogue of ambient and loop music, +rock, prog or acoustic crafty guitar music: www.pureambient.com ... more

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