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stained glass I - live improv
image used: "stained glass I"
a new touch controlled application, requires a new way of playing, and this app is unlike any I have ever seen or used. it works with between one and three fingers, which are placed on any black and white image, or any black and white video feed - and the contrast between the black and the white, the light and the dark - is what drive's the apps sound-producing engine.
yes, it's odd to have controls marked "scan rate" and to realise that the sound of the app changes fairly radically if you indeed, increase the scan rate - and in fact, most of the parameters of the controls have to do with the image, how it's scanned, and so on - and not the usual "music" related buttons and choices.
that in itself is refreshing, but in a way, I don't really care that much how it works or why it works - I'm just glad it does, because the sound that comes out of VOSIS - if you play it with care - can be anywhere from intensely pure and very, very beautiful, all the way down to rumbling, distorted, uneasy dark ambient grumblings.
in my first piece, using an image of a stained glass window that I happened to have on my tablet, I think I run the gamut of those various parts - very ambient, very active, dark, and, everything in between.
I love the sound of VOSIS, I relate to it immediately, and I must admit, I enjoy the process, and sometimes, I would just hold position, once i found a sound I really liked, I would freeze, unmoving, with my three fingers held in some unknown pattern, generating the purest tone you've ever heard. and then, eventually, I let go, and move to another area of the image - and the sound changes once again.
I really enjoy playing this unusual ambient instrument.
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