Assignment 1 – Kevin Darr

For this assignment I took inspiration from the example of I am sitting in a room by Alvin Lucier by iteratively re-recording audio. The readymade system I used was Ableton Live. I took a default drum loop, recorded the audio using my computer speakers and a condenser mic, then applied a built-in audio effect called Redux which is essentially a bitcrusher/downsampler. I did this 11 times (including the original loop). It became somewhat painful to listen to since certain high frequencies were being amplified each pass.

An interesting and unintended side effect of the setup I used was the latency of the system. Each recorded section is exactly 3 measures at 70 BPM, but as you can hear the recordings become increasingly late and eventually cut off the end of the original loop.

Here is a link to the piece.

WARNING: As you can see in the Soundcloud waveform view, it gets very loud at the end. Please avoid damaging your ears/audio equipment.