cords is a short work for electric guitar and computer, with optional video. The performer controls a simple patch written in Pure Data that triggers sound files and changes delay times. The harmonies of this work were created by starting with a quartal harmony (as suggested by standard guitar tuning), then substituting pitches that are semi- or whole-tones away from this initial harmony. The delay times attempt to reflect the dissonance or consonance of the harmonies -- consonant harmonies have slower delay times, while dissonant harmonies have fast delays. The piece was written for composer-guitarist Michael Sterling Smith.
Video presentation, with studio recording by Michael Sterling Smith:
Download: Pure Data patch & files (31.5 MB .zip file)
Email me (adamscottneal at gmail) for video file.
• Darren Nelsen, Eyedrum (Atlanta), 1/25/15
• Michael Sterling Smith, Florida Contemporary Music Festival, 3/14/14
• Michael Sterling Smith, ASN doctoral recital 11/25/13