Contrapture

for 5.1 electroacoustic music and video (2009 rev 2012) 6′10″

  • Premiered => (Stereo Version) UIUC Composers Concert; 10.18.2009. Presented => SEAMUS National Conference 2013.
Program Notes: 

Contrapture (2009 rev 2012), video and electroacoustic music designed for 5.1 surround, draws inspiration from a variety of noisy devices or machines: airplanes, typewriters, printing presses, and others.  The title originates with a verbal mishap that I heard once;  I’m still not sure if the intended word was contraption or capture. In either case, this work resonates with both words due to the sounds sources, various processes used in its creation, and the imagery of the video.

Contrapture was composed with Grace (an algorithmic composition environment by Taube), Csound, AudioSculpt, and Protools. Max/MSP, After Effects, and Premiere were used for the processing and arranging of video material. Contrapturewas realized in the Experimental Music Studios at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.