This is my piece for the first Csound assignment at Berklee with Dr. Boulanger, "Denominator." I would have uploaded it much sooner, but I couldn't decide what to do with the piece: I wanted to implement Dr. B's sole suggestion for improving the piece by replacing the background drone with synthesized note-list instructions in Csound instead of a looping sampled loscil of a Yamaha VSS-30 and my voice, but I simply have don't have the time to figure out the right opcodes, the right concept, the proper way of implementing it at the moment.
And, I like the piece in it's current form. So maybe sometime in like a year or so another version of this piece will be up using more creative use of reading through an f-table really slowly or something like that, but in the mean time here is the one I submitted for the class.
The assignment was to create a very simple and pretty piece using only one or two Csound instrs and driven by the note-list. We do not yet know how to MIDIfy or slave at this point, and have not been encouraged to sample rendered output yet, so this is essentially all we know how to do.
The piece is named Denominator after the concept driving the melodic component: Each note is driven by a different subdivision of the main quarter-note pulse that runs through the whole piece.
There are three instrs in the song: One is a sample of my voice that plays back through the whole song of a low bit-rate drone of the root, one is an oscil with a distort that starts out strong on each new note and gradually fades out, and the third is a combination foscil/pluck that doubles each oscil note entrance.
The piece borrows some articulation shapes from Dr. B's Etude 4 as well as some things from the other Etudes (2 I think?). All citations have been provided in the .csd.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN RUNNING THE .CSD: .aifs cannot be attached to podcast submissions, so I have provided vss_drone.aif here: http://www.nicksuda.com/vss_drone.aif