Elevator is an experimental
work for computers, synthesizers, piano (played conventionally
and plucked/prepared), and live projected video. The work is
presented in 4.1 surround.
Elevator incorporates the
sounds and images of a vintage 1960's elevator. It is the second
in a series of live multmedia works we have presented that are
based on the ambient sounds and images of an urban landscape.
In Elevator, the sounds of the piano, both natural and processed
are incorporated to echo the textures and timbres of the elevator
sounds. Virtual analog synthesizer sounds provide a contrasting
element and purity of tone. Small clips of elevator sounds are
used to create rhythmic elements.
Elevator is also a one-hour
DVD of surround audio with still images. The DVD project began
with granular processing experiments of elevator sounds that
I recorded. Other sounds, including sampled choral voices, shortwave
radio, and piano sounds eventually found their way into the mix.
The production consists of many layers of improvised computer
music passages that were edited and combined in the tradition
of a remix.