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This single sound is an example of making a function split in the Continuum surface. Playing above 60 nn will trigger notes and sliding a finger below 60 nn will change the playback location of an analysis file. As well, control over a granualr reverb, a DDL, and a VCF can be controlled via left hand (below 60 nn) playing.

From the notes in the sound's VCS:

Right hand for Pitch and Notes, left hand to play back through the analysis. Split point is at 60 nn

• Left Hand Controls: !StartKey = Start of the analysis file (in midi notes). !KeyTimbre values closer to 0 will play through the first half. !KeyTimbre values closer to 1 will play through the second half. !KD1 responds to !KeyDown and will trigger the memorywriter feeds into the granular reverb. Lifting up your left hand will allow recording into the memorywriters. With your left hand down you are feeding the audio into a mono delay line passing through a VCF, which is controlled via KV (!Keyvelocity) in the left hand.

• Right Hand Controls: Low !KeyTimbre values will favour an analysis with no pitch correction with no playback rounding. High !KeyTimbre values will favour an analysis with a monotone sound and rounding to semitones. !OctaveShift will shift the right hand notes up or down by octaves.

In the VCS there are horizontal faders which will give visual feedback on all the global controllers.

-- EdmundEagan - 30 Sep 2004

I've added an mp3 demo of this sound, called Three Streams in the examples section of http://www.hakenaudio.com.

-- EdmundEagan - 05 Oct 2004

Beautiful!! Did you record one "stream" at a time? So what are the three streams? (Hinduism, Catholicism, and sensual poetry?) I suppose that the Gregorian chant was a sample...is there also a sitar sample mixed in there or did you generate everything using your plucked string algorithm and Continuum?

-- CarlaScaletti - 05 Oct 2004

Each sound was played one at a time and recorded/edited inside Logic. Some of the BG voices were polyphonic and as such were recorded in one pass. Inside the EndlessSea sound there is a nice balance created between playing monophonically (which has a filtered DDL on the output) and playing with two hands polyphonically on the upper part of the Continuum. As soon as you lift your left hand, that opens a gate which allows output from a granular reverb. The granular reverb has no pan jitter. There are two channels of grains that are panned hard left and hard right. This creates a very mysterious open sound which mutes again when one lays another finger down in the lower Continuum area.

The third stream is Islam, you'll just have to take my word for it :). BTW, trivia points to the person who can guess which book features a three stream BG to the main character. Clue: think 3.141592...

The Gregorian chant was a straight sample. There is no sitar samples. All the plucked sound were generated with that Res Pluck sound I posted a while back. That sound uses allpass filters to create that kind of sitar twang. The only samples used were the before mentioned Gregorian chant bits as well as two small background percussion sounds. The bass pulse was Arturia's CS80 virtual synth. Other than that the rest is Kyma.

-- EdmundEagan - 05 Oct 2004

Is it a quote from The Life of Pi? (but I didn't hear any tigers or meerkats...)

-- CarlaScaletti - 06 Oct 2004

Not a quote but it seemed to fit the bill for Life of Pi. Now does someone have a meerkat sample?

-- EdmundEagan - 07 Oct 2004

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