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A sound designed for the Continuum, a variation of the Tau Trombone sound I posted earlier in 2006. In this version, !KeyTimbre no longer controls pan position but has instead is mapped to a high pass filter and modulation index of a VCF to simulate a mute on the trombone, or at least my mental recollection of what that would sound like. It wasn't important to me to be absolutely accurate.

I've attached two mp3 sound examples.

* TauMuteTromboneDemo01.mp3: Demo 1 is a real time improvisation showing various pitch slides and articulations, moving back and forth from muted to unmuted timbres.

* TauMuteTromboneDemo02.mp3: Demo 2 is a real time improvisation highlighting a cool feature on the Continuum, the dynamic sustain pedal. Think of it as a normal sustain pedal with an adjustable level. The sustain level can be adjusted after the note has sounded. For instance, with the sustain pedal set to 50% when a note is released it will sustain at 50% of the maximum "z" level. The sustain pedal can then be moved to alter that relative "z" value, 100% to zero. When it reaches zero the note terminates. This sustain feature is great for creating clusters. Since this Kyma sound's Midivoice is set to 3, when the fourth note is hit the oldest one drops out.

-- EdmundEagan - 26 Jul 2006


A video demo of this sound has been added which demonstrates an interesting playing technique one can use on the Continuum. A principle part of the mechanics of the Continuum is the aluminum bars under the neoprene surface. These bars run in the "Y" direction and number in the hundreds. They allow for very accurate and discrete "X" (pitch) information, but are limited to single finger output in the "Y" direction for every semitone or so in the "X". This may seem like a bit of a limitation, but it does have it's advantages. By placing the thumb on one end of the bar (nearest the player) and the middle finger on the other end of the bar (furthest from the player), one can rock back and forth between the thumb and the finger, sliding back and forth smoothly with a continuous "Y" output.

Kudos to the person who can figure out what time of day the performance took place.

-- EdmundEagan - 11 Aug 2006

The file says it was created "Today at 11:39". But your watch kind of looks like it is displaying 9:15? (Something tells me that this answer does not merit kudos, though.)

-- CarlaScaletti - 11 Aug 2006

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