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Published on May 27, 2012
Music for Double Bass & Computer, No. 3 -- Edward Stumpp, Mills College
Music for Double Bass and Computer, No. 3 is the kind of piece I have wanted to compose for some time. When I originally started to compose electronic music I felt as if I left my instrument behind. The first two installments of Music for Double Bass and Computer were attempts to bring these two practices together. I used both synthesis and signal processing in those pieces. Though I tired it never quite felt comfortable, the Computer and Double bass always seemed to clash. With Music for Double Bass and Computer No. 3 I used a different approach, I decided to stick with a simple technical concept and use the timbre of my Double Bass exclusively. I sample a pitch for each section. These pitches are then run through various playback speeds, filters and delays. What results is texture that expands upon the Double Bass creating harmonies to be performed over. The sounds combine to create a timbre that is eerily familiar.
Performance from the California Music Exchange Concert. CCRMA, Stanford. May 5, 2012