Prism, Mirror, Lens

by Dave Seidel

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These are realtime performance pieces recorded in single takes, with no editing, in my home studio. If listening on speakers, please use a quality sound system, listen in a spot with good stereo imaging, and turn up the volume to fill the listening space. To hear additional binaural details, listen with headphones. Remember, streaming versions are downsampled, so go ahead and download to get the best sound.

Prism, Mirror, Lens (2014) is a piece for Shnth and realtime Csound processing. It utilizes pure tunings, complex timbres, and sounds of long duration, in a setting of continual spectral change. Prism, Mirror, Lens is dedicated to Samuel R. Delany, from whose novel Dhalgren the title is taken.

Nur (2009, revised 2015), composed and performed using SuperCollider, creates rhythmic structure from acoustical beating patterns using overlapping layers of precisely-tuned oscillators. This piece is dedicated to David Borden and Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company; I was fortunate to hear them perform live (more than once) in their original configuration as Borden, Steve Drews and Linda Fisher, when I was a young teenager living in Ithaca, New York in the early 1970s. Nur (نور) is an Arabic word meaning light.

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released August 30, 2015

Composed, performed, and produced by Dave Seidel.

The x-ray crystallography image that accompanies this release was created by Dr. Thomas White / Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY and is used by kind permission.




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