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disappearance - 2023
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score:
score


content of the piece:
as we move forward in time, we leave behind some familiar objects, which could be everyday objects and making them almost obsolete. this piece is about disappearance of these objects, we may not see them in future and they may come back to life after a while and used again. usually in a different way. so now a few objects are selected on behalf of the rest. and the whole piece was made of only these materials. the selection is based on "soft-sounds", which is a subset of "sound-signals" category, this is categorized by Schafer: he is best known for his concept of the soundscape, which refers to the sonic environment of a particular place or time.
"The Soundscape: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World" by R. Murray Schafer pg 11-13
"The Music of the Environment:" Perspectives of New Music, by Schafer, R. Murray. pg. 49-52.

the whole idea is to focus on the meaning or feeling of something which is lost in time, and may come back in a different way. of course it's only a personal perspection and it is not only about physical objects. it could be a person it could be a memory or a feeling. something we lost through time which may come back.


these are the materials:

paper

coin

pencil

keys

matchwood

pencilsharper

as we proceed with the piece, we hear the main materials one after the other the speed increases slowly until we hear only a shape of them. it's some how represents changing through time. then this "shape-sound" becomes "pencil-sound" and writes down its own past. it's like dependency of a memory
also pencil is used in space when pen did not work: the astronaut Wally Schirra during the Mercury-Atlas 8 (MA-8) mission on October 3, 1962. wrote the first text on space with pencil that includes the phrase: "Flooded Wrist Evacuated" to describe a problem with his space suite. so we see pencil has came back as a solusion. The "pencil-sound" we hear in this piece is the sound of writing this phrase.

in the following pencil becomes noisy and noisier,
' noise shapes '
the noise made by multiply "fire-sound" to "pencil-sound" using granular synth technique:

in the meanwhile some points of "pencil-sound" has been freezed, looped or reversed randomly, so time would change for the object. also it helps to be combined more with the noise.

' loop / reverse shape'

the noise continues until it burns out so it burns the identity of pencil to become something else
at this point (02:36) time goes differently, first we hear burning pencil then the flame and after that the matchwood itself. it's kind of reversing time or go back in time. but not exactly.
time
after flame pencil follows paper in reverse. so on the one hand, it goes backward from flame to papercut (red line from 02:36 to 02:58 --- then 03:24 to 04:12) and on the other hand it goes forward to the "coin-sound" (blue line from 02:36 to 02:58 and straight to 04:10).

the red timeline is equel to the blue. so if we put them side by side in parallel we have:
coinline
next there are pepercut-sounds in the atmospher. paper is related to coin as a banknote or paper-money. tearing the paper is stretching until coin and paper become one.
so as you can see the evolutionary course of objects is not in a straight timeline or even in order.

at the 02:58 the coin-sound starts with granular synth technique. slowly increases time and separates in two layers. the coin sample recorded in 192kHz. one of the layers has been converted to 44100 Hz and the other one has not. so we hear one of them in lower pitch and slower:
coinline
as you can see the speed of coins are increasing. outside lines show only the automations of the granular synth for both layers. which are: speed and random pitches. the idea is to show the time may passes differently for one single object. and it changes the identity of the object. so if you look at time differently you see different
at (03:24) we have the paper-cut-sound, and at the end (04:12) we have coin-sound. so due to the time it's not clear which became which. and that's the whole point. it depends how you look at the time

technical part:
all samples recorded with behringer-C2 connected to the soundcard "nativeinstrument-komplete-6" at 192kHz sample rates. (because of time scratching idea in the piece). then all have been proccesed in csound. then mixed in cubase
the score is written in python-drawsvg with the granular algorithm from csound code.

P.S. many thanks to joachim heintz, kimia jahad and parastoo shirani for helping me to bring this piece to life.