Acousmonium II (2017)
Re-Tuned Melodica and Hacked Tape Recorders
The melodica has been re-tuned to approximate a selection of notes from the 5th octave of an overtone series based on F. However due to the finicky nature of the instrument, a number of these pitches remain slightly out-of-tune, adding strange colors to both just and equally tempered intervals. This is paired with an electronic track featuring similar in-tune-but-out-of-tune just intonation intervals, orchestrated with simple sine and square waves that exploit the distortion that the tape recorders add to the sound.
3/24/18 - Ben Wylie - Pyatt Hall, Vancouver, BC - Presented by Vancouver Pro Musica as part of the Sonic Boom Festival
Acousmonium I (2017)
Sine Tones and Speaker Ensemble
Performed by 3 transducers, two hacked tape recorders, two radios, one piano, one gong, and a powered speaker.
No digital effects were used, sonic materials were limited exclusively to sine tones. All manipulations of the sound are produced by the various acoustic characteristics of the speakers.
6/20/17 - Gold Saucer, Vancouver, BC - Presented as part of Sawdust Collector's New Works Series