Physical environments have their own acoustical fingerprints in a tumultuous state, whereas natural soundscapes lay out a specific acoustic environment within which the different acoustic elements go together. The question arises as to whether its acoustic constituents may be identified and discretized in a musical context.
After listening to a recorded soundscape of the Vilcabamba river, I developed and adapted a set of software tools for inferring the acoustic organization taking place in the river’s Soundscape, on the basis of multidimensional audio featuring.
By imposing a threshold for amplitude peaks, it enables to implement the task of audio segmentation and harmonic transcription, by which the acoustic environment can be modeled and transliterated. This device provides a fruitful strategy for delving into its sonic environment.
The compositional process has been undertaken in compliance with a aesthetic wish to pay heed to the harmonic system deriving from the analysis, all the more so each group of notes originates from a specific moment (index) of the analysis.
Likewise, GPS coordinates have been integrated into the composing process in order to browse and explore the harmonic system as a means of designating a particular order for frequencies to appear.
Composer, jazz pianist and researcher in computer music. Born in Ecuador in 1983, Mancero started playing piano accidentally when he was thirteen. He attended the Mozart Conservatory of Music, and later the Berklee International Network at USFQ University, in Quito, where he started teaching at age 19. Some of his early projects are Rarefacción (Festival Internacional de Jazz de la Habana 2008), Mancero Trío (Festival Iberoamericano de Montevideo, 2013) and Mancero Solo (Jazz à Vienne Festival, France 2013). As a composer, he has participated in many projects ranging from classical traditional Ecuadorian music to contemporary electroacoustic music. He obtained his Ph.D in Aesthetics, Sciences and Technologies of Arts from the Université Paris VIII in 2019, where he developed a series of experimental works on computer science and composition. His latest record “Palíndromo” has been released in 2020. www.danielmancero.com
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