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Fractus I for Trumpet in C and Electronic Sound: A Critical Examination of the Compositional Process

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University of North Texas
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Keywords
  • Trumpet
  • Solo
  • Electronic
  • Brass
  • Supercollider
  • Music
  • Electroacoustic
  • Trumpet And Electronic Music -- Scores.
Disciplines
  • Computer Science
  • Musicology

Abstract

Fractus I is a composition for trumpet in C and live electronic sound. The electronics were primarily created using SuperCollider, an environment and programming language for real time audio synthesis. This project investigates SuperCollider's pattern and task functionality as a means of supporting and enriching the compositional process. Fractus I develops several different code architectures in order to randomize as well as synchronize various musical elements. The piece exploits SuperCollider as both an audio synthesis tool and a performance conduit. Additionally, the nature of SuperCollider's patterns and tasks influences the form and content of the composition. The project underscores SuperCollider as a powerful, versatile and open-ended tool for musical composition and examines future directions and improvements.

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