Word Music

Network Music Piece
Julian Rohrhuber, 2015

In one stroke, each sign is a cut in the audible and the intelligible. For algorithmic sound, this classical semiological idea is transformed into a specific challenge - of thinking on two levels simultaneously: on the level of computer languages, that may be extended, invented, explored, subverted, and on the level of their characteristic sounds that give rise to recognition, misunderstanding, orchestration, and dislocation.

In this network music piece, the ensemble uses a stenographic sound programming language to think aloud, in words that mean programs, and letters that shift meanings. Each letter incorporates a generic spectral decomposition whose partials occupy spatial and timbral non-places. Each word may cause sonic slap stick.