Sp/ARC (Specification/Audiation Real-time Composition)

Herrema, R (2021) Sp/ARC (Specification/Audiation Real-time Composition).

Item Type: Artefact
Creators: Herrema, R
Abstract: Sp/ARC (Specification/Audiation Real-time Composition) is a cross-platform mobile application that provides an environment intended to facilitate creative musical flow, from initial impulse through production to dissemination, doing so through a simple text-based interface that implements some of the features of Paul Berg’s venerable Lisp-based, desktop application AC Toolbox. It also draws on composer Julio Estrada’s concept of composing with continua, as well as on Steve Reich’s related phase-shift techniques. In its current form, the application is monophonic and, as such, creates a fruitful compositional constraint. The app can also be seen as a manifestation of the composer’s recent investigations into Code as Prosthesis, as it attempts to employ a live-coding dynamic that seeks a kind of compositional effortlessness (Wu Wei) that integrates audiation (the inner ear), listening (the outer ear), and specification (intellectual proposition). Sp/ARC has been built with JUCE, making use of its physical modelling library. As envisioned, the app will enable both Bluetooth MIDI transmission and the immediate uploading of improvised recordings to YouTube, etc.
Official URL: https://nime.pubpub.org/pub/xa3hq8k3
Date: February 2021

The work has been supported by an Automation Fellowship from the Southwest Creative Technology Network.

The programming for the app was done by Kieran Harte.

The app was presented at the 'International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression' at NYU Shanghai, China, June 2021.

Divisions: Bath School of Design
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Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Media Research
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2021 13:20
Last Modified: 16 May 2022 14:06
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