Letting It Go To Voicemail
Letting It Go To Voicemail is a procedural multimedia piece about communication anxiety. It is minimal in construction, consisting of only a single oscillator and an algorithm for generating a buffer. It was born out of an exploration of algorithms that are successful as parameter functions in generative art. This particular algorithm generates noise that is something like probabilistic brownian motion. This piece simply sweeps the probability parameter from low to high, forwarding the resulting buffer to the oscillator, and drawing it on a polar coordinate system.
A 720p render of this piece can be downloaded here: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/18593900/2012-02-25_Evan_X_Merz_Letting_It_Go_To_Voicemail_720p.mpg. A standard definition render can be downloaded here: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/18593900/2012-02-25_Evan_X_Merz_Letting_It_Go_To_Voicemail_Standard.mpg.
Evan X. MerzEvan Merz (b. 1981) is a composer, programmer and blogger based in San Jose. He obtained a Bachelor's Degree in computer science from the University of Rochester in 2004, and a Master's Degree in computer music from NIU in 2010. His music has been performed at University of South Dakota 60/60 2012, April in Santa Cruz 2011, Phono Photo No. 6, Silence, Beauty and Horror 2009, musicBYTES 2009, New Music Hartford 2009, and IMMArts TechArt 2008. Evan is the author of Sonifying Processing: The Beads Tutorial, which introduces sound art to Processing programmers. He also works heavily as a freelance composer, scoring for numerous videogames and television productions. He is the SEAMUS Webmaster and the blogger at computermusicblog.com. Currently, Evan is a DMA candidate in UCSC's algorithmic composition program.
For more, see http://www.computermusicblog.com/blog/evan-xmerz/.