Chief Investigator

Melissa Carey

School or Research Centre

School of Arts and Social Sciences

Lead Partner Organisation

Southern Cross University

Contact

Dr Melissa Carey, Southern Cross University, PO Box 157, Lismore NSW 2480, Australia.

melissa.carey@scu.edu.au

Keywords

Graphic synthesis, digital composition, musical composition, graphic design.

Description

Part of a series of sound files produced as part of PhD thesis, titled 'Intermedia Frottage: visual representation of music & aural representation of image'.

In Greek mythology, Charon the boatman ferried the souls of the dead across the underground river Styx, from the land of the living to Hades' underworld. Sounds in this four part suite have been created from an image of a flooded underground tunnel with graffiti-covered walls.

Track 12 in Part 2, sounds of dripping water and the splash of the Boatman's oars have been added, with spectrographic images in the visual score. These sounds have been used as a sample source for further sound creation from the original image, creating the deep gurgling and lightning-like sounds.

The sound files are in a compressed format, and the full fidelity audio CD is available for loan with the exegesis from Southern Cross University Library (or from the creator). Similarly, the imagery is not available on the website collection, but a DVD or imagery is also available for loan with the exegesis from Southern Cross University Library (or from the creator).

Data Collection Start Date

2003

Data Collection End Date

2007

Methodology

With the use of graphic synthesis software, the composer can draw sounds directly on the sound canvas. This means that sounds can be written to as well as read from the image. The image takes on the role of a graphic score, from which multiple readings, or interpretations are possible.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

FoR Code

1904; 1905

Data Processing

Processing and analysis through Metasynth (U&I Software); Corel Photo-Paint; Spectrogram (Visualization Software LLC); Phonogramme (V. Lesbros)

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