As, Es, and Us … Miroitant de l’eau, another Disquiet Junto track, this time from vowel sounds
Disquiet Junto Project 0059: Vowel Choral Drone
As part of the weekly Disquiet Junto project this week, the goal involved the human voice. We were asked to create a choral drone from three samples that had to be sung ourselves. This project also required a single die, or the digital equivalent.
Here were the steps in the project:
Step 1: Roll a die three times (or three dice once) to determine which vowels you will use. Depending on your luck, you may end up with two or even three of the same vowel.
1 = A (“a” as in “yay”); 2 = E (“e” as in “bee”); 3 = I (“i” as in “die”); 4 = O (“o” as in “yo”); 5 = U (“u” as in “you”); 6 = Y (“y” as in “Sylvia”)
Step 2: For each vowel that you have been assigned by the dice, record a 10-second sample of you holding that vowel as a constant tone (volume, timbre, note, etc.).
Step 3: Create a choral drone that utilizes only these three sources of audio. You can treat them with effects lightly, but they should be recognizable as the human voice throughout the duration of track.
Holding any kind of bearable note for 10 seconds was challenge enough! I recorded a couple of versions of each (the dice gave me 1, 2 and 5), picking the “best” version for use . I threw these into Kontakt and played around with them in Ableton Live until I was happy with the results. There’s plenty of pitching and a little time-stretching, but apart from some compression and EQ, there’s not much else. I restrained my usually granular synthesis urges to a tiny barely audible background patch.
Photo: Pool in Gaujac by @echosonic
More on this 59th Disquiet Junto project at: disquiet.com/2013/02/14/disquiet0059-vwls
More details on the Disquiet Junto at: Groups – Disquiet-junto