sand, snow, breeze

by Tara Rodgers

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    Photos of landscapes and weather events, with color data converted to filtered noise. Recommended for headphones or speakers that reproduce a wide range of frequencies. Designed for listening in headphones with eyes closed.

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A series of audio-visual compositions using digital photographs and computer-generated noise to represent landscapes and weather events. RGB color data from the photographs are converted into filtered brown, white, and pink noise using GraphicConverter and the programming environment SuperCollider. A touch of postproduction is done with an FMR Really Nice Compressor and a Moog MF-101 Lowpass Filter. Sound selections and data mapping choices are crafted to evoke the place and experience in the photographs.

Photographs can be viewed on each page associated with the individual tracks, linked above.

Brown Noise / Sand (2005/2012)
A single digital photograph of a rock on the beach, taken on Block Island, RI, ca. March 2005; reduced in size to 40x30 pixels. RGB color data from each pixel are used to shape a granular synth that processes and filters a segment of brown noise. Pixel data are read left to right and top to bottom across the image, with resulting sounds randomly panned in stereo. A small area of sand is expanded to 16 minutes of granulated brown noise.

White Noise / Snowstorm (2008)
Time-lapse digital photographs, 1 per second for 10 seconds, taken from a window during a snowstorm on Ile-des-Soeurs, Québec, 10 Dec 2008. Images are reduced in size to 20x15 pixels. RGB color data from each pixel are converted to filtered white noise, reading left to right and top to bottom across each image, with resulting sounds randomly panned in stereo. 10 seconds of snow are expanded to 10 minutes of white noise.

Pink Noise / River Breeze (2009)
Time-lapse digital photographs, 1 per second for 10 seconds, of a tree by the river on a windy day, Ile-des-Soeurs, Québec, 21 May 2009. Images are reduced in size to 20x15 pixels. RGB color data from each pixel are converted to filtered pink noise, reading left to right and top to bottom across each image, with resulting sounds randomly panned in stereo. 10 seconds of breeze are expanded to 40 minutes of pink noise.

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released 21 June 2012

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Tara Rodgers Maryland

Tara Rodgers is a composer and scholar. She received an MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College (2006) and a PhD in Communication Studies from McGill (2011). Recent projects use SuperCollider (audiosynth.com) to map migration flows and weather patterns in multichannel sound. She also performs on piano and analog synths, and records techno and house music as Analog Tara. ... more

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