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Yield Point

by Jules Rawlinson

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Studies for physically modelled brass synthesis and Serge modular synthesiser.

In engineering the yield point is the point at which some fraction of deformation of a material as a result of applied stress and strain to the material is permanent.

This suite of studies explores deformation of pitch, amplitude, duration and timbral intonation in musical material by applying algorithmic and stochastic processes to physically modelled brass synthesis, with additional resonances and augmentations from similar processes applied to Serge modular synthesiser.

A series of trios is interspersed with solo sequences and articulations.

The work builds on prior explorations of the extended temporal character of note level events that have been “prolonged and intensified to unnatural and uneasy duration” in Interval and Instance, and the smeared, transient and unstable spectromorphology of interactive work w[i]nd (pixelmechanics.itch.io/wind)

Yield Point 8 is a response to Han-earl Park #lockdownminiature Nº 8 twitter.com/hanearlpark/status/1376986510604562432

The brass modelling uses the NESS Brass Instruments Environment: www.ness.music.ed.ac.uk/archives/systems/brass-instruments-2

Cover image generated using StyleGAN2 trained on a dataset of images of brass instruments held by collections.ed.ac.uk/mimed


released April 30, 2021


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Jules Rawlinson Edinburgh, UK

Jules Rawlinson is a composer and improviser that works with electronic sounds and digital visuals in solo and collaborative settings, and is 1/3rd of improvising laptop trio Raw Green Rust

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