Notes for   Particles

I was working on trying to get as much movement and sound as possible from one
note, and got to the notion of elementary particles. 1. Just One Quark This was made from holding down just one note for
the entire piece, but the variety came from all the different controllers, such as the filter cutoff, resonance, reverb, etc. I based the sound onone of Stryde’s car sounds as a grain wave, and then two wavetable
oscillators--one a simple sine wave multiplied by 6 and tuned a bit off, and the other from the meadowlark song. [This made me think that John Cage would enjoy this--the notion that I was not controlling any of
the sounds that would emerge. BUT, unlike Cage, if a sound did
appear that I didn’t like, I worked to get rid of it...]

2. Leptons I made a synth with three oscillators forming a nice cluster,
then added a knock from my tree samples, which are controlled by the
key velocity (ie, the same note as the cluster, but sounding only when I
strike the key hard). Of the three I wrote this one last, thinking that
the other two were too similar, and could be helped by something
sweet placed between. I used just this one instrument, but
about 5 different tracks. On the first track I muted some of the cluster
notes so I just had a low octave. The second track brought in a higher
octave, now with the full cluster, and then the third track was a higher
octave yet. In another track I just pulled out the arpeggiator phrase, and in the fifth track I just used the velocity strikes and got the knocks. But all these are the same instrument. 3. Now Two Quarks Used a second instrument (Quark 2N) and played a fifth above, again just one note. Added a few more sound effects
(the iZotope DDLY on Quark 2 and Crystallizer on Quark).