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Science and Cocktails 2015

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Performed November 2015 at Science and Cocktails in Copenhagen (vimeo.com/141845796).

This started out as an experiment in developing new spectral transformations between pairs of sounds. One of the ideas was to Fourier transform loops of equal length, and slowly morph amplitude and phase independently. This yielded interesting results on selected pairs of sounds, but was completely useless on others. The whole thing was eventually discarded and replaced with a transformation that sounded interesting for almost all input: convolving loops with themselves. This self-convolution can be intuitively be described as multiplying every frequency component of a sound with itself, or 'squaring' the sound.

The approach was then: selected loops were resampled to have the same length, convolved with themselves, resulting in weird 'smeared' sounds. Human voices were vaguely recognizable as human, melodies were removed. Rhythms would generate new rhythms. Production quality and sound would be largely retained, which suggested picking loops from the same time period and genre to give a consistent sound.


released November 23, 2017




schmid Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen-based electronic music composer Jakob Schmid combines the harmonies and aesthetics of 70s and 80s new age music with deep basslines and beats of contemporary UK electronic music. The result is both melancholic and energetic.

Schmid composed the music for multi-award-winning rhythm video game '140'.
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