materials and parameters used in
creation of these voice and text-based pieces, plus their structural
background information and documentation of all of the
digital synthesis and signal processing techniques used, with numerous
sound examples and spectrograms, in a format
suitable for classes and advanced study. The overview summary surveys
the techniques used in this type of work with numerous examples drawn
from works by the composer, along with
explanations of the techniques themselves.
web version of the
research topics does not include the sound examples that are on this
DVD (approximately 7
hours of audio material).
DVD-ROM now includes an HTML5 Audio
option where the soundfiles are embedded on the same page when using
the Mac Safari browser only.
See also: DVD-ROM #1, Granular
Synthesis and Granulation (including Riverrun and The Shaman Ascending) and DVD-ROM
#2, Soundscape Composition. Note: these
files may be interfaced to the Handbook.
What the reviewers say:
"The analyses of
the compositions provide a thorough and cogent
exhibition of Mr. Truax’s compositional process and include a wealth of
supporting documentation including program notes, a structural
overview, accompanying spectrograms with temporal references,
description of source materials, production notes, reviews, and
references. These sections of the second DVD-ROM are priceless
snapshots of the composer’s creative and technological prowess."
M. Simoni & K. Fosdick, Computer
Music Journal, 34(2), 2010, pp. 96-98.