" creating thematically coherent sound worlds for each and every composition is crucial to sustaining immersion. "

Landmark of Overdues (2019)

With specious, cordial lips,
trumpeting this truth as you may,
basking in sunken treasure ~ greetings ~ of
"I needed you",
some lost wanderer you claim you knew
earns a place in your line of fishes,
an oriental relic from the now glorified landmark of overdues.

DSP Original Poem Setting: This composition features techniques of spectral audio signal processing, granular synthesis, and string resonators to convey the poem's morphing metaphors. Click here to listen to the full composition.

 

VOCAL & SPECTRAL PROCESSING TECHNIQUES

Engulf (2019)

I wish you would hold me
long enough to grow hungry,
'til your love becomes eternal
and swallows me to nothing.

DSP Original Poem Setting - This composition exploits the use of FFTs, the phase vocoder, convolution, and a variety of other digital signal processing tools to process readings of the poem.

Presented at the SEAMUS 2020 National Conference (Concert 4) on behalf of the University of Virginia

 

SOUND SYNTHESIS TECHNIQUES

CsoundQT Note-List Composition (2019) - A showcase of audio synthesis techniques made possible in Csound.

Ambient Composition (2018) - A demonstration of original soft-synth patches using Native Instruments' Komplete.

Modular Soundscape (2018) - All sounds were generated from the MakeNoise Shared System.

 

AUDIO SAMPLING TECHNIQUES

Soundbyte Composition (2019) - All sounds created and heard were processed from a soundbyte, one recorded reading of the spoken word, "flight", heard at the beginning of the piece. There were no drums, pads, leads, synth samples used. The resulting sounds are a result of sampling techniques and phase vocoder manipulation.

Electronic Soundscape (2019) - All sounds were derived from only 9 short samples: mouth harp, bell, glass tone, goat hoof rattle, gong, bowed trashcan lid, bowed cymbal, cowbell, garbage can rolling.

Musique Concrète Soundscape (2018) - A demonstration of creative splicing techniques and audio collage-work.

Electronic Symphonic Musical Analogies to Poetry (2019) - A demonstration of blending electronic and symphonic textures and exploration of new musical styles.

CONTACT

alisonbernicema@gmail.com

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