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Galah : didjeridu & MIDI keyboard controlling audio software

by Ron Nagorcka (1997)

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Performance by Robert Williams, Ron Nagorcka from the CD Devils of the night

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Devils of the night / Ron Nagorcka, Robert Williams.

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Galah : didjeridu & MIDI keyboard controlling audio software / by Ron Nagorcka.

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Work Overview

The piece uses electronic "instruments" which I constructed from recordings of galahs. This includes short segments of galah song which have been "looped" to produce sustained notes. These are played on a MIDI keyboard which controls audio software. These "instruments" are tuned to a 24 note/octave just intonation scale of my own invention. The samples used by the software are available as .wav files which can be obtained from the AMC. A separate sample is provided for each note, so that each note is correctly tuned. This means the piece can be played using any available audio software.

Work Details

Year: 1997

Instrumentation: Didjeridu, MIDI keyboard controlling audio software. Requires amplification.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.

First performance: by Rob Williams, Ron Nagorcka — 23 Aug 97. Darebin Town Hall, Darebin, Victoria

In order to know what this piece sounds like, it is necessary to listen to a recording, as it is written in a 24 tone/octave scale and the score does not make harmonic sense if read normally in equal temperament

The sounds produced by the sampler are all derived using sampling techniques from recordings of galahs.

Performances of this work

Feb 99: featuring Ron Nagorcka, Rob Williams.

23 Aug 97: Darebin Town Hall, Darebin, Victoria. Featuring Rob Williams, Ron Nagorcka.

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