Automatic Synthesis

by Daniel Steffey

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All music written using Max/MSP, and various synthesizer modules. The patches would run completely on their own, spitting out control voltage values based on given parameters of controlled randomness. Meant to be listened to as a continuous piece in movements, the variations come with these parameters and the patching of the synthesizer. At no point was the synthesizer, or patch, manipulated by a human once the movement begins (ie. each track signifies a different variation, but the variation stays throughout that track).

'Phase Recognitions' are explorations of gates opening and closing at various speeds, all of which remain constant. Slow changes in rhythm, cause slow changes in timbre.

The duration of six minutes for each movement was an arbitrary one, as all of these pieces are theoretically infinite in length.

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released September 21, 2016

Album art by Samantha Niedzielski

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Daniel Steffey Brooklyn, New York

Daniel Steffey is a composer and percussionist based in New York City. His music focuses on the boundaries of musical systems, both electronic and organic, that are on the verge of collapse. The power in the brittleness of these boundaries, often dictates more than the composer or performers can control, which is very welcomed. ... more

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