Crayonada’s Hat

My most recent composition, written for Max/MSP and Ableton Live. The audio samples I utilized were actually the individual tracks from a previous composition of mine, called Crayonada (hence the title).  However, to add an initial extra bit of aural flavor, I applied a series of individual effects (which involved the convolving, filtering, and transforming of each sample) to each track to morph them into something that, while still relatively similar to the original composition, were also very different.

My instrument of choice was the eMotion Technologies’ Twist sensor suite (and, of course, my hat). While the Twist offered a myriad of different data streams that I could use as CC messages, I was also able to remap and reshape those same data streams into triggers, which allowed me to achieve an exponentially more interesting performance and musical result. I had several different data streams mapped to effects processing parameters, panning, and volume. I then triggered a specific sequence of events that controlled which track(s) were being heard. Whichever track was triggered also switched the panning controls to that specific track, to make it more apparent which track I had just turned on. Following the sequenced triggering, I then randomly triggered the state of each track to being either on, off, or partly on.

This is by far one of my most complicated pieces to date, both in terms of my Max/MSP programming and data-mapping/sound processing within Ableton.

Best heard whilst wearing headphones. Apologies for the periodic choppiness of the video…my computer was doing quite a bit of processing :)

Masters Recital

This is the performance of my masters thesis.  Here are the performance notes:

The Bridge – A three-movement electronic music suite
I. Pop
II. Academic
III. The Bridge
Nathan Asman – Composer, Performer, Programmer

*Taken from the program notes of the concert*

“The Bridge” is the musical culmination of my M.M. degree in Intermedia Music Technology at the University of Oregon. It is a three-movement suite comprised of original music that I have composed over the last several months. The Bridge to which the title refers is the musical bridge that I have tried to create between the styles of popular electronic music and academic electronic music. There is a vast disparity between these two musical styles, and myself being an advocate for both, I wanted to show, in musical terms, that the two styles do not have to be mutually exclusive.

To realize my musical vision, I utilized the seemingly endless creative capabilities of Ableton live, Kyma, and Max/MSP. I wrote the material for the first movement using Ableton Live. I then took two samples from within that movement and brought them into Kyma, where, using my APC40 and Kyma, I transformed them into an array of different sounds and ideas that make up the second movement. To create the third movement, I took 40 different audio samples from the previous two movements, and then reshaped and recontextualized them to create new sonic ideas. To achieve the live performance I will be utilizing my Monome (an exceptionally adaptable minimalist musical interface) as my sole controller. Within my computer I will be using Ableton Live to play and arrange the music, and Max/MSP to program, route, and map the data that is being received from my Monome.

As the title suggests, the first movement is the “popular” style, the second is the “academic” style, and the third is a fusion of both, or rather “The Bridge.” Each movement also highlights a different aspect of electronic musical performance. The first highlights the mapping of an interface/controller (in this case, my Monome) to specific notes and/or sounds, thereby turning the Monome into an actual musical instrument. The second movement highlights the Monome being used as an effects modulator, and the third movement highlights the Monome being used as a sampler, looper, and sequencer. It is my sincerest hope that this piece help practitioners of both musical styles understand one another, and that even though the styles be vastly different, we (electronic musicians) are all drawing from more or less the same musical palette.

This performance was recorded during the Future Music Oregon concert on April 28th, 2012 at the University of Oregon’s School of Music and Dance.

Final Project for SensorMusik

This is a piece I wrote as the final project for my SensorMusik class (fall term, 2012).  I am using a 3-axis accelerometer, connected to an Arduino Uno, which is being run by my custom Arduino software in conjunction with a custom Max/MSP patch that I wrote for this project.  The custom software is then connected to Ableton Live, where I created the sounds and ultimately performed the piece.

The Beat, Live @ FMO (Future Music Oregon) Recital


A performance of my original music, at a Future Music Oregon recital on March 10th, 2012.  I reorganized the piece in order to accommodate the addition of Jon Bellona, who is utilizing the Microsoft Kinect and his custom software interface, and Jeremy Schropp, who is playing live keys.  Working with Bellona, I also wrote a custom Max/MSP patch to interface the Kinect with Ableton Live.  In addition, I am utilizing my custom software interface for my Monome, which I wrote in Max/MSP and have been developing over the past few years.