Hello Worlds feat. Chris Chafe

A piece for Celleto and 8 Channels

Hello Worlds is a piece for celleto live effects in Ableton Live 9.7 using an 8-channel horizontal array. This is my final project for Chris Chafe's 220C class in the Spring 2017 quarter at CCRMA, Stanford.

This piece contains four separate movements. The 1st, 2nd, and 4th involve real-time audio effects processing, the 3rd is composed strictly of samples I took from a previous recording Chris Chafe and I did several months ago(April 2017). The real-time effects movements were designed to give the performer/improvisor interesting environments to play around and get lost in. The celleto has four mono line-level outputs, one per string. I processed these strings separately in all 3 real-time pieces.

Movement 1 contains delays on every channel that are all run through a mono to 8-channel panning matrix/scheme I developed(everything is done within Ableton live). Movement 2 contains multiple amp simulators and static placement of the four distinct strings in a front to back order. Movement 3 contains my mono to 8-channel panning matrix, along with several placements made via fixed edits. Movement 4 places each string in its own quadrant. In the opposite corner, a vinyl sample is gated to the amplitude of that string. On all vinyl samples, there are lowpass filters that have cutoff filter that are controlled by amplitude as well.

The score/instructions for Movements 1, 2, and 4 is as follows:

I. Hello World- Play a long tone on each string.
II. Explore, slowly at first.
III. Lock into environment, create some patterns.
IV. Go crazy, lose control, dig in.
V. Play one or two lyrical lines, leave.

8 Mono files available here

June 8, 2017


Collaborations with Davide Tiso of Ephel Duath

Davide Tiso - Guitars and Noise
Walker Davis - Saxophone

More coming late 2017.

Ephel Duath

May 28, 2017

U.C. Irvine Bachelor of Music Senior Recital

Finally pulled these out of the vaults. Initially, I held off from editing these videos for a while because the high quality recordings Jesse Green had done for me were on a hard drive that fried. After a few years, I felt it was time to finally put them up.

The audio in these videos was taken directly from the microphones on the cameras, I apologize for any clipping or noise you may notice. That being said, hard-panning each audio file created a really nice stereo image that captured the room and energy really nicely.

The program:
Piece 1 - Walker Davis, 2011
House of Jade - Wayne Shorter, 1965
Symmetry - Walker Davis, 2011
Bitches Brew - Miles Davis, 1970
Sampling is the Sincerest Form of Flattery - Walker Davis, 2011
Cygnus… Vismund Cygnus - The Mars Volta, 2005

The musicians:

Walker Davis - Saxophone
Joey Earnest - Saxophone
Jesse Green - Guitar
Paul Jones - Bass
Albert Law - Percussion
Spencer Lere - Drums
Dexter Stevens - Bass Clarinet
Nakul Tiruviluamala - Piano/Keyboard
Jacob Wendt - Percussion

Audio Files available here

April 29, 2011