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  Sylvain Poitras    

email sylvain.trombone@gmail.com 
url http://www.sylvainpoitras.com  
aboutA philosopher by training (BA and MA) he is particularly interested in language, thought and art. Trombonist with various ensembles, he has played twice at the Ottawa Jazz Festival. His recent musical explorations lead him towards experimental and electronic music. Founding member of Kino Outaouais, he produced some thirty short films. Recently, he explores the world of comics and computer programming at the Université du Québec en Outaouais. Left to himself, he watches Star Trek and writes poetry.  

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1 Where we're at 2017
stream track Friends (old and new)
It's a little one take wonder playing with a couple sequences in Numerology controlling a Moog Mother-32 and a Commodore 64. I'm sequencing the drums on the fly using my version of Mutable instruments' Grids sequencer running as a Pure Data external on the Organelle.
2 One Minute
stream track the longing for repetition
All sounds are derived from a 10-second bass clarinet phrase sample
that can be downloaded freely from the London Philharmonic's website.
The sample was played back at various playback rates, forward and
backward, through various envelopes using the Samplewiz sampler on my
comment 19.05.2012: Rick Walker (www.youtube.com/looppool)
  Beautiful and evocative chamber music for the new millenium.

I'd love to know how you made it (improvisation? composed? multi-tracked? live looped?

Really nice, Sylvain!
comment 19.05.2012: Sylvain Poitras (www.sylvainpoitras.com)
  Thanks Rick,
This was recorded in one take with all looping and effects done in samplewiz. No further editing or effects except for copy and pasting the beginning at the end to bring closure to the piece.

I approach samplewiz as a livelooper... If you're in "note hold" mode, every note on the keyboard becomes like a track on a multitrack looper (each with a different playback rate). For this piece, I used the forward and backwards loop settings, so things get go sound a bit different. Add some delay and mess with the envelope and it should sound nice. Once you have a good bed of asynchronous loops, you can exit "note hold" n'y tapping rather than swiping the control box (this keeps the held notes). I then changed the settings around and played over the loops without "overdubbing".

Samplewiz is quite powerful... You can also change the loop start and end points in between notes to add variety.
3 One Minute
stream track Twice through the looking glass
I used the same bass clarinet sample as for my first contribution (the longing for repetition), but this time I went at it from a few different angles.

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