Sunday, July 29, 2018

Diatonis Paintings (part 2)


Some of my paintings done over the years.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstract_expressionism
Abstract expressionism is a post–World War II art movement in American painting, developed in New York in the 1940s. It was the first specifically American movement to achieve international influence and put New York City at the center of the western art world, a role formerly filled by Paris. Although the term abstract expressionism was first applied to American art in 1946 by the art critic Robert Coates, it had been first used in Germany in 1919 in the magazine Der Sturm, regarding German Expressionism. In the United States, Alfred Barr was the first to use this term in 1929 in relation to works by Wassily Kandinsky. Technically, an important predecessor is surrealism, with its emphasis on spontaneous, automatic, or subconscious creation. Jackson Pollock's dripping paint onto a canvas laid on the floor is a technique that has its roots in the work of AndrĂ© Masson, Max Ernst, and David Alfaro Siqueiros.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Obsidian Volume 6 - Ninth Emanation (NEW)


https://diatonis.bandcamp.com/album/obsidian-volume-6-ninth-emanation

1. Abyss Chamber
2. Dharma Dogma
3. Da'atu
4. Obscure Remembrance
5. Ninth Emanation
6. The Uninvited

released June 22, 2018


Friday, May 25, 2018

Aurora


You can find this song on "The Convolving Universe":
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/diatonis11
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-convolving-universe/id279903938
1. Elements of Light
2. Lunar Dream
3. Corona Restitution
4. Perhelion
5. Daath
6. Aphelion
7. Aurora
8. Corona
9. Ninth Emanation
10. Cepheid
11. Typhonian
12. Heaven

DVD-Video Version (NTSC Stereo)
https://gumroad.com/l/tIMPs

The entire album was an experiment recorded in early 1999 sometime using SAWPro (a digital audio editor). The album was release as a CD-r in 2000 and then finally on CD in 2003. The album was created using a process called Convolution, which is a digital signal processing algorithm where the spectral information from one sound (the impulse) is multiplied together with spectral information of another sound (the sound source). Both the impulse and the source sounds can be minutes long and produce some of the most interesting sounds imaginable. I started by playing a simple 4 to 8 note phrase using single and multi-voiced choir samples. I then recorded the resulting phrase into another sampling keyboard and then played it one would a normal piano. I only could play a few notes in each octave or it would start to sound very chaotic. I then convolved these resulting loops with a variety of other sounds (impulses),  and finally mixed these to create the songs. I also used a vocoder in many of the tracks as well as samples of my own voice. As I mentioned before this album was really just an experiment.

I first heard about convolution after reading about it in the manual of my Emu Emax II sampler. It had a convolution function in it that allowed you to convolve for example a single piano note sample with a single string sample. It took forever to render a single sound. I created some really interesting sounds while using vocal samples with 2 or 3 notes. Sometime in 1998 I created a convolution plugin based on Angelo Farina's convolution plugin for SAWPlus (a digital audio workstation). It took forever and crashed all the time, but it allowed me to convolve using long impluse files. Some songs took over 16 tracks where one track would take anywhere from 1 to 3 days to render. I never thought I would put it on an album. The convolution process creates some pretty heavy overtones that made it very difficult to control the sound. This was on of the most difficult albums to master. On the other hand, I delighted at the random element and textures it produced.

Recorded in 1999 released in 2003