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Sound Composition
Pulse Radio II – Homage to Nicolas Collins
Samson Young

September 2, 2013

Video documentation of the Sound composition
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Sound composition for one performer with heart rate sensor, duration 22’30”.

The basic mechanism is as follows: a wireless heart rate sensor transmit Samson Youngs pulses into the computer, which are turned into “play-head triggers” of a sound file of Claude Debussy’s Arabesque No. 1. With this framework in place he improvised with the play-head position, recorded the deconstructed piano classic in real time, and then overlaid and re-arranged them into a sound composition.

Samson Young’s (*1979, Hong Kong) is a composer, sound artist and media artist. Young received training in computer music and composition at Princeton University under the supervision of computer music pioneer Paul Lansky. He is currently an assistant professor in sonic art and physical computing at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, principle investigator at the Laboratory for Ubiquitous Musical Expression (L.U.M.E), and artistic director of experimental sound advocacy organization Contemporary Musiking.

Additional support: Lukas Amacher and Lobsang Tashi Sotrug

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Pulse Radio II – Homage to Nicolas Collins (Debussy’s Arabesque No. 1)» Samson Young
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