Is this something similar to Max MSP ?
Yeah it is in the direction of those software environments but it is a very special one. I’ve been studying it for about eight years now.
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Perhaps, do you know Holly Herndon?
I’m familiar with the name.
She’s a lecturer at Stanford University and due it is close to Silicon Valley, these type of software companies there want her to try things here and there.
This is a very small company. It first started in 1990. It is one of the oldest system, actually. It has a very long legacy. It is vey special because of that. They certainly don’t give systems away to anyone (laughs) because they cannot afford it (more laughs)
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I do understand you need some kind of hardware too.
Yeah, it’s an expert system. It is an investment. For many years I’ve learned I need to develop my own tools. That’s quite a normal path for composers to become a bit technologist also. This system was created by a computer scientist who was also a harpist and played in orchestras – someone who really understands music very deeply, connected with sound in extended ways.
This is not a mixing tool.
No, not many people have even heard of it.
Do you use it as a composer?
I’ve personally tried other programs like Max MSP and all the other stuff many composers use it but I stick to this one, nuanced and specialized.
What are you work with currently?
Sound design, almost completely in Kyma, I’m composing a new piece of music to be performed during 2019.
Could you please explain a bit how that performance will look like?
I will finish it composing it spatially, and it will be performed on a similar system.
Where do you plan to begin the shows?
I will play around Scandinavia this fall. I am happy that moved to Scandinavia, it’s not about Copenhagen but you move around Stockholm, Helsinki, Oslo. These cities are more prominent in my life now as a composer.
Text: Victor Moreno