Douglas Geers
Soft and Sky Melting

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Title Soft and Sky Melting
Genre: computer-generated sounds  
(optional video)                  
Duration: 11.5 minutes
Score: N/A
Audio: MP3 of complete work HERE

Soft and Sky Melting is a meditation upon the beauties and sorrows of modern urban living. Several of the sounds in the piece are derived from samples of instruments playing my music, and a few are taken from an old recording of my grandfather that I made in high school. The intial samples were analyzed and processed to create families of related sounds. The result was to create sounds which were synthetic but which contain a residue of "realness" from the original samples. These new sound families were then recombined to form the textures and gestures of the piece.

The music for Soft and Sky Melting was written at the Columbia University Computer Music Center in Autumn, 1996. R. Luke DuBois and I created synchonized digital video "accompaniment" for this piece and these may be played together as one composite multimedia work.

If you would like to know more about the methods used to compose this piece, please email Doug Geers