Ron Kuivila - The Beatification of the Facsimile Tone
  Year :   2002
  Location :   England
  Worktype :   Composition
  Materials:   -
  Info :   Sonic Arts 24 Date: 30 April 2002 Time: 19:30 Location: School of Music, University of East Anglia Featuring Ron Kuivila and Jem Finer.

  Work Details  
  Beatification of the facsimile tone is a tuned space possessing a kind of melodic reverberation. Within it, the smallest incidental and environmental sounds elicit sustained responses but repeated sounds quickly wear out their welcome and are ignored . A single sine tone is processed through three comb filters tuned in the ratios 7/8,1/1, and 3/2. (The actual pitches are a concert D and A together with a C one quarter tone flat.) The pitch of the sine tone slowly wanders, creating crescendoing beating patterns whenever it crosses a harmonic of C, D or A. Two other sine tones slowly rise and fall at different pitches derived from the set of pitches to which the comb filters respond. Whenever the instantaneous level and rate of change of their waveforms are within prescribed limits, they trade places. This creates modulation patterns similar to those heard from FAX tones and modems, but with the odd property of being in tune. Yet another sine tone appears and disappears making a simple, irregular rhythmic articulation. Emerging out of this texture are nine statements drawn from the International Personality Profile that one could attribute to a computer. Technology aspires to banality. At the moment of its disappearance, a FAX tone signals you are connected. I imagine this piece as a kind of elegy to physicality.