Group Improv, based on prompts from chatGPT
Contact microphones were taped onto the students instruments and processed through audio effect chains via Max patches and mixed in logic.
Part of students projects for MTHC 480/780 at University of Kansas
Juan Marulanda - Arepa Grill
The possibility of recycling an old arepa grill has emerged as an unimagined experience. An arepa is a flat round cake made of cornmeal that is found in Colombia and Venezuela, where they are frequently eaten with different meals. The object that I have used in this project has a certain sentimental value. On a recent trip to Colombia, I brought an old grill from my mother's house with the intention of making arepas here in Lawrence. However, to my disappointment, just a few weeks after having arrived, the object lost a good part of its functionality due to an involuntary accident in the kitchen. Producing sound through this grill, by transforming it into an amplified idiophone, has been helpful in overcoming my previous disappointment. The initial plan of attaching a handle to hold the instrument while it was struck with a metal beater did not work because the worn and irregular surface of the object did not allow the necessary adhesion. This setback, however, was fortunate because the handle was substantially limiting the already low and barely perceptible vibration of the instrument. The use of the handle was then discarded, and this led me to consider other more subtle modes of sound production using the fingertips, the palm of the hand, or bowing. The effects chain, made up of a formant filter and an MC Bergmál Delay, allows the generation of a wide and varied range of sounds with it.
Snow Kim - Oven pan with stings and earrings
The instrument is an oven pan with stings and earrings. It can be hit, plucked, and rubbed with different equipment. I use Effect chains, including Echo delay, Distortion, and Reverb. Also, with EVOC FB, I could switch the frequency emphasized. I liked this oven pan with a wet and roomy sound when it emphasized low frequency.