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Virus

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ka-klick

 Genre: Experimental

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Roughly 9 min. piece written in 1989 for a CalArts graduate composers concert, was only performed that one night. It was originally written for MIDI sequence, 2 live performers and a Macintosh SE running HyperAnimator software. The sequences that use the "string" sounds at the beginning and end are from the original work, the middle section was completely re-worked with more modern sounds. I re-did the computer part using current OSX text to speech. Keep in mind that this was written in 1989 when the whole public awareness of viruses was first beginning. Back then there actually were Mac viruses and a couple classics are mentioned here (nVirs and SCORES). Probably the most involved project I've posted. I drafted my wife to reprise her role (she was in the original) and I did the other human, which was originally a housemate.
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Lyrics
Too complicated to list. Just go with the flow. Warning there is an "s" word or 5 in the middle section, therefore the "explicit" label.
Song Stats
Hits: 4703
Comments: 10
Fans: 4
Plays: 253
Downloads: 176
Votes: 18
Uploaded: Aug 19, 2004 - 03:16:55 PM
Last Updated: Aug 21, 2004 - 04:52:15 PM Last Played: Jul 26, 2019 - 07:44:01 AM
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Hardware:
17" iMac G4 800, Fender Telecaster, Cheap Condenser Mic, Mackie 1202, Behringer Composer compressor, iMic.
Software:
GB, Mac OSX TTS engine, Text Edit, Audacity, Wiretap, Performer, Composer, MacDraw (original score) HyperCard, HyperAnimator
Comments
_nderscore said 5477 days ago (August 19th, 2004)
call symantec!
really love how it kicked in. lots of content. didn't like
the 'human' conversations as much as the others
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ka-klick said 5477 days ago (August 19th, 2004)
call symantec!
Thanks. That human thing seems to be a theme at the moment. The 3
"actors" in this are sort of "user", "mac" and "techie" (back then I think we
called 'em "power users".

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said 5477 days ago (August 19th, 2004)
Enjoyable
Nice interplay of elements. Some parts were a little loud.
Really gave me the feel of being in a virus-struck
computer. Odd that I should find the digital voices more
compelling than the human voices. I guess the computer
had more entertaining lines. The piece is quite long. I
linke the "just stay calm" part at the end. Very reassuring,
like Hal from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
ka-klick said 5477 days ago (August 19th, 2004)
Enjoyable
Thanks, yeah, I did have a lot of fun with the computer's lines (especially
when the "infection" is going on). That may well be the reason. The length
was I think originally part of what I had to do, I think it was required to be ~
10 minutes. Hopefully it doesn't make people want to run off before it's over.

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Beauty should be edible, or not at all.
-- Dali
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Ringo said 5477 days ago (August 19th, 2004)
Stephen Hawking gets FUNKY
and does a bit of Shakespeare too. Was that Twelfth Night
in there..? Agree with Rschletty about the Hal thing. Hey
you know that HAL was subliminal advertising for IBM
(next letter in the alphabet to IBM is HAL)? Apparently the
guy who wrote windows NT was the same guy that wrote
the VAX VMS system and the next letters in the alphabet
to VMS are WNT...Probably not true but great if you are
getting geeky over that 10th beer.....

Hmmm ok nerdy stuff over. Quite a piece all round. Very
Sci Fi and I'm a sucker for anything with gadgets in it..

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ka-klick said 5477 days ago (August 19th, 2004)
Stephen Hawking gets FUNKY
At the time I was very intrigued by the idea of having the computer do a part
in a piece about a virus. It was fun and laborious (at least back in '89).

I've heard the IBM/Hal VMS/WNT stories before. Probably while getting geeky
over that 10th beer!

Yes, it was Twelfth Night iirc. As well as Airplane and a few other pop-culture
ref's.

Glad you liked it.

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Beauty should be edible, or not at all.
-- Dali
Check out my latest song called Big Bad World - Live 1-16-2009 plus - MJRF
Cameron said 5477 days ago (August 19th, 2004)
art piece
Nice pacing in the first section -- I like the slow build-up
of intensity with the various voices, computerized and
otherwise, til the drum-groove kicks in. Then the
computer freaks!

This piece would be great in conjunction with some sort
of animation and abstract images projected on a screen. It
fairly screams "multi-media event"!!

The middle and later section began to lose my attention
just a bit. (This is when visuals would have been very
helpful, in a performance situation.)

But in a way, the slower pace of the latter part of the song
DID fit in well with the concept of a computer wrestling
with a virus.

You created a subtle and interesting "ethereal" quality in
this work, which is actually growing on me now, a few
moments after listening to it!

I definitely appreciate the time, effort and creativity that
went into this piece.
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handovergold said 5476 days ago (August 20th, 2004)
sound-escape-artist
I really wish the text was there--but I ALWAYS want that (no demerits, of course!). This piece I found very engaging. I would've chosen to transistorize the human voice, too, though. Have you ever heard Skinny Puppy's First Aid? Sort of in the neighborhood--re: viruses (and aids particularly). You would probably like some of their tracks if you haven't already checked 'em out b4. "Stay calm...it's really not a big deal...." the text voice gives such a soma-infused performance! (BNW-A. Huxley) 9788!
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packosmokes said 5467 days ago (August 29th, 2004)
Tasty!
And downloaded!
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crustibooga said 5318 days ago (January 26th, 2005)
SciFiTastic! Excellent!!!
Love this... love this loads... I like experimentation. "Just
stay calm, it will be ok..." All reminds me of Johnny
Darklighter compositions, so very cool.
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Name: Bryan Baker
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Experimental music is any music that challenges the commonly accepted notions of what music is. There is an overlap with avant-garde music. John Cage was a pioneer in experimental music and defined and gave credibility to the form. As with other edge

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