Vocal Instant Composition

Loop-Copy-Mutate: Get Involved

_D3S5028Loop-Copy-Mutate is both a performance and research project that explores the boundaries of vocal and electronic instant composition, opening up the experience to audiences as a large-scale collaborative experiment. The focus of the project is on engaging the public in the Genetic Choir approach of ‘vocal instant composition’ using the sounds of the city as inspiration.

The Loop-Copy-Mutate experiment is open for anyone to get involved.

Would you like to contribute sounds to our online database? We invite people from all over the world to enrich our Freesound database with sounds taken from their own surroundings. The choir sources its sounds from this database for live performances, so the public is involved in shaping the compositions.

One way to gather sounds is to host a soundwalk in your community. We offer suggestions on how to organize a soundwalk and the process of sound gathering in this document.

Are you tech savvy? We offer open-source software that allows you to experience how we engaged audiences in manipulating sounds through two software programs developed by our collaborators Robert van Heumen and Stelios Manousakis.

Loop/Copy/Mutate: Sample Station: Groups of four users at a time can manipulate recorded sounds using gamepad controls, imitating the process of creating a live composition with a small group of musicians which is then recorded. You can find and download the software with instructions on GitHub (for SuperCollider users).

Software design & programming: Robert van Heumen | http://west28.nl

Loop/Copy/Mutate: I am Legion: A user can contribute a vocal sound through a microphone, and the closest match is produced from a database of collected sounds from our Amsterdam Central soundwalks, with sound analysis software created in SuperCollider. You can find and download the software with instructions here.

Software concepts, design & programming: Stelios Manousakis | http://modularbrains.net
Project idea and direction: Thomas Johannsen

The development of this software was additionally supported by Stichting Modulus.