Hans Tutschku

Firmament-schlaflos


english: firmament - sleepless

16-channel electroacoustic composition
year: 2010
duration: 20.25 min
studio: Harvard University
dedicated to Omar Alvarez
first performance: July 29, 2010 , Festival Inventionen, Elisabethkirche, Berlin
published on CD Firmament, DVD 30 Jahre Inventionen

voice: Sarah Sun


A universe of sound is surrounding us ‘from within.’ It’s composed of our dreams, fears and longings. It only exists within our body, our own imagination. We want to share it; but there are no words, no possible descriptions. We are sitting on a meadow on a warm night, alone, watching the stars. Nobody is disturbing our thoughts. Nobody is limiting our space. We don’t have to rush anywhere; we have time to let go and to follow these sounding creatures…
It’s not a nightmare; it’s just the interplay of our imagination.


 

 

 

The audio files are available as mono files (48 kHz, 24 bit)
The 16 loudspeakers are mounted in two rings of 8 speakers each.
The lower ring receives channels 1-8 and should be approximately at ear height.
The upper ring receives channels 9-16 and should have a smaller diameter to approximate a dome shape with the lower ring.
Refer to this picture for channel assignments
16ch-speaker
To download the individual channels, right-click each link and “save as”

 

Firmament-schlaflos_48kHz_24bit_01-16-1.aiff
Firmament-schlaflos_48kHz_24bit_01-16-2.aiff
Firmament-schlaflos_48kHz_24bit_01-16-3.aiff
Firmament-schlaflos_48kHz_24bit_01-16-4.aiff
Firmament-schlaflos_48kHz_24bit_01-16-5.aiff
Firmament-schlaflos_48kHz_24bit_01-16-6.aiff
Firmament-schlaflos_48kHz_24bit_01-16-7.aiff
Firmament-schlaflos_48kHz_24bit_01-16-8.aiff
Firmament-schlaflos_48kHz_24bit_01-16-9.aiff
Firmament-schlaflos_48kHz_24bit_01-16-10.aiff
Firmament-schlaflos_48kHz_24bit_01-16-11.aiff
Firmament-schlaflos_48kHz_24bit_01-16-12.aiff
Firmament-schlaflos_48kHz_24bit_01-16-13.aiff
Firmament-schlaflos_48kHz_24bit_01-16-14.aiff
Firmament-schlaflos_48kHz_24bit_01-16-15.aiff
Firmament-schlaflos_48kHz_24bit_01-16-16.aiff

 

 

These are 8-channel versions of the original 16-channel composition.
Whenever possible the performance of the 16-channel version is preferred.
The 8-channel mix exists in two formats: pairwise and double-diamond speaker set-up.
double-diamond speaker set-up:

Firmament-schlaflos-44kHz-24bit-8ch-mix-01(Left).aif
Firmament-schlaflos-44kHz-24bit-8ch-mix-02(Right).aif
Firmament-schlaflos-44kHz-24bit-8ch-mix-03(Center).aif
Firmament-schlaflos-44kHz-24bit-8ch-mix-04(LeftSurround).aif
Firmament-schlaflos-44kHz-24bit-8ch-mix-05(RightSurround).aif
Firmament-schlaflos-44kHz-24bit-8ch-mix-06(CenterSurround).aif
Firmament-schlaflos-44kHz-24bit-8ch-mix-07(SideLeft).aif
Firmament-schlaflos-44kHz-24bit-8ch-mix-08(SideRight).aif

 

Pairwise speaker set-up:

8ch-speaker

Firmament-schlaflos-44kHz-24bit-8ch-mix-01.aif
Firmament-schlaflos-44kHz-24bit-8ch-mix-02.aif
Firmament-schlaflos-44kHz-24bit-8ch-mix-03.aif
Firmament-schlaflos-44kHz-24bit-8ch-mix-04.aif
Firmament-schlaflos-44kHz-24bit-8ch-mix-05.aif
Firmament-schlaflos-44kHz-24bit-8ch-mix-06.aif
Firmament-schlaflos-44kHz-24bit-8ch-mix-07.aif
Firmament-schlaflos-44kHz-24bit-8ch-mix-08.aif

 

 

BEAST loudspeaker orchestra at the first performance

BEAST Firmament 2010-07-29_15-09-31

 

BEAST Firmament 2010-07-29_15-07-01

 

 overall form

firmament-schlaflos-form

 

Max/MSP patch for sound spatialization with physical models

firmament-schlaflos-Max-PMDP_spat

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