[ISEA95] Artist Statement: Mara Helmuth — Mellipse

Artist Statement

Concert

This work is concerned with transformations between timbre and pitch. Five sound masses are transformed primarily by an elliptical filter. The sound masses were created by sampling a spoon hitting a pot lid. This source sound was stretched, reversed and transposed and then layered to produce the sound masses. Other Cmix processing involved room simulation and flanging to create a sensation of a slow pulsing timbre. This work perhaps reflects the Buddhist and Taoist ideas of a connection between the one, the “self” and the many manifestations in the world.

  • Mara Helmuth (USA)┬áis a computer music composer teaching at Texas A&M University. She received her DMA in composition from Columbia University in 1994. She is presently an Assistant Professor in the Music Program, Texas A&M University, teaching electronic/ computer music and technology. She has previously been affiliated with the music departments of New York University, Columbia University and the University of Illinois.