Omaggio a Berberian
Omaggio a Berberian is a musical reconstruction of
Luciano Berio's vocal-based tape works, Thema: Omaggio a Joyce and Visage.
The piece aims to reassemble the Berio works using feature-matched feedback loops,
while maintaining a similar conceptual structure to Thema: Omaggio a Joyce
at the phrase level. Through a series of feedback-looped transformations,
spoken words are morphed into pitched syncopations and abstract soundscapes.
The restructuring is intended to present the tape manipulations in a new light,
stripped of their immediately recognizable nature by obscuring their inherent
gestures and emphasizing their tonal and timbral qualities. The audio processes
are executed in Max/MSP using Michael Casey's Soundspotter~ software, a
feature-based musical sequence retrieval system. A feedback loop consisting of two soundspotters
and an input excitation track generates the newly rearranged music.