We are constantly surrounded by little bits of designed sound. From a cell phone’s keyboard clicks on touch screens to synthesized engine noises in electric vehicles, synthesized sounds have reached a new commonality and—in cases such as these—replaced real world sounds. If a synthesized sound reaches the ubiquity and recognizability of that of a real world sound, does it, in turn, become a “real world sound”?

Composed at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and premiered at my senior recital.

Painting is "The Plough and the Song" (1947) by Arshile Gorky, whose visual studio art has served as an inspiration for my own sonic studio art.

Light refracted by slow moving water, gleaming or diffusing into nothing.

A subtle clash between the naturally-occuring overtones and artificially-synthesized sonorities.

[standalone excerpt]

Performed by John Kirchenbauer, Delaney Meyers, Daniel Orsen, and Aliya Ultan in the Clonick Recording Studio in Oberlin, Ohio, USA.

Photograph is Pacific Ocean, Iwate, 1986 by Hiroshi Sugimoto.

 

Recent Compositions and Patches

most of these can be found on SoundCloud, but feel free to contact me for unlisted pieces or uncompressed files 

Name

Rock Biter

The Scattering

Adrift [excerpt]

Fusion9

I Belong to My Beloved

Contiguous

Permeance

Interlude 2

Decomposition Potential

Mulcher

Phantasms

Imbrue

Divertimento

Now We Are Here

Interlude 1

Suffuse

Herd of Elephants

Transition Study

Elastic Distortions

Untitled

3k

Year

2016

2016

2016

2014/2016

2016

2016

2015

2015

2015

2015

2014

2014

2014

2014

2014

2014

2013

2013

2013

2012

2011

Duration

2.5

6.5

5.5

10

23

5

1.5

4.5

4

4

9.5

12.5

1

10

4.5

7.5

3.5

4.5

4

Medium and Notes

Acousmatic miniature

Acousmatic composition

String Quartet

Acousmatic composition

Acousmatic composition for dance

Acousmatic composition

Modular patch

Acousmatic miniature with performed diffusion (16.1 channel)

Acousmatic composition with performed diffusion (16.1 channel)

Modular patch (Permeance prototype)

Bassoon and playback

Acousmatic composition with performed diffusion (16.1 channel)

Acousmatic composition

Acousmatic composition in two sections for dance

Acousmatic miniature with performed diffusion (16.1 channel)

Ambient composition for junior recital

Acousmatic composition (8 channel)

Acousmatic composition

Acousmatic composition in the style of tape music

Synthesized acousmatic composition

Acousmatic composition (4 channel)

© 2019 by Matt Omahan

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