Boomkat Product Review:
For On And On, John Hudak set about translating a guitar performance back and forth between audio and midi, simplifying and transforming the sounds in so doing. The outcome is a single, lengthy composition that sounds quite unlike a guitar, but nevertheless retains the sonorities of a string instrument, although they now take a very different, slightly alien form. This minimalist, seventy-minute piece doesn't exhibit much in the way of conventional narrative progression, but instead runs through the various harmonic permutations made possible by such a process. Here's how the man himself explains it: "When I hear a sound, I think of what the sound represents; but I also think of what it might sound like reduced to the basics of rhythm, melody, and texture. To create "On And On," I recorded myself strumming a guitar for a long time. I converted the strumming audio to midi information (a collection of numbers that hold the basic pitch information along with duration and volume). The computer had to simplify the strumming, and in this simplification, left me with a melody ... a succession of number information that I used to trigger the pitches of an instrument much like a dulcimer."
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