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Devine also coded a couple FFT apps in Supercollider, an environment and programming language for real-time audio synthesis. I was drawn by Supercolliders sound quality and efficiency. And I made these sound bridge morphing modules and stuff in it, he says. Its interesting, because youre doing things to sound that just arent physically possible.
Reaktor, Absynth and MAX/MSP
As with MAX/MSP, you can build objects that will link together, explains Devine. The sound quality of Reaktor is excellent and the environment is very intuitive. I have been using their software since it first began as Generator. The company has evolved nicely and has created some of the most impressive sound applications to date.
I was amazed at the sound variety and I quickly discovered that computer synthesis was going to play an important role in my music, reflects Devine.
Lately Devine has been experimenting with composing music using algorithmic-based sequencers. I was doing quite a bit of this with MAX/MSP, but soon discovered other interesting avenues, says Devine. The first was a neat little app called Symbolic Composer. Symbolic Composer is a complete music language that covers all aspects of music composition.
It was one of the first systems that I encountered that explored the art of algorithmic composing interactively. The system functions are selected from hierarchical menus and pasted on the editor, so its a completely different approach to musical composition, and an exciting one. Its like composing music from ones DNA structure. says Devine.
Softstep is yet another app that gives you algorithmic composing tools of all kinds, including fractal, chaos, probability and numerical based algorithms, he adds. But you can achieve similar results with a simple Mac application called Soundhack.
Convulse, Mutate And Morph
He also just finished up two pieces that were commissioned for this years SonicActs Festival. They are his first compositions in 12.1 surround sound, with horizontal and vertical stereo fields. He also has a new album coming out called Asect:Dsect which will be released by Schematic Records. Devine also plans to put out a new 5.1 DVD release this year, to as he puts it push my sound explorations further.