Welcome to portfolio submission of Jonathan Carter.
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Portfolio of Works
Hear Me Rohr, a reactive sound-art installation Fall 2016
Hear me Rohr is a reactive sound-art installation designed to be exhibited in public spaces with the potential for manipulation of a sound element. It was originally constructed as a part of the fall, 2016 street art festival in Fürstenfeld, Austria. Over 40 pipes are bound together in four groups of 10 and in their vertical arrangements form an abstract sculpture reminiscent of brutalist architecture and industrial design. Inside each of the pipes is an equal number of custom designed circuit/loudspeaker combinations. These speakers produce clicks at varying rates which are then tuned to the resonating frequency of each individual pipe. Additionally, light sensors adjust the speed of the clicking where more light equals faster clicking and less light, slower. The result is that for every time of day, the sounds made by the pipes are different. Not only can the position of the sun effect the light sensor but also participants can cover up the holes of the pipes to reduce the amount of light. They can also shine a light into the pipe to speed up the clicking. The overall effect is subtle yet pointed, natural yet artificial, and interestingly intricate.
Freeze,Swell, Crack , clarinet and electronics Summer 2016
Freeze, Swell, Crack Mov. I
Ceasium-137, live electronic performance with self-made instruments 2015
Zombie I & II, video and sound design Winter 2014
Zombie I Last Man on Earth
Zombie II The Walk
Stepping, cello and tape with video Spring 2014
Two screens, one larger and one smaller, are used to display two separate videos with the Cello player seated in between the two. The Cello should be placed approximately two meters in front of the larger screen and approximately one meter behind the smaller screen. The height of the smaller screen should not exceed the height of the cello’s bridge when the player is seated. Ideally, the larger screen is created by means of projection while the smaller by a television. The tape portion requires stereo output and is attached to the larger project video which means that the system playing the larger video will need to output to the speakers. The smaller video contains no sound although some elements of the tape are linked to it. The Cello is amplified.
Echo Etudes, mov. IV piano and electronics Spring 2013
The Echo Etudes for solo piano and live electronics require two performers, one pianist and another to run the electronic portion. The electronic setup requires stereo output facing the audience in a traditional manner with a single microphone input directed into the opened piano, set up in traditional performance fashion. The audio interface is to be connected to a computer able to run the latest version of the software “max/msp runtime” and maintain the capacity for mouse/keyboard input. If possible, the speakers should be set behind the piano so that the pianist can reasonably hear any sound coming through. During rehearsal/sound-check, ensure that the playback material is played at a level comparable to the live piano. The idea is to create a bit of confusion as to who is playing in certain areas of the piece.