prozesshansl: Live Sound Processing Projects

Projects that use electronic sound processing on acoustic instruments to fragment, distend and otherwise transform their sounds, creating an alien world of bizarre textures and polyrhythmic machinations. Dark, sometimes brooding ensemble passages mix and mingle with extended solo cadenzas, creating layers of intensity, at times unsettling, frantic and anti-sentimental. The acoustic sounds are in turn electronically captured, and processed into radically contrastive and fascinating noises emanating from Hans Tammen’s interactive software.

Intended to portray live sound processing as an instrument rather than a row of effects, the software was originally developed 15 years ago for the Endangered Guitar project, which received a Fellowship from the New York Foundation of the Arts (NYFA) in the category Digital/Electronic Arts in 2009.

Endangered Guitar

The original live sound processing project is the Endangered Guitar, a hybrid interactive guitar/software instrument in development since 2000. Sounds of the guitar are processed in realtime, pitch and various other parameters of the actual playing serve as control source of the processing.