So I’m having too much fun with this and I have to share – I just revisited my “noisemakers” folder and found some ooolld software and remembered how completely fun it was Coagula, the “Industrial Strength Color-Note Organ.”
It’s basically a Windows Paint that when you’re done makes wacky sounds. It’s buckets of fun and actually generates some interesting things; I’m seriously going to the output as raw materials for some electronic projects also.
Listen to the file below and just scan the image left to right and you’ll have a good sense of how it works.
Download Coagula here (PC Only, as far as I know)
Sound crazy? It’s actually peaceful and meditative – check out some sample scores from their first collection:
(the Burnell one gave me a real “a-ha!” moment – it’s structured so cleverly, in terms of audiation and also visually)
It’s sort of, oddly, an inverse of Cage’s 4′ 33″ – the “music” in Cage’s piece is created by the sounds around you. With closet music, the “music” is created only inside you.
They have a call for scores – it closed last week, but if you ask nicely and have some good ideas…
How cool to receive a shout-out from the creator of my some of favorite improv exercises! Jeffrey Agrell, author of Improv Games for One: A Very Voncise Collection of Musical Games for One Classical Musician, linked to recent post of mine on an improv session with David Elkin-Ginetti.
(This book’s suggestion to practice your scales in irregular rhythms has been a staple of my warm-up routine for a couple of months now – I’ve been doing all major and minor scales and arpeggios in 5/4)
I’ve been a reader of Agrell’s blog, Improv Insights, for a while – it’s really motivating to hear from a music educator who is so passionate about the power of improvisation and creativity – check it out!
(I love the internet!)