Synth programming, field recording, circuit bending...
——TONAL THEORY (Abstract)——
The name Scriptones consists of 'scripton', as it is
used in ergodic literature and cybertext theory, and the word 'tones' which
refers to the tonal qualities or characters of sounds. Music is defined
as a string of sounds: strings as they exist in the music and strings as
they are perceived by the listener. In the music itself, the strings exist
as textones. To the listener, however, they appear as scriptones. A scriptone
is an unbroken sequence and combination of one or more textones as they
are projected by the music.
A good example from literature to illustrate this is
Raymond Queneau's Cent
Mille Milliards de Poèmes, a set of 10 sonnets that consist of 140 textons,
which in turn can be combined into 'one hundred thousand billion' scriptons.
Similar to textons in cybertext and ergodic literature, 'textones' in music
are like a database (pitch, length, portamento or the silent interval between
sounds), whereas scriptones are meaningful units that can be joined up to
make musical structures (notes, melodies, rhythmic patterns or whole parts
of a musical form).
Such musical structures, however, are never a complete
form without interaction and the process of traversal perception. Thus scriptones
are not readily available; they unfold in time, are brought forth by musification
and unfold their meaning through playful exploration and interpretation. — Stan Eberlein —
Listen to Scriptones
(V.A.) Variations for Commune Disc Vol. 1
Remix compilation album featuring collaborations/tracks by Bergbahn, Legofriendly, Scriptones ("Wombat Subflow"), Montage, Sand For Dayz, Aktion Directe, Die Kosmisch Loops and Fundamentalista!
(V.A.) Test Tone Anthology
A three-disc anthology
of live recordings that mark Test Tone's 50th Anniversary, featuring artists as diverse
as Damo Suzuki, Tenniscoats, Samm Bennett, OWKMJ, Christophe Charles, L?K?O, Muddy World
and many more. Listen to the Scriptones preview track here:
(Online) Into Infinity
An art and music exhibition built on audio loops and circular canvases that are available online to the public for sharing, remixing, and resubmission. Among the participating artists are Andrew Peckler, DJ Kensei, Tsujiko Noriko, Riow Arai, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Scriptones and many more.
(V.A.) Spray Volume
|01| Scriptones, Bergbahn – Magic
Silva & Scriptones || canawa
(full track 2'52" with 4.0 Mb)
Canawa is an Andean grain. It can be turned into agua de canawa (canawa juice) and is consumed by people living at the high altitudes of the Andes for its beneficial effects on the human metabolism. On this track, which was composed, recorded and mastered within 24 hours back in 2007, the retro-styled Roland MC-303 meets the Access Virus b, an advanced simulated analog synthesizer.