Pseudo Random Pulse Fight

Stedelijk Museum – Stedelijk Schiphol Lounge
Fedde ten Berge
22 Feb 19:15 — 19:45

During the summer of 2017 at the Dutch island Schiermonnikoog, I doodled a generative algorithm for pseudo random pulse patterns. I was hooked on it for a few days but then the wind came, I took my kite and forgot about it. In the fall of 2017, I finished the Pentacle 15.3 surround system and started working on a live performance. I remembered the pseudo random pulse algorithm and became fascinated by the syncopated patterns that arose. I added generative chord sequences and interwoven them with the pulse patterns. I programmed resonant models for the generation of melodic structures. When I applied the resonances, some unexpected melodies arose; a new, more musical performance arose. I attached midi-controllers and a joystick to make it all more playable and started rehearsing. During my explorations into the material I made certain decisions for moments that are more or less composed. Because of the pseudo randomness of the pulses there is a constant suggestion of drive that is not really there. I am fighting with the instability. A pseudo random pulse fight you could say. Come and listen.’ (F. ten Berge)

Fedde ten Berge. Photo by Cindy Voitus.