Singing Sand

Tadej Droljc (SI)

Singing Sand was inspired by the sonic potential of abstract 3-D computer graphics. It explores how various particle fluctuations, tensions or shape morphing sound, the internal rhythms they create and how that in turn affects our perception of the visuals.

Grains of sand resembling visual particles are sonified by mapping their individual velocities to various parameters of individual grains inside a custom-made granular synthesizer. Velocities also determine the color of the particles, which together create a spectrum of colors and sounds.

Singing Sand / Tadej Droljc (SI), Credit: Magdalena Sick-Leitner

The aim of the piece was to explore how such audiovisual material could function in a free audiovisual paradigm and how to meaningfully force it onto the grid of harmony and metric rhythm. In the latter case the material created liquid grooves on top of dub-tech influenced fixed rhythmic elements, as well as ever-changing spectral swirls that emerged from cross-breeding an original noisy and non-stable sound source with a pitch-based material.


Singing Sand represents a part of my PhD composition portfolio

Special Thanks:
Dr Alex Harker and Prof. Pierre Alexandre Tremblay (PhD mentors), Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM), University of Huddersfield (Dennis Smalley scholarship in electroacoustic music), Ministry of Culture Slovenia (Scholarship for post graduate studies abroad)

Gregor Zemljič