When the microSD and the GrandPa wouldn't work together Spangler & I went in another direction. We transposed the structure of "Green Corn" a traditional crooked old-time tune that I learned from Jesse Milnes onto this format. The structure goes AABB with irregular phrasing, you'll hear this repetition play out in both renditions. The first take I tried triggering the dance board using shoes with foam on the bottom to soften the sound of the footwork impacting the floor. The second take I used leather oxfords and you'll be able to hear how that emphasizes the footwork and changes the relationship between the synthesizer and the dance. Below is a video of the original choreography and tune for reference.
I collected and curated sound samples connected to my own embodied archive: the sounds of Thomas Maupin’s buck dancing, the holler of Eileen Carson, and the banjo playing of Dwight Diller. I loaded these sound samples onto a MicroSD card where we planned to manipulate them through the customized modular synthesizer. However, the grandPA granular sampler and my files did not get along. We are still in the process of troubleshooting why this didn't work. However, the intent is to eventually compose a piece with the soundweb dance board utilizing sounds from my embodied archive.
Below are the directions for grandPa granular sampler, a screenshot of my sound library, and a five sound samples out of the 34 audio samples I edited and curated.
“A Waltz in 4/4” was composed by transposing the rhythm and sequencing of two traditional Appalachian fiddle tunes, a waltz and reel, utilizing flatfooting as the primary instrument leading the composition. This work asks the audience to visualize the soundscape of embodiment as it grapples with the labor of the rhythm. Through a practice of duration and repetition the foot scraps, digs, and pulls shape into sound.