One Thousand Oscillators

(electronics)

One Thousand Oscillators was composed over a six month period and finished in the winter of 2011/2012 while I was living in Waltham. The piece started out as an LFO (low frequency oscillator) experiment and exercise but it ended as one of my most challenging projects.

Every sound in this piece was in some way processed by an LFO.

All available parameters were explored: volume, frequency, pulse width, ring modulation, and even some additive synthesis techniques made it in there towards the end. On several occasions throughout this piece, I stacked several LFOs: first by processing a sound source with an LFO, I then took the resulting material and routed that within yet another new, independent, and free-running LFO which at this point was on top of the unprocessed original. I went as far as three generations deep with these oscillators. At that point, I had to turn back. I could go no further.

In total, there are over 1,000 LFOs in this piece. Best of luck to those who wish to count them all…

Note: In order to truly experience the LFO interplay in this piece, it would be best to listen with a good pair of headphones (wide range frequency response) or if you have an accurate monitoring environment, near-field studio monitors with at least 5 inch woofers (6.5 inches would be ideal).

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