ACERemix: A Tool for Glitch Music Production and Performance

Stuart Cunningham, Jonathan Weinel, Darryl Griffiths

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In this paper we discuss the use of a recently developed audio compression approach: Audio Compression Exploiting Repetition (ACER) as a compositional tool for glitch composition and remixing. ACER functions by repeating similar sections of audio where they occur in a file and discarding the repetitive data. Thresholds for similarity can be defined using this approach, allowing for various degrees of (dis)similarity between materials identified as 'repetitive'. Through our initial subjective evaluation of ACER, we unexpectedly discovered that the compression method produced musically interesting results on some materials with higher levels of compression. Whilst listeners demonstrate this level of loss of fidelity to be unacceptable for the purposes of compression, it shows potential as a performance or production tool. When applied to pop songs the predicable form of the music was disrupted, introducing moments of novelty, while retaining the songs quantized rhythmic structure. In this paper we propose the use of ACER as a suitable method for producing sonic materials for 'glitch' composition. We present the use of ACER for this purpose with regards to a variety of materials that may be suitable for glitch or electroacoustic composition and using ACER in several different ways to process and reproduce musical audio.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAM '14 Proceedings of the 9th Audio Mostly: A Conference on Interaction With Sound
Place of PublicationUnited States
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-3032-9
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event9th Audio Mostly: A Conference on Interaction With Sound - Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 1 Oct 20143 Oct 2014


Conference9th Audio Mostly


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