Master's Thesis

Distort Them as You Please: The Sonic Artifacts of Compositional Transformation (Ghost in the MP3)

Master's Thesis

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"moDernisT" was created by salvaging the sounds lost to mp3 compression from the song "Tom's Diner", famously used as one of the main controls in the listening tests to develop the MP3 encoding algorithm. Here we find the form of the song intact, but the details are just remnants of the original, scrambled artifacts hinting at what once was. This thesis discusses a series of compositions created over the past year that combine the use of external data with intuitive aesthetic decisions.