Over the course of a year Ivory Smith worked with Lingo Productions and KT Niehoff to create the score for 8 varied installations, entitled Collision Theory. Installations appeared at locations large and small through the city of Seattle including The City Arts Festival, Baby & Co., The Suyama Space and Oola Distillery . The finale was presented as part of the 2012–2013 season at On the Boards.
Below are a few compositions generated during or inspired by this year long process. In collaboration with Scott Colburn, Ivory Smith and KT Niehoff also produced a 7 song EP and 2 videos.
The Slow Surge of Moonlight was created using 28 vocal samples written and performed by KT Niehoff and Ivory Smith. Each sample consisted of one musical phrase. Ivory used Max MSP to create 4 separate patches that triggered selected groups of samples randomly, in 4 overlapping consistent patterns. The rhythmic patterns are not in sync with one another, which leads the music to connect differently each time a burst of sound is triggered.
Ivory created all the melodic sounds heard in these clips using her voice as a generative tool, so as to explore the variety of tone and textures that could be achieved with this limitation. She is interested in using experimental vocal techniques to create popular music, and it is her hope that these compositions may help to expand listeners’ perspectives concerning the role of voice and sonic manipulation in music.
These clips were presented as part of an evening length score for Amy O’Neal’s dance/film project “too”. The piece premiered at the TBA Festival in Portland, Oregon in September of 2009. The Seattle Premiere was presented live at the Northwest Film Forum in March of 2010.
Daughters of Air
Daughters of Air was a musical-visual fairytale formed with sound, light, costume and sculpture. The music, a collaboration between Ivory Smith and Kelli Frances Corrado, utilized live and pre-recorded sounds: effected vocal scores, songs, live sampling, electronic instruments and percussion, and samples from the Antarctic ocean. Visuals for this performance were generated live with custom software written in the Processing programming language by Joseph Gray. The piece was presented as part of the Northwest New Works Festival at On The Boards in June of 2011.