Collision Theory

Collision Theory - Ivory Smith and KT Niehoff, Photo taken by Hayley Young

Pho­to tak­en by Hay­ley Young

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.

Lingo - Photo taken by Hayley Young

Pho­to tak­en by Hay­ley Young

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.


too” 2009 — Amy O’Neal and Ellie Sandstrom

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

Pho­to tak­en by Tim Summers

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.