say that 3 times fast...
Click me to upload some audio!
"Performing and listening to a gradual musical process resembles: pulling back a swing, releasing it, and observing it gradually come to rest; turning over an hour glass and watching the sand slowly run through the bottom; placing your feet in the sand by the ocean's edge and watching, feeling, and listening to the waves gradually bury them." - Steve ReichYou can call this phase music, or Frippertronics, take your pick :P.
"What we are hearing are two identical tape loops playing at the same time. There's one in the left ear and one in the right. But one of those loops is running ever so slightly faster than the other. The difference is so small you don't even notice it at first, but after a while it amounts to a phase shift between the two loops that keeps growing bigger and bigger as time goes by. First it sounds like there's an echo. Then the echo transforms into a repeating effect, and then it builds into a series of strange combinations of sounds as different parts of the sample overlap with others. At the halfway point the loops start to approach each other again, and we go back through repetition and echo to unison." - Tero Parviainen
Upload an audio file. We will use it to fashion two tape loops playing at different speeds (the extent of the difference being controlled by the phase slider). The greater the phase, the more out-of-sync the audio channels will get. Use the start parameter to set where in the audio your tape loop should begin, and the loop parameter to to set the loop's length (how long the audio should play until it restarts). Note that the settings are applied once you click the play button, rather than taking effect as you change them.
WARNING: if you have a weak computer make sure your files are of a reasonable size (like under 20MB), as the whole file will be read into memory.
If you don't have any audio files on hand but want to play around anyways feel free to select one of these sample files: