Musician and Creative Technologist

Adam Jansch

Vortex

Work • 2006 • Multi-channel acousmatic

"Imagine a particle in a vortex. You are that particle."

Vortex is Adam Jansch's first multi-channel sound work, written for an equidistant ring of eight speakers. It was the third of three pieces submitted for the main portfolio of his Composition (Studio) MMus programme at Goldsmiths College.

The sound world of Vortex was created from a one-take recording of electric guitar loops built up using a Boss DD-6 delay pedal. This was sent through a Max/MSP process in which eight streams of the guitar material had equitemporal delays applied, which linearly ramped down to zero over the course of the piece.

The result of this multi-phasic process, when each stream is sent to an individual speaker, is an intense sonic experience, as the speakers' outputs go in and out of phase, finally fusing and collapsing together in a maelstrom of sound.

  • multi-channel
  • acousmatic
  • Max/MSP
  • guitar
  • delay

Updates [ 6 ]

  • AJ | Works | Vortex | Vortex and Synth Radio at Frome Festival

    Vortex and Synth Radio at Frome Festival

    6 Jun 2010 • Vortex

    2010's Frome Festival will host live electronic music in the form of radiosonic.ltd, a concert oragnised by Adam Jansch which will include his pieces Vortex and Synth Radio. The concert takes place at Christchurch, Frome on Wednesday 14th July.

  • AJ | Works | Vortex | Fylkingen hosts two Jansch multi-channel pieces

    Fylkingen hosts two Jansch multi-channel pieces

    11 Oct 2009 • Vortex

    It is to Sweden and the Fylkingen Institute in Stockholm for the presentation of two Jansch pieces: the classic Vortex and the all new, live electronic Synth Radio. Both pieces air on November 4th alongside works by Monty Adkins, Rose Dodd and Claire M Singer.

  • AJ | Works | Vortex | Jansch's Vortex to play special GEMdays

    Jansch's Vortex to play special GEMdays

    26 Feb 2009 • Vortex

    With the main GEMdays already behind us two special extra concerts have been scheduled on March 5-6th 2009 in order to host composer Barry Truax, visiting from afar. The prelude to his headline concert, on the 5th, will be Adam Jansch's Vortex. This all takes place in the University of Huddersfield's Phipps Hall and is free.

    Concert notes.

  • AJ | Works | Vortex | Goldsmiths Composers Concert features Vortex

    Goldsmiths Composers Concert features Vortex

    5 Aug 2006 • Vortex

    The Goldsmiths Composers Concert will showcase the works of the current crop of Masters composers studying at Goldsmiths College, and will features, amongst others, Adam Jansch's swirling multi-channel Vortex. The concert takes place at The Space on Saturday August 12th.

  • AJ | Works | Vortex | Vortex gets second Goldsmiths EMS Concert outing

    Vortex gets second Goldsmiths EMS Concert outing

    8 Jun 2006 • Vortex

    Vortex, Adam Jansch's multi-channel acousmatic piece, will get its second airing at Goldsmiths, in the EMS Concert on June 15th. The concert will take place in the Great Hall.

  • AJ | Works | Vortex | Jansch to debut new multi-channel piece at Goldsmiths

    Jansch to debut new multi-channel piece at Goldsmiths

    19 Feb 2006 • Vortex

    Adam Jansch will debut a new piece at Goldsmith's EMS Concert running on February 26th in the Great Hall. The piece, Vortex, is Jansch's first to be created for multiple speakers and uses this fact to great effect.