wind jammer (in-progress)


Wind Jammer was the name given to the largest ships of sail with steel hulls which sailed primarily in the 19th and early 20th century.  The name was derived from the sound that the wind made passing through the rigging of these massive ships. It seemed an appropriate title for a vibraphone and computer piece.



A variety of algorithmic techniques were used to generate the pitch and rhythmic material for the vibraphone including braiding/plaiting techniques, probability tables, and stochastic methods.  Rhythms were generated using the jtol tools developed with Olivier Pasquet. The computer’s main role in the work is to replace the motor of the vibraphone, but also improve upon it.  Using both simple and sophisticated signal processing techniques, the motor is reimagined as a device that can control each valve in the resonators individually for independent pitch specific tremolo control.