Michael Gatt's Dripsody analysis

Analyst's name: 
Michael Gatt
Year of analysis: 
2011
Composition title: 
Dripsody

This is a graphical representation of Hugh Le Caine's Dripsody. It was created using the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM) program the Acousmographe. I have tried to segment the piece into sections and highlight key sound motifs. Below you will find a PDF of the representation and the Acousmographe session file if anyone would like to make changes or use it as a template.

As stated previously the representation was created using the Acousmographe. The aim of the representation was to show how the individual transposed drop sounds interrelated. Since the piece is composed with just one sound source I did not feel it was necessary to show the spectromorphological aspects of each of them.

Listening to the piece it can be quite hard to differentiate individual sounds at normal speed especially in the third movement of the piece (indicated by the green section in the representation), so I had to slow down the playback to a quarter of the normal speed to tell apart the individual sounds. I used the in built sonogram within the Acousmographe to help distinguish between individual droplets.

Although pitch does play a big part in Dripsody I didn't focus on this entirely within the representation. The objects do relate to the frequency spectrum, but only the fundamental. I did consider the possibility of removing the y axis on the diagram to have more freedom to space out the objects for ease of reading.

The colours of shapes were considered, but weren't used to show timbre or spectrum. Rather I used the colours to group individual drops that repeated through different movements. I thought this would be useful as I found it hard, specifically in the third movement (indicated by the green section in the representation), to differentiate between individual droplets.