Dreamthief Volume 1 – Guitar Processing Using Jitter

Dreamthief is a sound project I have been working on for the past two years, initially inspired by Jean-François Charles‘ article “A Tutorial on Spectral Sound Processing Using Max/MSP and Jitter” in Computer Music Journal. I also looked into Luke Dubois’ example patches on phase vocoding. The project has culminated in the form of a digital album recorded at Studio PASS / Harvestworks in NYC, where I am also a programmer. You can stream it for free in the project link. Every track uses Max in some way way shape or form.

I am a guitarist and was looking for unique ways to process my instrument that went beyond traditional audio effects. It was still very important to me that the timbre of the instrument was maintained and that the overall sound was still recognizable as a guitar. I reworked Charles’ phase vocoding patches (http://www.cycling74.com/share.html – just look for Jean-François Charles) into a standalone and Max for Live Device. The Max For Live Device is also available at maxforlive.com. The patch is then controlled with an Arduino powered guitar pedal so it can be used in a live performance setting. The patch creates a time stretched effect that is worked into my pedal chain using an audio interface and is routed out into a beautiful Fender Twin Reverb amplifier.

Please enjoy the album, and Code Sound Forever!

Guitarist/Artist/Programmer living/working in NYC.

Using Jitter - a Looping/Time Stretching effect is achieved.

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