Avoidance Strategies

by Robin Parmar

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The "no input mixing desk" is a soundboard with outputs wired to inputs, thus creating a feedback loop. The No Input Software Environment (NISE) is a creation of the artist that brings this process inside the computer. Here, virtual circuits provide the only sonic material. Resonant filters create chaotic attractors, dynamic compression boosts the noise floor, frequency equalisation tailors timbre and delay lines disperse frequency concentrations over time. As this emergent system evolves, tiny changes to the control parameters produce divergent results. This cybernetic system challenges the naive belief in the digital domain as a site of perfect representation and replication.

The music on Avoidance Strategies is generated entirely from feedback loops within a custom software system. Each evolving sound ecosystem was played live as an improvisation between man and machine. The resulting complexity belies the fact that no overdubs, editing or post-production was applied. Fans of noise, drone and ambiant musics will all find something here to enjoy.

"West of the Solar Spectrum" was recorded live at Just Listening 2011. An edit of this track may be found on the compilation CD of that event, available from Farpoint Recordings.


released May 8, 2013



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Robin Parmar Limerick, Ireland

Robin Parmar is an electroacoustic composer, improviser, and sound artist based in Ireland. His pieces have been played in Canada, United States, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, England, Germany, and Sweden.

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