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Park, Joo Won: PS Quartet No. 1 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    PS Quartet No. 1
  • Subtitle: 
    for game controllers and computers
  • Composer: 
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    6
  • Year of composition: 
    2017
  • First performance (year): 
    2017
  • First performance (venue): 
    Wayne State University in Detroit, MI
  • First performance (performers): 
    EMEWS (Electronic Music Ensemble of Wayne State): Sean Monaghan, Laura Apolloni, James VanRysseghem, Joey McLennan, and Charles Moore conducted by Joo Won Park
  • Publisher: 
  • Conductor: 
    Obligatory
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    PS Quartet No.1 is a piece for Sony DualShock 4 Controllers and computer. All sound and graphics were created with SuperCollider. This piece is written for small to large laptop ensembles. It has been performed by three different groups, proving that sharing repertoire among different electronic ensembles is possible.

  • Technical specs: 

    Demo, codes, and instruction videos are available at joowonpark.net/psquartet1.

    Hardware
    4 X Playstation 4 Dualshock Game Controller
    4 X Computers running SuperCollider ( http://supercollider.github.io/download )
    4 X Audio Cables to connect the computer's audio output to the speakers
    4 X Speakers (or to the house mixer if)
    Each part can be performed by multiple performers if more hardware is available

    Syncing PS4 controller to the computer via Bluetooth
    1. Turn the computer’s Bluetooth on. Open Bluetooth preference
    2. Hold PS+Share Buttons in the Dualshock Game Controller for few seconds until the
    light starts to blink
    3. The controller will appear as Wireless Controller in the Bluetooth Preference.
    4. Click Pair

    Some computers are hard to connect via Bluetooth. If this is the case, connect the controller
    with a USB cable.

    Connecting PS4 controller to the computer via USB
    1. Turn off the computer’s Bluetooth to avoid a possible confusion
    2. The controller should be automatically paired with the computer whenever it is on

    Software Setup
    1. Download the SuperCollider codes from joowonpark.net/psquartet1
    2. Turn on the controller before opening SuperCollider
    3. Open SuperCollider
    4A. Each performer opens one of the following files according to his/her part
    PSQ1-Soprano-Bluetooth.scd
    PSQ1-Alto-Bluetooth.scd
    PSQ1-Tenor-Bluetooth.scd
    PSQ1-Bass-Bluetooth.scd
    4B. If the performer is connected via USB, use one of the following files
    PSQ1-Soprano-USB.scd
    PSQ1-Alto-USB.scd
    PSQ1-Tenor-USB.scd
    PSQ1-Bass-USB.scd
    5. Go to Menu->Language->Evaluate File. The screen will become black and the patch
    is ready to start.
    6. To quit or stop, press command+. (period) or an equivalent shortcut of Stop in
    Menu->Language

    Performance Instructions
    Instrument
    Each performer controls two synthesizers that sound like plucking strings. L1, L2, and L
    joystick controls the lower string, and R1, R2, R joystick controls the upper string.
    Computer Display
    The computer screen will display a synchronized animation for the audience. Face the
    screen of the computer to the audience.
    Cues
    One of the performer or a conductor gives a cue for the quartet. The cueing is notated
    on top staff line of each system. The duration of each section is up to the conductor
    within the range given above the rehearsal letter.
    Notation
    Note that each part is notated with playstation buttons and traditional notations
    • Press trackpad once to begin or stop piece.
    • L2 and R2 controls tempo of each string instrument. Pressing it all the way down will
    stop the string. Crescendo and decrescendo symbols are

 

Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
23
Musicians1st player2nd player
Flute
1
Oboe
2
Clarinet
2
Saxophone
2
Bassoon
2
Trumpet
2
Trombone
2
MusiciansInstruments
Non standard
4

Sony DualShock 4 Controllers and computer. This piece can be performed by anyone with a PlayStation controller and a computer.

PerformersElectronicsVisuals
AudioVisuals
4
4-channel electronics
Musicians1st player2nd player
Double Bass
2

 

 

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