A Door Into Spring

Posted 26 April 2009, 07:07


A rhapsody in distressed metal.

Duration: 9:14

Background & Technical Details

I made a recording just under seven seconds long of the sound made by the spring inside my dishwasher door when it’s opened and closed. Then I slowed it down to a bit over nine minutes in duration and played it back in six layers, each at a different pitch. The layers are staggered low to high, making it a canon. Besides being time-stretched and pitch-shifted, the sampled sound has also been filtered, compressed, and reverbed, all in a few lines of Csound code. No other sounds, sampled or otherwise, were added.

(For the sake of completeness, I recorded the sample as a stereo 96K/24-bit WAV file using my Zoom H4 recorder. Then I used Audacity to trim it and convert it to mono before using the sample in Csound.)


MP3 (21MB, 320kpbs, 44.1/16)
FLAC (24MB, 359kpbs, 44.1/16)
Original sample and Csound orchestra/score (2MB)

Copyright 2009 by Dave Seidel, some rights reserved.
Creative Commons License
A Door Into Spring by Dave Seidel is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License.


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