Timmer is a study in possible connections between generative processes and improvisation, realized as a chance-operated playback machine written in SuperCollider – a platform for audio synthesis and algorithmic composition. The scores build upon the motifs and structures of the original improvisations, by highlighting and distorting timbres and temporality. The bass is prepared with objects and custom feedback-based electronics, which creates a hybrid instrument, effectively blurring the line between the acoustic and the digital.
The album is available on timmer.fi, and presents seven double bass improvisations which has been extended into the listening moment, through a mosaic of algorithms and intuition. Phrases, onsets, and interstices has been collected, cut up, shuffled by design and by chance, dressed in new timbres and regenerated in 65536 unique versions.
The sonic outcome is quite cerebral, often methodical yet arresting. The dark, deep and often resonant tones of the bass become elastic and fluid, always surprising with their unpredictable timbral qualities and rich, almost infinite sonic range.
Eyal Hareuveni, Salt Peanuts, on Timmer