Sound Studies Klangarchiv

Masterstudiengang am UdK Berlin Career College

Maximilian Marcoll – „Quince: new kinds of modular music editing“

Sound Studies Lecture am 21. Januar 2013

quince introduces a new working paradigm that is independent from traditional technologies as the tape recorder and the mixing desk. In the course of the talk, M.Marcoll will explain the basic aesthetical concepts that lead to the development of quince and will present the design and the possibilities of his software.

  • creative use of software
  • old and new paradigms
  • what is quince?
  • the structure of quince
  • technical details
  • hands on: use case examples
  • diy: extending quince

quince is a program for editing time based data on the mac. Although quince was developed to serve musical purposes, theoretically, not only audio but video and every other time based data type can be edited in quince. Generally speaking, the main application for quince is the creation and editing of sequences of events in time.

The biggest difference between quince and the standard daw is that quince does not operate in the ‚tape recorder vs mixing desk‘-paradigm. In quince there are no channels in which audio data is arranged, and since there are no channels, there also is no need for a mixer to mix them. Instead, quince presents it’s contents in display strips which can contain arbitrary numbers of layers of data of any kind.

It’s flexible plug-in based structure allows for quince to be used in a great variety of applications from complex hierarchical event operations to graphical csound score editing to the translation into standard musical notation. furthermore, the api for creating custom quince plug-ins is kept small and powerfull, so that developing your own plug-ins for quince is pretty straight forward.

Maximilian Marcoll (*1981) studierte Schlagzeug, instrumentale und elektronische Komposition in Lübeck und Essen, lebt in Berlin. In seiner Werkreihe „Compounds“ (seit 2008) beschäftigt er sich mit der Transkription konkreter, meist aus dem persönlichen Alltag stammender Klänge und der Verbindung von Klangverläufen zu einem stückunabhängigen Material-Netzwerk. Teil der kompositorischen Arbeit ist auch die Entwicklung von Software, 2010 erfolgte die Veröffentlichung des Editors „quince“. Marcoll ist Mitglied der Künstlergruppe stock11. Er lehrt in Düsseldorf und Berlin.

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