Mexican-dutch composer Juan Felipe Waller's official homepage. His compositions often reflect a discourse between harmony and texture put through a 'lens of deformation'.
 
Open Lab

This section features the sources and inspirations of my own research within music by comparative means.

In order to illustrate some examples you can listen and compare to some own Deformative Results against the Original Excerpts from which they were inspired.

The orginal excerpts are either music extracts from other music genres or own recordings from what I call sound-specific generators.


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Current experiments

Electronics Influenza
Mexicanisms
Pop Transplants
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Electronics Influenza
In this section, certain aspects from electronic music are applied to acoustic instruments.

1 ) Detone Retune
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Acoustic Rhyrhmic-filtering on metal
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Acoustic Band-filtering on tiles
• Rhythmic-'filtering' on metal using styrofoam
• Acoustic 'band-fltering'  on ceramic tiles


 
2 ) Plato Plastic Dialogues
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Original - electronic improvisation
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Result - acoustic improv on a plastic plate
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Comparative Mix (Left vs Right channel)
Here is a comparison of an improv I did with electronic means, and a purely acoustic improvisation I made on a disposable plastic plate. The direct analogy of the sounds from scraped plastic with some electronic music trends is quite striking.
Listen to the written composition for percussion quartet here


 
3 ) Teguala
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Tile-scratch and hand filtering
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Drumstick filtering
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Needle-scratch filtering
In this examples the effects of equalizers and filters are obtained purely by acoustic means, playing on ceramic tiles

 
4 ) Fenêtres
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Original - piano lower register
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Original - piano mid-register
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Result - Final merge
These orginals are recordings I made on a piano, 
by preparing it with fishing lines and rosin.



 
5 ) Reconnaissances
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Original - Improv on prepared piano
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Result - applied within a piece
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In this example, I prepared the piano simply by taping all the strings with masking tape. A filtering effect is the result, reminiscent to a woodblock on the highest registers and harp sounding on the middle register.

 
 
Mexicanisms
In this section, specific aspects from mexican traditional music and culture are abstracted or enhanced

1 ) El Culto
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Original - Tambora + Mariachi
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Result - 3rd Movement
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2 ) De Jaque, Sal, Gala y Luna
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Original - Pedro Infante
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Result - idiomatic for violin
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Comparative Mix
 
3 ) Calumnia 1
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Original - El Rey
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Result - in brass
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Comparative MIx
 
4 ) Calumnia 2
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Original - Market vendors
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Result - in strings and brass
 
5 ) Calumnia 3
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Original - Street organ
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Result - in Picc, Cb, and Cl.
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Comparative Mix
 
6 ) Fulminata
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Original - Oaxaca Mixé windband
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Result - Dutch wind ensemble
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7 ) Danse Interdit #3
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Original - Tambora
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Result - Picc, Cl, Gt, Perc.
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Comparative Mix
 
 
Pop Transplants
Some excerpts of popular music are either deformed, arranged, or enhanced.

1 ) Felix Kubin
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Original - Groscher Lausangriff
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Result - arrangement for HexNut
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2 ) Marylin Manson
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Original - The Reflecting God
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Result - Ending in Calumnia
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Comparative Mix
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3 ) Felix Kubin 2
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Original - Ich traüme nur in Super8
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Result - arrangement for HexNut
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4 ) Rage Against the Machine
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Original - Bulls on Parade
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Result - in Eyemasking
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Comparative Mix
 
 
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