for live sampling and manipulation. Designed to fit the (my) demand for
an organic tool to deal with improvised audio in real time.
is also the name of my band project playing live with this software. The
personnel for each gig will change, and I'm the only one always in. This
is because I want to try this new software instrument in as many different
settings as possible. Some constellations of personnel might develop further,
one never knows. Right now, I feel it is best not to set the rules before
the game is played.
software was written as part of the piece "Delta" for Choir
and Computer, commissioned from "Midt-Norsk Solistensemble"
and premiered 8th of November 2002. Lyrics for the piece was written by
Marte Huke, based on her book of poems "Delta" (tiden forlag
Written in Csound, ImproSculpt remains one of the most flexible software instruments I've seen or used. But it is a huge beast to control. Currently, there's over 450 parameters to tweak ! And I would have added many more, had I found a way to design the user interface to better reach such a number of knobs instantly and without thinking twice. I'm still building on it, slowly adding modules and refining old ones, but it seems the basic structure have been set.
ImproSculpt in use:
Unllike most other audio software, time is not necessarily linear when working in ImproSculpt. It seems to me you're set in the middle of the audio universe you're designing, rather than outside it looking at it's time line. From this central position you send out different and independent lines of timed or rythmic processes. There's also a controllable amount of randomness build into the processes, as well as some directly and detliled controlled playback routines. Most of the time, the instrument might be able to bring you surprises... bringing in a new musical element. You're never 100% in control, it's more like you push things in a general direction, let it evolve, and then adjust the bits you do not like and refine the bits that already sounds good.
Main feature list:
Here's a screenshot of the ImproSculpt graphical interface
Csound installed on your computer to use ImproSculpt.
on a large selection of platforms: Linux, Windows, Mac, SGI, Unix, Irix,
...uhhm, you name it. There's one official, or "canonical" version
of Csound, and at the same time there's a lot of "developer version".
These are made by programmers developing their own special features for
their own use, and for their own chosen platform. A lot of good development
has been brought forward by these developer versions. Eventually, the
changes makes it into to the canonical version.
is released under GPL
fair chance you will need my help to get it up an running, it is not the
typical "off the shelf" music software. Do not hesitate to ask
me for assistance in getting it to work.
The full download conatins the latest public version of ImproSculpt. The full download also contains additional support files (audio samples etc. that you will need in order to run ImproSculpt.
The "Download update only" is for those who already have downloaded the full version, and only want to get the updated csd file
You will greatly help my programming efforts if you're willing to Donate money. Any amount you find appropriate will help me make new features and stable versions for all platforms.
Work in progress version:
Here's a "work in progress" version. I wanted to share some of my recent additions to ImproSculpt, but have no time to clean up the code and make it run stable on all platforms. Comments and feedback very much welcome, I might be slow in responding if you contact me, be patient. I use it with CsoundAV, and that should work for you too. I recommend a P4 2.4 GHz machine or faster, but you could make it run on slower computers too, provided you don't turn on too many modules simultaneously. Some functions are only accessible via midi, this is specifically the control of drumloop layers 2 and 3, with separate filtering and bbcut beatcutting for each layer.
There's a lot of midi control functions built into this version, undocumented at the time, sorry. Search the code in instr 12 to 15, starting at line 2200.
Here I've only listed functions that has no GUI counterpart, so they're only accessible via midi.
version of ImproSculpt (74 kB)
...and again: Donate
money if you can You can order a custom version of ImproSculpt, tailored specifically
to your needs. Contact me for
pricing and more info.
...and again: Donate money if you can
You can order a custom version of ImproSculpt, tailored specifically to your needs. Contact me for pricing and more info.