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Digital Modification for the Creation of New Hybrid Soundscapes
by Ken Gregory <<<<<<>>>>>>> Cheap Meat Dreams and Acorns

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Digital Modification for the Creation of New Hybrid Soundscapes
by Ken Gregory <<<<<<>>>>>>> Cheap Meat Dreams and Acorns

Western Canadian prairie soundscape recordings take on new meaning with the introduction of foreign elements and digitally modified sound samples.


To collect and analyze sound samples using known methods and using current sonic digital modification technology build hybrid and enhanced soundscapes.


Using tried and true data recording methods, sound samples are collected at a rural site near Beausajour Manitoba at different intervals and sites during the day of August 25 2001.


Robust and healthy sounding cuts are selected and short listed for further analysis. Samples were chosen that showed a high level of articulation , low back ground noise, low wind noise and dynamic frequency and amplitude range.

sample modifications for soundscape enhancement and listening improvement

Samples are digitally analyzed and modified at the micro level by introducing sound samples from a known sound effects library. The original sound samples are processed using acclaimed digital noise reduction algorithms to further improve sound quality.


Mutations, artifacts and anomalies in the form of over modulated frequencies in the 4000 Hz to 7000 Hz spectrum appear but are deemed favorable and desirable to the development of a 'new' soundscape future.


Five hybrid soundscapes were created totaling seven minutes and three seconds of quality enhanced listening enjoyment. Research shows that repeated listenings are necessary to realize the positive effects of digitally modified hybrid techniques on soundscape enviroments.

Ken Gregory <<<<<<>>>>>>> Cheap Meat Dreams and Acorns

Ken Gregory is an audio artist who is interested in the inside/out of sound in all its various forms. Gregory creates works with sound like visual artists use paint, photography, and video, often using the tools of the common sound recording studio to create imaginative and expressive soundscapes, radio transmissions and audio recordings. Any sound is part of Gregorys pallet and using cut and paste techniques, random juxtapositions, and careful manipulations he crafts unique and provocative art works. These sound works are presented in the form of gallery installations, live performances, live radio broadcasts, custom computer software and audio compact discs.

Gregory is currently exploring the use of Basic Stamps microprocessors, Basic programing and micro electronics for use in the making and producing of new artworks.

Gregory has done extensive performance and installation in Winnipeg, other parts of Canada and has participated in many international media and sound arts festivals. In addition he has performed at many clubs, music and art festivals and has done extensive work as a sound engineer, composer, and audio designer for independent film, performance, media and video.

A short list of Gregorys presentations among others include:

- 12 Motor Bells, computer controlled interactive audio installation at; Interaccess Media Arts Centre, Toronto, May 19 - June 9 2001, Neutral Ground Regina Feb 3 - March 3 2001

- acceleration + position = Dream: Divination by Oscillation, live electronic audio performance at Sound Symposium in St. John's Newfoundland, July 2000

- under the influence of ether, radio transmission/installation at; Muu Media Festival, Helsinki Finland October 1996, Electronic Arts Festival Western Front Vancouver April 1996.

- Decree 1: A Dire Warning of Eternal Retribution, autonomous sound performance software and installation, 3rd Festival of Computed Arts, Maribor Slovenia October 4-10 1997.

- germ originally Monstrous caused, audio installation at the Sixth International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA95) in Montreal September 17 to 24 1995.