The Home Planet, by Samuel Pellman

The Home Planet

a composition of digital sounds
in two channels

duration - 14'30" 
Here is a 72 second audio clip:
mp3 File (1136K)
or a 44 second audio clip from later in the piece:
mp3 File (696K)


The Home Planet  consists almost exclusively of environmental sounds that were recorded within a short distance of my home. As with many of the classic concrète works of the 1950's, the listener can often identify familiar sounds (for instance, of birds singing at dawn, the bells of a nearby church, telephone touch-tones, lambs and chickens on a friend's farm, an auctioneer, a toy train whistle, a passing truck, children's voices, a brook in a nearby woods, etc.). These familiar sounds are, in effect, "themes" and are subjected to an enormous range of transformation by such classical techniques as speed transposition, reversal, multiple-delay, and filtering, as well as more recent techniques, such as granulation, time stretching, and vocoding. Perhaps this digital musique concrète  can provide a sense of the musicality that can be heard in the sounds of a summer day in upstate New York.


In The Home Planet, a Kurzweil K2500RS was used for playback of many of the sampled sounds. Most of the sounds, however, were recorded and processed using an arsenal of digital audio software, including Arboretum's Hyperprism, Tom Erbe's SoundHack, Bias's PEAK, Digidesign's Pro Tools, Macromedia's Deck, and Opcode's Studio Vision Pro. A Macintosh G3 was the heart of the studio setup. Mixing was done on a Yamaha DMP9-16, and the mixdown deck for the piece was a Panasonic SV3700 DAT recorder.

Biographical information about the composer can be found here. 
The Home Planet  is published by the Continental Music Press.
copyright 1999 Samuel Pellman. All Rights Reserved. 

To obtain performance materials or for further information, contact: