The Ear Dictates

I have mic’d my clarinet to go to my Mac where the signal is processed by a Max/MSP program and then output to my Behringer amp. The final sound can resemble a clarinet or not at all. But how I go about improvising changes based on the sound I hear from the speaker. I react quite differently to how I play the clarinet when I don’t hear clarinet but something else with a different attack, timbre etc. It is quite remarkable. If I could get the resulting sound to change every 10 seconds, for example, I would play differently for each change. I am playing a clarinet but I’m not hearing a clarinet and my instincts go with what I hear not what my fingers say.

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American composer of music.
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