Assigned 12 Sept 07
Your first project will be an introduction to working with sound - recording, editing, exploring presenting.
Our focus will be situated in an aural investigation of space, time, and physicality (or perspective).
We will be thinking about location loosely -- in fact your location might be changin (a route), stationary (a point), or diffuse (a region).
In choosing your "location", think about the atmospheric, cultural and historical elements of that place. What do you do there? How does it feel to be there? How do you interact with the place? These are things you might want to bring to your piece.
Physicality and Perspective
How do you move through this place? Are you still? Do you move with purpose or do meander? How do you want the listener to move through this place -- all at once? Little by little? What is the viewer's physical relationship with the sounds we hear? What is the perspective?
Is it a linear or non-linear experience? Is it narrative or abstract? How does it begin and end?
Ask yourself why you're interest in this specific location? Is it a contemplative or chaotic space, or something in between? What are the emotive elements? How do you feel being there? What is your objective in recreating this location in sound, or what is it that interests you?
Cinematic, Narrative, Abstract, Linear, Non-Linear, Space, Mapping
Steps to success:
1. Choose a "location" (i.e. route, region or point) in which to make a recording. This will be a kind of audio record of that place. Hone in on as many individual sounds as possible, as well as the overall "tone" of the environment. Move around if you need to. "Zoom in" and "Zoom out". Get the microphone close to things or move it away. Think ambience -- what is the ambient or "average" sound of this place? Consider "activating" the sound space -- think rubbing, scraping, striking,
2. Import and edit your audio
3. Review, add effects, spatialize the audio
4. Export and prepare your project for presentation. Listen to it in the critique space.
5. Map it!
6. Prepare your ideas for class discussion and present your work.
01 Oct. 2007