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September 29, 2007

Pub Sounds

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With my piece I have tried to capture the richness and diversity of sounds that a person is exposed to in a pub. My piece has a narrative aspect in that it guides the listener through the process of visiting an Irish pub instead of placing them immediately into the pub’s sonic atmosphere. This piece is meant to introduce the audience to how sounds have a tendency to blend, but at the same time it shows that we identify single sounds out of a mass. For instance, while many surrounding tones such as talking, laughing and music mix into a constant “room tone?, we still have a tendency to focus on one sound leading to another. Sometimes we may hear a laugh and the next second we hear the clank of a glass. A string of sounds moving in and out of the background “room tone? guides our aural experience of a particular place. The place that I chose to explore is an Irish pub.

The Experience of a Dance Studio

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I had a lot of fun creating this sound project. Dance has been a part of my life since I was three years old so regardless of how much I was into when I started, it has grown to become an extreme passion of mine.
For my project I went to the dance studio and made numerous recordings: in the ballet studio, in the waiting room, up the stairs to another floor of classes, in the tap building and more. All of the recordings I did inside classes were by placing the recorder on the floor and trying to get the experience from the foot level. I went into the ballet room first and while ballet is a very "light" style of dancing and the feet don't give off sound so much as they give off a visual but I found that hearing the music with the instructor and the jumping creates the experience of a ballet practice.
For tap I recorded myself tap dancing on different surfaces and then layered the sounds so that when you hear the exerpt from just myself it still sounds like a classroom of dancers. I had fun playing around with the effects and while it may not be obvious to the listener there were multiple effects done to the original pieces that I put together.
What I think is unique about my project is that through the entire piece there is a background of walking, up stairs, down stairs, in and out of doors and simply in the lobby. I think it really adds to the experience of moving through the dance center.

September 28, 2007

Dorm Sounds

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For this project I tried to create a dorm environment where one roomate comes into the room and causes all this noise and disrupts the other roomate from studying. The noise build up to be so much that the roomate who is trying to study just can't take it anymore.

Daily Life

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Working on this project really opens your ears up to the world. It really makes you start to focus more on the simple easy things in life, such as the sounds of footsteps. I made this clip because of my interest in cars and how they are used on a daily basis. The job of a police officer is a good example of how much we rely on cars. In my eyes, most of their days are spent patrolling in a squad car and reporting to radio transmissions. In this clip I tried to capture the feeling from when the officer first steps into his car all the way until the end of the night when he parks it in the garage.

Critique:
Presenting my project in front of the whole class was a great learning experience. Not only did I get a chance to show my fellow peers my art, but I got some helpful criticism from them. Listening to everyone else’s projects made me realize how poor of a job I really did. I really liked my sound piece going into the presentation day, but as I kept hearing my classmate’s projects I started to dislike mine. My clip made sense to me because I made it, but everyone else had a hard time understanding what was going on. I was even told that it was a good example of how sound can go wrong. I didn’t take this criticism in a bad way; I just took it as a learning experience. I needed to improve my transitions more, have an easier path to follow, and have more people critique my project before hand. On the second project I plan to spend more time on it and make sure I like it. Also, I want to make sure that I have fun!

September 26, 2007

Sweet Dreams

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Are you ever able to remember your dreams? Take a walk through the subconscious...

The focus of my project was a journey through someones dreams. Often filled with the strange and wonderful little parts of your day always manage to find their way into your dreams. I worked with morphing the normal sounds we hear during the day into somewhat of a nightmare. The listerner follows the individual through their dream and experiences both an outdoor and indoor envoiroment.

My Audio critique: 10/07/07

I really enjoyed our first project which required us to be working with sound files. I have never had the opportunity to work with sound files quite to the extent of the recording and editing we did in class. It was interesting to see how everyone’s pieces took their own unique form. For my piece it seemed like the class enjoyed it, but I feel like I could have maybe added more unique flavor to the piece. By this I mean that as was stated in class it was possible for me to take the pop culture characteristics of everyday life a little further, play up the different movie tracks and character voices. I also would have liked to work with the humor aspect of the piece by leaning perhaps a little bit more toward funny then scary, since people really seemed to enjoy the humorous parts of the piece.
The length of my piece seemed to fit the narrative and it didn’t seemed rushed however I could have lengthened it a bit by adding some more detail. Overall I think it turned out nicely.

Journey Through the Club

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If you've never stopped to listen around you while at a club, here's your chance.

I was interested to see if I could somehow recreate the feelings you get from a club's ambiance. One of my focal points was the bass. I was also focused on accurately displaying movement throughout different environments and the changes in sound that occur.

My main challenge in recreating this was my location. Pretty much all I had to work with was my dorm room. So what you're hearing is all created in the place where I sleep, study, and live.

Welcome to my club. Enjoy.

-Chris

Homeaudio

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The audio starts out with a person home alone, doing laundry, sewing, and making themself breakfast. All this is done in a seemingly peaceful and fairly quiet setting, only to be interrupted by the inevitable telemarketers entering the home through the telephone, breaking the peace and upsetting the resident.

Program Sounds

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This is the sound of me writing a small program on my laptop to read a list of numbers, sort them, then write the result back to disk. When I run the program, you can hear what the program is doing. Things don't work quite right the first few tries (they never do) but I eventually get it right.

For those interested, here are some technical details.

The program is sorting a list of 10 numbers using a recursive implementation of the quick sort algorithm. I did in fact write a program to do this and had it output sounds (to a midi file) as it ran. I then later modified the midi file to adjust things like instruments. I actually got everything working correctly first, then went back and added the various bugs that you'll hear me correct. (Getting the sort working correctly was easy. Getting the audio output working right was a little bit more tricky!)

The first time I try to compile, there are build errors, so it fails quickly and I fix those.

The next time I compile, it builds successfully and runs - but it gets stuck in the loop that reads the numbers. You can hear the tap of a drum each time the loop goes around. It's stuck, so I stop the program, fix the problem, and run it again.

It makes it safely through the loop this time and begins to sort the list, but there seems to be a problem with the recursive sorting algorithm - it's never hitting the base case so the program continues deeper and deeper into recursion until it runs out of stack space (memory) and crashes. The problem here is that one of the parameters to my recursive call is off by one, so the same call gets made repeatedly. I fix the program and try again.

This time it makes it through the program. As you can hear, the notes are played in ascending order in the end, so it seems to have sorted the list correctly.

If you want to try to figure out what is actually happening as each sound plays, here's a guide to help you with the sounds:

  • Anything dealing with the values of the numbers, either reading from disk, writing to disk, or swapping them in memory, is done using a piano. The pitch inidicates the value of the number.
  • The low synthy sounds in the beginning and end are the sound disk access, and of memory being allocated and freed.
  • A tap on the drum happens each time a loop executes.
  • Normal calls and all returns are represented with violins.
  • The recursion into the main quick sort algorithm is represented by the long synthy sounds in the middle. As the recursion depth increases, the pitch of the note increases as well. Returns from the recursive call also change pitch depending on the depth of the call.
  • Whenever the base case is hit, a bell is sounded. You'll only hear this the last time through.

[edited to add critique reflections, below]
A couple of issues came up during critique which I hadn't thought much about when I was creating the project. The hum of the computer underlying everything, for instance, wasn't something I thought too much about, it was just necessary to get things to sound normal since it was necessarily there when I recorded the sound of myself typing (and it would have been jolting if the hum just disappeared when I wasn't typing). I also hadn't really thought too much about the loud key press when I tapped the enter key to build the project. Although this did serve as a nice signal to start the "virtual" sounds, I put that in merely because that's really what it does sound like when I finish modifying a program. I was concentrating mostly on making the "real" sounds sound as close to possible to what they're really like.

I'm happy with the length this came out to be. My first version was a lot longer, and so I cut out a lot of the keyboard sounds. What remains, I think, is sufficient to show that changes to the program are being made, but not so long as to get dull. The point of this wasn't to show how annoying it can be to track down a bug (it can take hours, sometimes) but instead to show the progression of the program's behavior as it is modified, and the process of slowly adjusting and fixing a program until it really does what you want it to do. The evolution of the program's behavior, and the interaction between the programmer and the program's behavior was my focus, rather than the actual work that needs to be done to fix a program.

About the only thing I'm not completely happy with in this is the first "virtual" sounds you hear, when the build fails the first time. It doesn't sound quite like I wanted it to, though I'm not completely sure what it SHOULD sound like...I just know it's just not quite like that.

Back In Time

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It's created so that time changes from Adulthood to Childhood. It starts with lawnmower and sprinkler noises, along with heavy footsteps meaning running away. Then I come to a forest, with light music and bird music, then finally to a children playground. It shows the escape we have from modern world.

In my project, due to the speaker issues, the music piece which was inserted in the middle turned out to be quite loud than I thought of. The sudden appearance of the music was a negative to it. I should have tr the monospeaker effects before the presentation. When heard on computer with 2.1 speaker and headset, the quality and effects of the piece was much more better. I had some clips to be recorded by two separated microphones to give three dimensional effects, but those could not be shown. Overall I think I've done great on fading and putting different clips together with smooth transitions consider that I had over 10 layers.

September 25, 2007

Reading for Wednesday, 26 September

http://www.deeplistening.org/pauline/writings/quantum_listening.html

September 24, 2007

how to prepare your audio for critique and blog archive

1. export from audacity
a. preferences>file formats>Uncompressed Export Format>choose AIFF 16 or 32 bit PCM
b. then, go to file>export as AIFF
c. save to your folder
2. test exported audio level on main computer. You can use the server to tranfer your file. Turn on projector to hear your work
3. adjust your output levels if you need to and re-export
4. Finf your AIFF export in your project folder and click on it once to highlight it, then go to >file>get info
5. in get info go to>open with and choose QuickTime Player

6. log onto media mill (link on blog)
7. upload file
8. make mp3 derivative
9. make sure it is public
10. share with Katinka Galanos (gala0002@umn.edu)

11. log into blog
12. in posting section select upload file
13. Hit browes button and navigate to your AIFF QuickTime file
14. Hit open
15. Then upload file
16. In next window select “create a new entry using this uploaded file?
17. Hit link
18. Add your tile
19. Select Assign multiple categories (your name and project I)
20. In the extended entry box, tell us about your project.

YOU’RE Now finished with project I and ready for critique on Monday 1 October!

Project #1 Audacity: Dinner

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The idea behind this project is to listen carefully to a dinner being made, the process of eating the dinner, and cleaning up after the meal. This is all done very fast to imitate this day in age where everyone is in a rush. People don't take the time anymore to make a meal, sit down and enjoy it. This piece is intended for people to take the time to listen, not only dinner noises, but subtle noises in general that we don't pay attention to on a daily basis. Do we take these noises for granted?

Dorm Room Studio

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This clip is meant to represent just a typical day for me and my friends at my dorm room. The location specifically is a double sized dorm room on the ninth floor. Obviously, I spend a good amount of time out of my day at the dorm where I study, sleep, listen to and make music. I play guitar and so I enjoy playing with bassists because they provide low sounds and rhythm as well. Whenever I play music at my room, I leave the door open and several people stop by to take a listen and that's how I want listeners to feel about this clip. I want them to feel like as if they are in the room just grooving to the music.
Usually when I play a song, the surroundings are disturbance free (for example in this clip, the window is shut).
Though the clip is four minutes long, listeners can start at any point, but they should listen all the way through the end because that is where you can finally hear some voices.
Effects were added to the file after recording. If you listen closely to the solos, there are tremolo, echo, and tempo changes.
Overall, this clip is meant to represent a feel good time at a dingy, common, ordinary dorm room. I believe it has a narrative/first person feel because listening to the clip is just like being in that space. Also, listeners will have a linear experience because of how the clip is formatted (it is straightforward, without having any jump-arounds)

Buttery Goodness

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This project, for me, was about the feeling you get while preparing to begin a favorite activity. One of my favorite activities is watching a good movie with a big bowl of popcorn at my side.

Critique: I am really happy with the way my project turned out, although it was a little boring. I spent a lot of time editing my audio clip and so I was extrememly pleased with how smooth it sounded during the critique. I was also a little surprised at just how much it sounded like an advertisement. I believe that it conveyed the messege I was trying to send very well.

Media Mill

http://mediamill.cla.umn.edu/mediamill/

September 23, 2007

Artist Response

Lowery Stokes Sims started off her discussion with the mention of the movie 'Crash' because of the apparent theme of race that fit well with what she had to say. She showed us several examples of artwork that were influenced by different cultures and in most cases the confusion of culture. One image in particular showed a Japanese girl with her face painted black. It was as if she had changed her race.
Sims mentioned the stereotype of 'driving while black' where white cops would pull over black people that drove nice cars just because of their disbelief of that person's status. Sims also brought up an interesting point; whiteness being a counterpart of blackness. The word 'counterpart' does not have to have an opposite effect but it can also possess a connotation of unity. She went on to say "whiteness is as much a mask as blackness can be (because whiteness is also a marker of race)." Personally, I agreed with everything she said and I feel that everyone should have this kind of enlightened thinking.

Apart from issues of race, Sims also addressed feminism and categorizing gender. Sims gave us a series of facts that categorize men:
-They die 8 years sooner.
-They have to expose their breasts in public.
-They are more likely to be homeless than any other group.
-They aren't allowed to express their emotions.
-Parts of their sex organs have to be amputated at birth.
-Who are they?
She brought these up because they give a false mold that tell men what to do. It's an example of why feminism exists and I think it's a humorous way of showing the public how they should not expect things of certain people.

September 22, 2007

Visiting Artist Response: Lowery Sims

Lowery Sims spoke about race in art in the 1990s. She concentrated on identity as it related to race, and discussed the "flattening" out of cultural differences in society today. As she pointed out, people of different races come into constant contact with each other in today's society like they do in the movie "Crash." Along with this interaction, and the friction along the way, can come a loss of racial identity as bits of past culture are lost.

Some of the pieces of artwork she showed presented the confusion of racial identity very clearly, such as the piece with black women who saw their reflections as those of white women, or the Japanese people with faces painted black. I don't think that people being dissatisfied with who they are or what they look like is a new phenomenon, but since races haven't been able to mix as much in the past as they can today, seeing yourself as another race is perhaps relatively new.

Another piece she showed that sticks in my memory is the man who lay in a museum case for hours to show how in some cases we have forgotten heritages and turned them simply into relics to be placed in museum cases. I don't think our origins should be forgotten, nor cultures and customs of old abandoned and completely relegated to history books. Different cultures and customs are fascinating, and are a big part of what makes humanity what it is. At the same time, I don't think it's wrong to move forward. "Flattening" of cultures and loss of racial identity isn't something that should be feared. For even though we may lose some things, and may in the end look on some of the old customs simply as museum pieces, we will always gain a new culture too. People don't simply assimilate into new cultures and lose all memory of their past. Each individual is bound to affect the culture in some way. This, along with the relentless passage of time, will inevitably cause cultures to change. What we have in the end isn't necessarily better, or worse, just new and different. Change in cultures isn't something we need to fear or fight, it is as natural as the change in seasons. And so while I think some of the art Lowery Sims showed was somewhat wistful and morning the loss of sharper cultural divisions, a lot of the things she showed challenged racial stereotypes (sometimes in amusing ways) and showed how old ways of thinking can no longer persist. I particularly liked the picture of the tattooed shirtless black man with angel wings — it mixed images that you might not have expected to see together, but then made you question why you shouldn't expect to see them together in the first place.

All in all, Lowery Sims showed some very interesting pieces which showed how people think about and deal with the "Crash" of races coming together which has happened in the world today.

September 19, 2007

Artist Response

Lowery Stokes Sims spoke about ethnic notions. She began by talking about the movie “Crash? and how it brought to light many of the stereotypes that are accepted as truth by many people. Sims went on to talk about an art class she taught where they discussed the aspect of ethnicity in art; she showed a few examples of art that spoke strongly about race. She also touched on the power of the television in encouraging stereotypes and how we all accept what is said there as the truth.
I really found what Sims had to say about diversity assimilation interesting. On one hand I really think that everyone should conform at least somewhat to the culture that they live in. For example, when someone comes to live in the United States from another country I believe they should learn the language and what is socially acceptable in America. Although, I also think that it is important to retain the richness and diversity of the different cultures in the U.S. and to preserve the different ethnic and religious identities of everyone. I scoff at people I see “pretending? to be someone they are not, dressing or acting outside of their roots. It really is a shame that there is such pressure to assimilate to what is considered “normal?.
I enjoyed listening to Sims, she was lively and engaging; I would recommend that anyone who did not see her this time around to go when she comes to speak again in December.

September 16, 2007

Visiting Artist Response: Heap of Birds'

Heap of Birds’ s lecture was interesting and he has a great personality. During his lecture he showed his works of art that included work from the beginning of his artistic carrier. I was amazed how broad his use of media was. The types of media spanned from traditional art media - like drawing, painting and sculpture - to new art media like installations and a short movie clip. It seems to me that nowadays artists increasingly expose themselves to a variety of media besides the media that they originally worked with. I can imagine that it must feel liberating to be able to change media but I also ask myself if this trend trivializes artists who have devoted themselves to a type of medium for a long period of time.
Heap of Birds’, a Native American artist, has devoted his art to mainly unpleasant issues that deal with the social and political oppression of Native Americans. He also tries to create a bond between Native American and other native people by traveling around the world and working with other native artists.
By using imaginative text and symbolic motifs as the focus of his pieces, his art seems to be more provocative and inflammatory rather than emphasizing beauty. One piece that really stood out for me and on which I feel reveals his attitudes towards art, was the piece called Building Minnesota, an installation where names of 40 Dakota tribal citizens were written down on 40 metal signs. Abraham Lincoln ordered their execution in Minnesota. This work was not only to honor the 40 Native Americans but also to educate the public and to confront the people with something that they don’t want to see. Abraham Lincoln is such a beloved US president, and Heap of Birds’ wants to show a less attractive side of Lincoln’s career. During the lecture Heap of Birds’ constantly spoke about history and education and how we artists are responsible for educating the young. I think that when he spoke about education he spoke about a different kind of education than we usually understand. He believes that education is too centered on the European version of history and there are many sensitive issues in history that are not covered because of their scandalous nature. I completely agree with Birds’ attitude toward education because we are living in an era in which most of the time unpleasant truths are denied and they need to be revealed. If art does not reveal these truths, who else will?

Interaction with Technology

My interaction with technology has been changing a lot lately and it is becoming more and more an important part of life. I do not know if I like technology in general since it means that I must constantly keep up with it in order to get the most out of it and to be more accessible. Nevertheless technology makes my life as a student easier and enhances my studies.
The use of a computer allows me to work on my writing assignments wherever I want as well as having access to the Internet simultaneously, which is very helpful. It is very nice to be able to work at a café while at the same time having access to numerous online sources such as journals, magazines and newspapers. Doing homework at a café is more pleasant because it provides a more relaxing atmosphere and a change to daily student life. Additionally, the computer offers a spelling and grammar check, which is especially important for not native English speakers. Thank you Mr. Computer.
It took me a long time to really take advantage of what technology offers. Until now I do not even have a cell-phone, which is pretty much a necessity in our society today.

Technology

I don't think that I really realized how much i use technology until the power went out; I kept thinking, "Well now what am I supposed to do? Nothing works..."
I use my laptop for school, communication with friends, and fun. I also rely heavily on my cell phone to stay in contact with others. Another piece of technology I think I often take for granted is the microwave, it really is fantastic.
Technology is all around us and I use it everyday; I don't know what I would do with out it.

September 12, 2007

Ayo Technology

Technology is all around us and will continue to grow as time goes on. I personally think it’s a great thing and I'm really excited for the future. My daily life consists of using technology at least once every minute. The handy dandy cell phone is to blame for my technological addictions! There is no getting away from technology, so you might as well get used to it and take full advantage. I check my email about 10 times a day because people are constantly trying to keep in touch and updated. I work in a computer lab, which is a great place to experience technology. We have flat screen monitors on all computers, with a laser printer that prints double sides, and an electronic stapler! Most technological “advances? are just to make our lives more lazy and fast paced.

Woot woot for Technology

When I think of my daily use of technology what first comes to mind is cell phones, specifically my use of a cell phone. I remember one day when I accidentally left it at home before walking to class and the entire day I felt lost, empty handed and unoccupied. It was weird to think that I relied so much on this single item but it proven true when I went a day without using it. Our nation has grown to depend on up to date technology wherever they are and when someone takes out a disposable camera, a portable CD player or an older version of a cell phone they get a funny look from others. I certainly appreciate technology and the speed of advancement companies have taken on for releasing newer and newer ideas. The neat thing nowadays with technology is how much is being combined. It started with people recording music on their cell phones, then playing movies off of laptops and now there is the iPhone that has basically all you need minus a nintendo wii hookup.

technology

Throughout a typical day, I find certain "technological" devices to be quite useful to the point of necessity. For instance, I have come to rely on my cellphone...usually just to keep the time, but also to stay in touch with friends/make ends meet. Also, if I lost the use of my computer in daily life, it would be like losing an arm. It is my constant tool, providing me not only with internet access and email, but also with a music library I would be devastated without, software capable of audio recording/editing, software capable of video editing, entertainment in the form of games and movies, etc. (basically the majority of things I do with my time.)

Technology use in my life.

There are two high tech devices that control my life. My cell phone alarm wakes me up each morning and then sits in my left pant pocket for about 16 hours a day. I've gone days without it or with no battery and I feel lost... I never know what time it is, I feel like people are trying to contact me, I cant decide what to have for breakfast. My computer is also essential for keeping my life on track. It is my ultimate source of information and media.

Digital technology in my everyday life

As i think about how I use digital technology in my life I realize that it surrounds me at almost every point in the day. Every morning I wake up to my digital alarm clock blaring. When I go to play my guitar after class is done for the day i plug it into my digital amplifier. When i turn on the television set in the evening i recieve a digital cable signal that allows me to see whats on. If i ever have to measure the weight of something small i turn to my digital scale for help. Even when i got to check my emails every day i am using the digital technology in my computer to view the messages. all in all, it seems that digital technology is nearly inescapable today in our society.

Technology

My experience with technology started, for me in tenth grade where one of my teachers showed me how to use PowerPoint. With that introduction I used computers more to make anything my mind thought of, and research what I was thinking of. I then used my basic skills in PowerPoint to make animations. After a year I discovered imovie and I made 3 movies. I then went back to PowerPoint and months later I discovered Adobe Premiere. I'm still using that software daily to make animation which may take me several weeks to do.

Techno. in my Life

It's funny that the use of technology was our first assigned blog entry, because a few hours after we were assigned to do this blog, I was given another assignment from a different class regarding the same topic. In my Journalism and Mass Communication class we also were asked to look at how technology and media affect our daily lives. Our fisrt assignment in that class was to avoid use of techonolgy or media for a twenty-four hour period and then write about our experiences. This meant no television, no computers, no cellphone ( which meant NO TEXTING!), no books, and no newspapers/magazines. We were basically going to be stripped of our daily necessaties. What was I going to without my cellphone for a day?! I still yet have to complete the assignment (we were given two weeks to complete so we could pick a convenient day) but am well aware that it is going to be very difficult, if not impossible to avoid the use of those items. Once I complete the assisgnment, I'll try and post the results.

Daily Life and Technology

For me, digital technology is definitly a forefront in most of what I do. In thinking about it, digital technology is the basis for my communication - whether it's through my laptop (with e-mail, messages, video chat, etc), my cell phone, or others. My laptop is my main source of anything I do digitally. It provides my leisure, communication, work, study, and backdrop for whatever else I need to get done.

Why I use this technology is simple: it's usually fast, easy, and vital to getting around in present-day American college life. With many internet-only resources out there, it's kind of a no-brainer why I wouldn't use this technology. But one thing has been on my mind lately, and that is the fear of over-dependence on technology such as this. As easy it is, it can always go wrong. I think that's important to remember in this digital, technology-driven period of time.

-Chris

how i use technology daily

Technology has affected our lives in a mostly positive way.
First off, I use my computer to send and receive info in emails, to get addresses and phone numbers, to chat with friends and family, to edit/post photos, download/post/listen to music, post/watch/copy/edit video. Secondly, I use it to write papers and do research. Also, I use it to get directions to places i've never been and to check the temperature so know what to wear.
My cellphone is pretty handy because apart from making/receiving calls, i can use it to take pics/video when i don't have my camera on me. Also, it's easy to record sound on as well.
Next comes my ipod, which i use to store/listen to music, and store/view photos/video. I have also been know to store documents on it (like the bill of rights) so i am able to memorize them before tests without lugging around my gov. textbook.

How I use Technology

Technology runs all of our lives. I don't think I could get through my day without uses technology. From cell phones and computers to the little chip in my bus pass, it would be almost impossible to go a day without using technology. The three pieces of technology I use most are my computer, my cell phone, and my Ipod. These, however, are not very interesting uses of technology; everyone uses these everyday. The fact that these pieces of technology have become so commonplace that everyone uses them everyday is rather interesting. Ten years ago hardly anyone owned a cell phone, most people probably didn't use their computers everyday, and no one had ever heard of an Ipod.

Technology in our lives

Technology is so ingraned in our daily lives that its hard to take a step back and count all of the uses that are out there. literally it is unending becuase technology keeps advancing every day. The most facinating thing about technology is all of the converging of devices that are being invented such as cell phones that you can not only talk on but check your email, listen to music, watch videos, take pictures and so on and so on. Techology is wonderful in that it makes a lot of daily taskes very convienent and a lot less stressful. However whenever there is something very good that is present there is always a negative componant. Humans depend on technology to make it through the day, and i think that we depend on it a little too much. If there was a major crash in all the servers world wide, everything would be in complete chaos. We should all be fortunate that we have the privilage of having access to a wide variety of technologies, but we should also be concious of how we go about things in case technology is not readily availabe to us at any point in the future.

Technology in daily life

I spend a decent amount of time on computer daily. It is almost a necessity in our life in 21st century. I use photoshop edit images for my family and friends. It is fun to make something different than the way it exist in nature. Sometimes I choose to play music on a sound editing program, thus I can add special effects and change the speed of the sound file. Computer is also a primary tool for communication for me. I use it to see others' blogs, to chat online, to send or receive e-mails, and to do research online. Online computer game is also a little part of my life. With the increase of technology on cellphones, I am able to take pictures, record sound and video. Digital technology is everywhere and is playing an essential role in our lives.

Technology is my Crutch

I don't know what people did before computers or cell phones. The idea of not being able to instantly send or recieve information to a friend or co-worker absolutely perplexes me. I'm one of those people that are glued to a celll phone at all times. Back when I had my first mouth-piece-only flip phone, my ear was connected to the world. The ability to connect to others on a whim, regardless of location, was a skill far too convenient for me to neglect. Now that I have my third geneation Bluetooth headphones, internet-ready phone, and wireless E-Mail, I'm beginning to feel like a cybernetic organism, built to transmit useless information about my work and daily life.

The thought that people used to be able to get work done without personal computers also confuses me beyond belief. Relics like carbon-copy writing and "snail mail" seem like extraordinary departures from current applications of the modern PC. Technology has made me both lazy and wise. While the ability to "wikipedia" information has provided me with several useless tomes of knowledge on topics like "The War of 1812," "Andrew Jackson," and "Vampires" I go months without setting foot in a library and sometimes weeks wiithout cracking a book.

My appreciation for varieties of music has expanded greatly with my integrated cell phone/mp3 player combnation. With a constant connection to a music player, I have an insatiable apppetite for new music. The ability to download music has single handedly expanded my listening spectrum and abolished my need for a CD collection.

With all my technological attachments, connections and dependencies, I struggle to think how life existed befre the wire. When I muse about my extreme ability to acquire information instantaneously, I smirk smugly at my bredth of knowledge but can't help but think that I must be less resourceful than my technologically deficient ancestors. Technnology has become almost more of a crutch than a tool.

Living in Technology

In my daily life, its impossible to not encounter technology. When I wake up I head straight for the computer and start it up so that by the time I get ready for class in the morning, I can check my email and the weather. Whatever happened to just looking outside? Classes and life at the U of MN also rely heavily upon the use of computers and internet as a means of learning, teaching and correspondence. The use of cellular phones is almost manditory, I go as far as to use mine as my daily planner, and watch. I am also a person who uses computers as well as gaming systems for recreational purposes I spend at least 10 hours on the computer a day. I also work as a secretary so i sit in front of the computer during those ours too. What a wonderful world of connectivity and conviences.

How I use technology

I am using digital technology almost constantly. For me, this means using my laptop more than anything else. I don't carry an iPod (or other digital music player) or a cell phone. I use my laptop at home, and at school. I use it for almost everything I do: work, play, and studying. It is also my primary tool for communication. I am almost constantly using it. If I am awake, chance are I'm at my computer.

My computer has my life on it. Nearly everything I do is stored on my computer. A lot of this work is only meaningful when it is on my computer, and doesn't have a useful physical form.

I use my laptop as an essential part of my work. (which is related to computer programming). Though I could work without a computer of my own, it would be a lot more difficult.

I use it to help study for classes when I can. For at least one class, my computer holds a database of the things I'm supposed to know. It helps me learn them and reminds me of them if it thinks I may have forgotten them. This (relatively) tiny 4.8 MB file took countless hours to compile. The code that makes it all work took weeks to create. Losing it would be like losing a piece of myself. (I regularly backup my hard drive to another disk, but I still nervously wonder if I shouldn't keep a third backup. It's that important.)

Most of the assignments I've done for classes in the past are only on my computer. Some of these aren't very important to me; I'll likely never look at them again. But others are still valuable: just this week, I referenced and used something from something I wrote for a class two years ago.

I also use my laptop as a communication tool, in much the same way I'm sure a lot of other people use their computers. I don't use my phone much because I have e-mail, which I like much better. I do almost all my communication and research online. Thanks to the internet, I have links to people in distant parts of the country and world, who I probably would have never met without it.

Living without my computer (as I have had to do on occasion for one reason or another) is hard, and truly makes me recognize just how much I rely on it. I feel helpless without it. It is the most important tool I use in almost all areas of my life.

Technology in our daily life

Technology is always around us. Most of us use computers to communicate through e-mail, instant messaging, facebook, myspace all that good stuff. It allows us to keep in touch with our friends that we can't see as often. The use of technology is also used as entertainment by most people today. We have portable devices like iPods, mp3 players, cell phones, PSPs and other handheld equipment that we use on a daily basis. Technology is everywhere and plays a great role in our lives.

September 11, 2007

Technology in daily life

Hello, Tanya here, writing about how important technology is in our daily life and how our culture is somewhat defined by it. Our entertainment, communication, trivial daily tasks, all would disappear without the advanced technology we have today. Most notably, the internet seems to be one of the greater technological advancements, due to the connectivity we are now able to enjoy. Normally, I would not keep up with many of my far-away friends without the wonderful invention "facebook." Technology is also a gateway to releasing a person's imagination, down to the smallest detail. As animation and filmmaking grows more advanced, those behind the technology can show their ideas more vividly, creating a greater impact on the individuals viewing the creation.

September 10, 2007

artists introduced :: 9.10

John Cage
Lawernce Weiner
Rodney Graham
Christian Marclay
DJ Spooky (Paul Miller)
Carsten Nicolai
Abinadi Meza
Janet Cardiff

Assignment I :: a sound primer

Your first project will be an introduction to working with sound – recording, editing, exporting and presenting.

Our focus will be situated in an aural investigation of location, time, and physicality (or perspective).

Location
In choosing a specific location, think about the atmospheric and cultural elements of that place. What do you do there? How does it feel to be there? And how do you interact with or in this space? These are things you might want to get across in your final piece.

Physicality and Perspective
How do you move through this place? Or are you still? How do you want the listener to move through this place? What is the viewers physical relationship to the sounds we hear? What is the perspective?

Time
Is it a linear or non-linear experience? Is it narrative or abstract? How does it begin and end?

Ask yourself why you’re interested in this specific location? Is it a contemplative or chaotic space, or something between? What are the emotive elements? How do you feel being here? What is your objective in recreating this location in sound, or what is it that you are interested in?

Terms
Cinematic, Narrative, Abstract, Linear, Non-linear

1. Chose a specific place 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.

In terms of filmmaking, “the sound guy? records what is called “room tone? at each location. This is the track by which they build the “reality? of sound space in film. We will work from this premise.

2. import and edit

3. review, add effects or anything else that you think is missing.

4. export and prepare your project for presentation, listen to it in the critique space.

5. presentation, prepare your ideas for class discussion

Visiting Artist Response

Attend 2 of the Visiting Artist talks (or 1 talk and one outside art event).
Post your response on our class blog. The response is due within one week of the talk.

Please write a clear, well thought-out, response to each of the visiting artist lectures you attend.

One way to approach this would be to pick one or two comments that were made by the artist that are either compelling or repugnant. Discuss your interpretation of what you think the artist meant and explain why you agree/disagree or had a strong reaction. Please do a free write or first draft and then revise at least once for clarity, grammar and spelling.

Let me know by next Monday, 17 September, which talks you are thinking about attending.


VISITING ARTIST & CRITICS SERIES :: Department of Art FALL 2007

Thursday, September 13
HOCK E AYE VI EDGAR HEAP OF BIRDS, Visiting Artist

CO-sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study
Edgar Heap of Birds’ work frequently draws upon language in form and content, history, and memory. His work engages audiences in a conversation about forgotten or subversive relationships.

Wednesday, September 19
LOWERY SIMS, Visiting Scholar

New Ethnic Notions: Race and Identity in a Global Arena
Lowery Stokes Sims is the Former Executive Director of the Studio Museum in Harlem. Prior to 2000, she was Curator of Modern Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she worked since 1972.

Thursday, October 18
NIKKII S.LEE, Visiting Artist

Nikkii S. Lee is a Korean-born, New York City-based artist, photographer and filmmaker. She has made it her project to infiltrate and mimic the subcultures of American life. Her work is about investigating notions of identity and the use of vernacular photography.

Thursday, November 1
MICHAEL KRUEGER, Visiting Artist

Michael Krueger works simultaneously on several bodies of work in different media, including printmaking, drawing and digital arts. The lithographs and colored pencil drawings of Michael Krueger have been described as existing someplace where naïve meets genius.

Thursday, November 8
LISA LAPINSKI, Visit Artist

A onetime philosophy student who’s willing to get her hands dirty, Lisa Lapinski makes elaborate sculptures that embody a kind of cognitive dissonance. Artforum critic Bruce Hainley credits Lapinski with “providing new thought about what a sculpture might be.?

Wednesday, December 5
LOWREY SIMS, Visiting Scholar

Aesthetics or Utility? Art Engaging the Environment
Co-sponsored by the Weisman Art Museum
Please note: this lecture will take place at the Weisman Art Museum, 7 pm
Lowery Stokes Sims is the Former Executive Director of the Studio Museum in Harlem. Prior to 2000, she was Curator of Modern Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where she had worked since 1972.

With the exception of the December 5th Sims’s lecture, all events are located in the IN-FLUX Room in the Regis Center for Art at 7 pm.
All events are free and open to the public. The Visiting Artists & Critics Series receives promotional support from the Twin Cities Fine Arts Organization (TCFAO).

Artist Presentation

Each student will choose an artist to present to the class. You may choose someone working in or with digital media. If you cannot come up with someone after some initial research, approach me with your interests and ideas.

Create a presentation approximately 10 minutes long, using at least two resources from the web and/or library. Give us a sense of the artist as a person with some basic information such as birthdate, residence(s), education, awards, type of work (media used), and general themes of the art.

Present three specific works including title, media, date, and dimensions or duration. Describe and interpret the work. What is it about? What elements lead you to your interpretation? Does it relate to other people’s artwork in any way? Finally, tell us what led you to choose this artist for your presentation.

By next Monday, 17 September, have 3-5 artist that you are interested in presenting.


resources for beginning your search
http://www.ubu.com/sound/
http://www.transom.org/shows/2001/200103.shows.audioart.jschuman.html
http://www.nmartproject.net/blog/
http://www.glare.ws/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_media_art#List_of_New_Media_art_organizations
http://rhizome.org/
http://www.we-make-money-not-art.com/
http://www.cybersonica.org/index.html
http://www.transom.org/shows/2001/200103.shows.audioart.jschuman.html
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~infoarts/links/wilson.artlinks2.html
http://the-artists.org/art-movements.cfm

September 9, 2007

login to blog

http://www.umn.edu/login?desturl=https%3A%2F%2Fblog.lib.umn.edu%2Fcgi-bin%2Fmt.cgi

manuals and how-to's for sound

M-AUDIO MICROTRACK Recorder Manual
Download file

Audacity manual and tutorials
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/manual-1.2/index.html

Understanding Audio File Formats
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_file_format

Using Sound and Video in Web Pages
http://www.stanford.edu/services/techtraining/videosound/

Audio Editing with Soundtrack Pro
http://journalism.berkeley.edu/multimedia/tutorials/soundtrackpro/

great link to compression
http://www.compression-links.info/

September 6, 2007

syllabus

Download file

First Blog Entries

Your first blog entries will be introductions and your thoughts about how, when, where and why you interact with digital technologies.

Think and riff about the various aspects of this usage. Is it simply for personal communication or information gathering? Is it entertainment, play or research? Work or leisure? How is your interaction with the technology structuring your relationship with your surrounding environment or social network? How does the technology you use look, feel, sound? How is it mediating your experiences?

We will discuss your thoughts on Monday.
Have a good weekend!