October 2010 Archives
Video about animated Graffiti, quite the scene.
The other three sections of 1601 will be meeting at the Walker a little before 6pm. Here is a link to the museum and directions.
From school you can also take the number 2 bus on the corner of 21st and Riverside right outside Jimmy John's at about 5:10 or the express number 113 at 5:35 from Willey to Franklin and Lyndale. Both will take you to Franklin and Lyndale, the express is just a little bit faster, and I prefer it myself!
Please meet in the Hennepin Avenue lobby a little before 6pm.
If you are unable to make it, please let me know ahead of time. I will provide you with a list of the films that are being shown, and links to them. Please provide a critical analysis of three of the films. By critical analysis I mean, what was your impression? How did they make you feel, good or bad? Why? What was the artist trying to do or say? What does the sound do to the piece? Does it enhance the piece, or take away from the visual? Why? If there is no sound, should there be? What do you think there should be and why?
I have added the grading scale to the syllabus. Here it is!
Begin by thinking of at least five different emotions. Try to choose an object, or a body part other than your face, to portray these emotions. Use a series of stop motion animated pictures to show at least two of these emotions.
Can a banana be happy? Can a shoe be sad?
You may add sound. Try to stray from adding your favorite song from the radio. Think of the sound assignment if you would like to add sound, and edit your sound to fit the emotion.
This assignment will be due November 22nd before Thanksgiving. If you plan on going out of town, you must turn the assignment in BEFORE you leave.
You may use a still camera and Final Cut or Frame by Frame.
Here is the download link for the software.
My sound portrait is a sort of story that tells about me. It was almost supposed to be a visit through activities which I like, and also some of those that I don't. Not just activities, but experiences in general. If you can pick up on what is going on, it is easy to understand what inspires me, or what it is that I like. I got a little carried away, hence the 6+ minutes, so I hope you don't become bored listening to it. I wanted to stray away from warping/altering the sounds too heavily. I liked the idea of keeping it more real, because I find it to have a more genuine feel to it. There are some alterations and definitely a ton of layering within the clip. I don't want to say too much more in the description or there will be nothing left to surprise.
When making this, I had in mind to do it in sort of thirds. Also, every thing in here is specifically there for a reason. While the main theme will seem obvious, there are some subtle ones in there as well.
I'm a dad of 2 children, Oscar is 5 and Lucille is 17 months old. This a piece of my everyday life. You will hear sounds recorded from our home, along with music from my favorite musicians.
Please post your sound pieces to the blog as .wav files. We will be critiquing them on Monday. Please be prepared to discuss how the piece is an extension of you. In other words, how it is a sonic self portrait. You can structure the discussion in any way you like. If you'd like us to listen to it first and then respond, or if you'd like to talk about it first and then have us respond.
Write a short paragraph about the piece, a little bit about what you'd like us to know about it. Maybe there are questions you have for us, or things you thought about while you were composing the piece. Feel free to bring those to the discussion.
Please make sure the pieces are posted to the blog BEFORE class on Monday.
Rachel and I discovered that the limit for a sound file is about 60MB. If you are trying to upload a file that is larger than this, something that may help is to compress the file. Once it is exported as a .wav OR a .aiff (this file format is totally acceptable as well) hit >control >click on the file and there will be an option to compress it. This will create a zip file and you should then be able to upload it to the site. If you have problems, please e-mail me BEFORE class.
I thought this was a very interesting piece of audio art. The repetitiveness along with the resonance and distortion made me think of drifting to sleep. Not in the sense of sleep but more in the process of dosing. Fully awake you understand every word very clear, but as you get drowsier words start to run together in a way that make its hard to determine what is being said. You just hear noise and have no clarity around words right before you finally drift into sleep. This piece is very different from visual art because the thought has to be portrayed through sound. The words or sounds used have to fit in such a way that a story could be interpreted. I didn't necessarily like the piece because it took so long and was so repetitive.
Anybody who digs live music and/or is looking for something to do Thursday night my band is playing at the Acadia Cafe. There are five bands playing and we go on last at 11:30. here is the link to the facebook event if you are interested.
ps. ITS 18+ & FREE
This piece doesn't really have a story, it is just repetition. The guy is trying to make the listener tune out by repetition and have them listen more to the sounds of his voice than the actual words he is saying. It begins to hypnotize you after about the 3rd or 4th listening, and you really do stop paying attention to the words, and listen more to the tone and different sounds. Then it switches from him speaking to noises, open sounds that sound like technology. It's different from visual work in that I have to picture what's going on, and in this piece, it's the same picture repeated over and over, until the noise and then it becomes more a of static picture, there is not much to imagine except open space. The talking makes me feel slow and hypnotized, and the sounds just make me feel sleepy, they're lethargic and slow.
I could not find the full 45 minutes piece, only a short 5 minutes excerpt on Youtube. Because of the clip being very brief, I can't tell whether it is the only audible transition. I would assume the transition would much more gradual since Lucier repeatedly recorded the clip in a closed room. I think there would be significant degradation in sound quality by the end of the clip, given that Lucier used a tape recorder and the close room will capture and amplify the resonance. I'm still unclear about Lucier's motivation for this piece.
When I first began listening, I immediately thought of a hypnotist. The monotonic rhythm the artist is speaking with, despite the "speech irregularities" is heavily reminiscent of hypnotism. This is different from visual art because you are forced so paint your own picture in relation to this art. As I continue to listen, and the sound becomes more and more manipulated, I get an eerie feeling, like aliens are attempting to communicate through this medium.
Go to keepvid.com
Type the URL of your video into the blue URL. Click download.
Select the Video's download format. MP4 will work with Audacity's import.
The audio piece does not tell a very complex story, it just states that Alvin Lucier is sitting in a room, recording his voice, planning on make an example of it. It differs from visual work because it restricts what the audience is paying attention to. In this case, audio is the only thing that is important and the only thing that we are allowed to take in with our senses, so his voice is the only thing that we focus on. The listener is not distracted by unnecessary visual cues. The audio allows us to interpret the mood, rather than having visuals to do it for us. This piece made me feel very calm and relaxed, but a little tense when Lucier struggled with his studder.
Record and/or collect a series of sounds. Layer and alter them to reflect your personality. Use different objects to get different and interesting sounds. Spend some time thinking about the environment in which you live, your surroundings, how you walk, how you talk, how you sleep, and how these factors could play a role in your "sonic self-portrait." Bring the finished product to class.
Minimum time limit 3 minutes.
Project due date: Monday 10.25
I listened to this piece a few times and after awhile the words all meshed together. I believe there isn't necessarily a story to be told, more an idea to be thought about. This work is different from visual works, because it negates the use of a sense most people commonly use and depend on. With this piece it forces you to neglect one sense and focus entirely on a different one to get the same effect. This work made me feel confused in a good way. I was relating what I heard into what I could decipher as alternate meanings.
Finally done!! Pretty sweet though....
P.S. Not sure why it suddenly became so long...it said 3 minutes when I was making it.....
The story is just Alvin Lucier sitting in a room, recording, and re-recording his voice. I imagined him in a soundproof room with his recording equipment. It seems like very tedious work. He must be patient. Sound is different from visual work because sound recordings force you to only focus on one section of the piece at a time rather than trying to take it all in at once. Also, the artist has control over what we hear first, second, etc. I was intrigued at first because it's a cool idea but towards the end I started to become less interested.
The piece tells a story about the piece itself. He says how he is sitting in a room, recording his voice, and will play the recording in the room, and record it again. He will repeat this process many times, until the natural resonant frequencies become more pronounced, until his voice cannot even be heard. It is different from visual work, because instead of being able to see this work, one must visualize what is going on. Also, in visual work, everything can be seen at once, but with this, people have to wait and listen to the whole thing to understand it. It makes me feel like this guy has way too much time on his hands.
In conjunction with MCAD film instructor, Jon Thomas' class, all four sections of 1601 will be invited to a screening at the Walker Art Center on Monday November 1st.
We will not have class on this day, rather the film screening will be our class. If you cannot make the screening, a list of the films we watched will be provided to you to do a write-up to make up the class.
Please let me know as soon as possible if you cannot make it.
Here's how to upload your .wav files to the blog!
Once you're finished with your 3 minute piece, export it as a .wav in Audacity!
Make sure you save your project as an Audacity file AND a .wav file. Once you save it as a .wav, it will become one stereo track.
Save your piece as a .wav file to your computer and to the server, so you have two copies.
Start a new blog entry.
Name it whatever you'd like!
Click the "Insert File" button.
Choose your .wav file!
Listen to Alvin Lucier's piece, "I am sitting in a room" by clicking on the link.
Think of some of the questions we answered in class on Monday about sound works being different from visual pieces or music. Write a response based on what we talked about.
Does this piece tell a story?
What story does it tell, if any?
How is it different from visual work?
How does it make you feel?
Click on the transom.org link for an audacity tutorial.
Here is another helpful tutorial that includes saving your file as an mp3. Although you will not be able to download the LAME encoder to your computers.
Since Audacity is a freeware, you can download it to your home computers to edit sound anytime you like!
If you'd like to download audacity go to this website to do so.
Here is the link for freesound.
The address to access the server from home is ftp://artserve.cla.umn.edu
Compose a three minute sound piece and post it to the blog by Monday, October 10th. No write-ups or explanations. Just a quick sound exercise!
Street light in the rain
Warhol pop art
Black and white
Really bright colors
I visited a display in the West building, same building where we have classes; I forgot to take down the name of the exhibit and the artist. This was perhaps the most captivating piece of art, or rather an art exhibit I have experienced. I hesitate to call it a piece since this work literally was not a piece, it was a whole room. The room is entirely dark, save for four movies playing at the same time, all of which were set on very dark background, and a touch screen kiosk computer. The four movies were playing simultaneously, making it nearly impossible to tune in to one or the others, especially when the movies seem like a constant stream of dialogues. Kiosk served as another source of chaos; it is a Ouija board that does nothing with a reversed cursor. Touching the corner of the screen brings the cursor to the center; touching the opposing corner brings it back to the previous corner.
The uniqueness of this exhibit is that it doesn't just communicate the chaos, schizophrenic distress; it lets the viewer or participants experience the distress. Much of art is communication of ideas; some artists have done so very effectively, especially in films. However, no matter how effectively an idea or feeling is communicated, it is far from having the viewer experience that feeling or idea. An example would be watching Hitchcock's The Birds compared to being attacked by birds in the street.