Monday, March 18, 2013

Learning Circle #2 Experimental

Assigned Listening:

John Cage "Rozart Mix"
The score for Rozart Mix consists of 12 tape recorders and a minimum of 88 tape loops; the loops may be of any sounds.

Laurie Anderson "The Ouija Board"
From a primarily spoken-word album created in 1995, uses voice alteration and background music heightened at certain times.

Radiolab - Musical Language www.radiolab.orgIn this hour of Radiolab, we examine the line between language and music.
Listen to the introduction to this radiolab piece about musical language. It isn't so much in an experimental format, but it shows how small changes like repetition can transform a simple phrase into song.
Here is a whole podcast about experimental podcasts which features 5 sound artists using the same medium in very different ways.

Things to think about:
What kind of mood did John Cage's piece put you in? How did it change as the piece continued? There was very little spoken word in the piece, could you put meaning to the tape? Or not?
Comparatively, what moods did Anderson's piece evoke? Did you find the music in the background distracting? Or did it add suspense? How did you react to the ouija board voice?

From the radiolab piece: Do you think the content of the line is received differently after looping it over and over again? How do you think this technique could be used in other work? What do you think that could achieve? and from the experimental podcasts?
What podcast did you find most compelling?
What do you think a traditional podcast sounds like and how you think these artists pushed away from that?

For more:
Pirate Radio, Rick Moody, Emily Botein, Shere DeLys (under Resources on ctools)
Gregory Whitehead, Ice Music (under Resources)
UBU Web: sound (a huge collection of historical and contemporary sound artists)
A brief history of sound art (New Music Box)
Examples on
Joe Frawley
Julius Knipl Radio Cartoons (a few are posted under Resources on ctools)
Paper Radio
Duplex Planet series, David Greenberger

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