Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Rough Draft - Final

This is my kind of structure, working chronologically through a day at rehearsal. I'm aiming to expand and clarify, as well as do another night of recording.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

For Zak and Kyle: Senior Thesis Work

I am working on an immersive installation that incorporates typography, sound and objects. The installation focuses on the grieving process, specifically communication between someone who is experiencing grief and someone who is not. Here is part of the audio that will be playing at my site.

Planetarium Draft 5

For Zak and Kyle- Boil (Final Project) Draft 2

This week, I rewrote my poem, trying to make it so that is has a stronger sense of a specific place.
 I also experimented with new melodies for the clips of singing that are to accompany the reading.
The pieces starts off describing a morning scene, and then transitions into a night scene.
I am wondering if these two parts are too separate, and if they might be better as separate, shorter pieces?
I also wonder if the piece would benefit from some kind of soft rhythmic instrumental sound that could consistently be heard behind the reading and singing.
Looking forward to any kind of feedback!

Extremely Rough Draft

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This is so so rough. I'm interviewing Deshaun on tuesday about music & this is just a sad attempt at a mashup of his 5 favorite songs to sing. Things will certainly start to come together when we can actually record!

The Weeknd (Wicked Games)
Kid Cudi (Day n Night)
The Game (My Life)
Nirvana (Smells Like Teen Spirit)
Drake (Ransom)

For Zak and Kyle: Planetarium

For Zak & Kyle: How Long is the Night?

New version with re-recorded narration.

For Kyle and Zak

For Zak and Kyle: Night Stories

(For those that have heard it x times before: I scrapped what I had as ambient noise and took out most of the music. Yay, nay? My fear is that the footsteps are too fast for the pace of the piece... Also, I won't be able to reinterview my dad until this Thursday)

Final Project: The Bittersweet Diet (or something...)

So this is my "appetite" inspired piece. I'm experimenting heavily with story structure here so I'd like to know if it works at all. I'm looking for a casette player so I can actually record how it would sound to rewind this stuff because I don't think it sounds very realistic. That said, does the structure make sense? And more importantly, does it leave you puzzling until it is resolved at the end or am I just hoping it does that?

Final Project Draft

This obviously needs to be cut down quite a bit but this is most of the tape I got for my final project. It is my Dad talking about his appetite for music and finding the "Sweet Note". I also have a bunch of recording of him playing the guitar in different ways to put in the beginning and end etc.

For Zak and Kyle: Electric Sand

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Learning Circle #4: Installations with Sound

Ann Hamilton 
The Event of a Thread 

Go ahead and check out both of the videos. In the first you get a glimpse of what the piece is like as an experience while the second is more of an installation explanation from the artist.

Still have questions?
Here’s another video to better understand the overall structure of the space.

Also, read this artist statement. It helps.
Because there are a lot of elements at work in the piece, Ann Hamilton’s writing is very illuminating and just a great little read.

Bill Fontana
Sonic Shadows
The video has quite a bit, actually a lot of text, explaining the piece so we’ll just let that speak for itself. 

Jim Green 
Laughing Escalator 
The best use of a laugh track I’ve ever seen.

Discussion Questions: 

The sound heard in both Ann Hamilton’s and Bill Fontana’s work depends on the point in time at which you encounter it. The aural experiences change from day to day, moment to moment in these pieces as opposed to Jim Green’s fixed track. How do you think the way in which the audience perceives and experiences the temporality of the audio and the performative/interactive nature of these two works differ from the third, if at all? What are the benefits and disadvantages of having a sound piece informed by an audience or a space?

How does the content of the audio/intention of the artist differ in each work?

How does the way in which the listener encounters the sound in the space (as a surprise in Jim’s, as a smaller abstraction in a larger work in Ann’s, as an immersive moment in Bill’s) change the role of the of the audio in each piece? Or maybe more simply put, what is the relationship between sound and site in each? How does the sound make you more or less aware of the space?

Google will bring to you many more!
Janet Cardiff 
Ben Rubin
Alan Berliner
Christina Kubisch
Max Neuhaus

Final Project Draft 1

Here is the draft for my final project. It's based off of a personal essay I wrote a couple months ago.
It's in very rough stages, but I'd like some feedback.

I plan on interweaving more clips like the ones from the introduction into the entire piece - having different layers. I'm wondering if you think it's a good idea to do so, or if I should focus more on the actual story being told. I also don't want to come across as being.. I don't know. I don't want you to feel sorry for me, or have a negative opinion of me. I don't want to sound cocky, but I'm trying to be as honest as possible in this piece. This is how I felt and what I thought. Maybe there are different ways I could word it, if it does sound like I'm full of myself or something. I don't know. Feedback?

Planetarium Final ___2 : Moss

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Final Project Draft Number One

So this is a very basic version of my final project, which is going on the guidelines of the 2013 shordocs challenge. I don't think scoring it with music is the way I want to go with it, but I've done it here just to see. I want to add sounds of food. I'm worried it's not all too exciting because I'm trying to cram quite a bit of info into the 2/3 minutes. On that note, is it even clear what is going on? Are the three "courses" clear enough? I want to try to distinguish those more as well.

Monday, April 1, 2013

New Draft

It sounds kind of dark right now, still working on it. Thought I'd post an update to get some feedback on the new idea.