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d.Maps: Lab 4 Musique


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d.Maps: Lab 4 Musique

  1. 1. d.Maps: Design Cultural Maps Lab 4 [email_address]
  2. 2. Agenda
  3. 3. Project 2 Results <ul><li>I tried… </li></ul><ul><li>I learned… </li></ul><ul><li>I felt </li></ul>
  4. 4. Testing <ul><ul><ul><li>Ask : What are you thinking? Why? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reflect : What is their first impression? What’s working? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ask : How would you do [x] task…? (repeat) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reflect : What new errors, problems, questions have emerged? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ask : How would you change [x] task…?(repeat) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reflect : What unexpected things are happening? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Musique concrète Mapping the Sound of Space
  6. 6. Musique concrète - beginnings <ul><li>Pierre Schaeffer (1910-1995) </li></ul><ul><li>Forbidden from studying music, got a job at a radio station as an engineer. </li></ul><ul><li>The phonogene – variable speed playback… </li></ul>
  7. 7. Studio d’essai – Experimental Studio <ul><li>Tape manipulation, electronic music controllers, spacialized playback… </li></ul><ul><li>Étude aux Chemains de Fer (1942) </li></ul>
  8. 8. 1942 & Étude aux Chemins de Fer <ul><li>Study with Railroads ( lit. Study with the Ways of Iron) </li></ul><ul><li>Deconstructivism, Derrida. Taken out of physical/spatial context, sound can be read as “text,” and new meaning </li></ul><ul><li>(or no meaning) can be ascribed to it. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Music in Modernity / Inspiration <ul><li>Where does inspiration come from? </li></ul><ul><li>Romantic – from the divine, from nature. Artist as conduit. </li></ul><ul><li>Modern – from the world, the intellect. Artist as navigator. </li></ul><ul><li>Post-Modern – from art. Artist as synthesizer. </li></ul>
  10. 10. How does this relate to mapping? Layers : Routing : Time
  11. 11. Layers <ul><li>Alvin Lucier – </li></ul><ul><li>I Am Sitting In A Room </li></ul><ul><li>Sitting in a room, Lucier records his speaking voice.  </li></ul><ul><li>This recording is played back in the room and recorded again and again… </li></ul><ul><li>… the resonant frequencies and reverb profile of the room render the sounds unrecognizable. </li></ul><ul><li>Recursion! </li></ul><ul><li>Layering filters – layering sounds is widespread in contemporary music. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Routing <ul><li>Christina Kubisch </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic Walks (2003) </li></ul><ul><li>Created special headphones which convert ambient electromagnetic fields to sound. </li></ul><ul><li>Designed walks through electromagnetically active areas. </li></ul><ul><li>“ The perception of everyday reality changes when one listens to the electrical fields; what is accustomed appears in a different context. Nothing looks the way it sounds. And nothing sounds the way it looks.” </li></ul>
  13. 13. Time <ul><li>William Basinski - Disintigration Loops (2003) </li></ul><ul><li>Old magnetic tape degrades over time. </li></ul><ul><li>Playing tape back scrapes off information encoded in ferrite… </li></ul><ul><li>He recorded the sounds of the tape being played on a continuous loop, as it disintegrated into white noise. </li></ul><ul><li>PS: this happened during 9/11…musique concrète as soundtrack to disaster? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Aleatoric music <ul><li>Music composed using elements of chance… </li></ul><ul><li>John Cage – used I Ching, coin toss (Music of Changes) </li></ul><ul><li>4’33”… </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>“ I have nothing to say </li></ul><ul><li>and I am saying it </li></ul><ul><li>and that is poetry </li></ul><ul><li>as I needed it” </li></ul><ul><li>-John Cage </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>… so where does inspiration come from? </li></ul>
  17. 17. Some more contemporary musique concrète <ul><li>Stephen Wilkinson (Bibio) - London Planes (2004) - compare to Etude aux Chemins de Fer… </li></ul><ul><li>Nick Zammuto + Paul de Jong (The Books) - Enjoy Your Worries, You May Never Have Them Again... Read, Eat, Sleep (2002) </li></ul>
  18. 18. Reeling it in… <ul><li>How can layering change the qualities of component layers? How do overlapping entities interact? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we combine temporal events with spatial entities? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we reveal hidden information? (electronic walks, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Can we utilize aleatoric techniques in our design process? </li></ul>
  19. 19. References <ul><li>Slide 2: </li></ul><ul><li>(Photo: Serge Lido): </li></ul><ul><li>P.Schaeffer~childhood: &quot;Pierre Schaeffer & Pierre Henry: Pioneers in Sampling&quot;. Unknown author (reproduction via Diliberto, John 2005: Electronic Musician) 1986: Electronic Musician. Retrieved September 30 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 3: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 4: </li></ul><ul><li>battle of midway: (Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.) </li></ul><ul><li>train: </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 7: </li></ul><ul><li>Alivin Lucier : </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 8: </li></ul><ul><li>Christina Kubisch : </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>sllde 9: </li></ul><ul><li>William Basinski : </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 10: </li></ul><ul><li>John Cage: </li></ul>
  20. 21. Challenge <ul><li>Design a EMF sound map in 1 hour </li></ul>
  21. 22. POV <ul><li>Tess La is a first year physics student learning about electromagnetic fields. She wants to explore EMF disturbances in her neighborhood </li></ul>
  22. 27. Transition
  23. 28. Debrief <ul><li>I like </li></ul><ul><li>I wish </li></ul><ul><li>How to </li></ul>
  24. 29. Credits <ul><li>Material adapted from </li></ul><ul><li>Special thanks to Geoff Morris for adaptation of Christina Kubisch’s Electrical Walk project </li></ul>