Sep 25 | Noise and Music | PT Intro
Read Before Class
- Script for “Symphony of Sirens” by Arseni Avraamov (WI p. 245-252)
- “The Future of Music: A Credo” by John Cage (available here)
- “The Art of Noise” by Luigi Russolo, 1913 (ubuweb PDF)
- “A Beginner’s Guide to Pro Tools” (customized for Cooper Film/Video students from the original blog post at radio journalism site transom.org.)
- “Engineering Noise Abatement” from The Soundscape of Modernity by Emily Thompson (p. 144-157)
- Introduce Cooper’s sound effects library
- Discuss noise and the way it was rejected and accepted, aestheticized and modified by 20th century artists and composers
- Explore the percussive symphonic noise of Edgard Varése, the mimicry of Russolo’s Intonarumori, the actualities of Musique Concrete, and John Cage’s embrace of all sounds as inherently musical.
- Introduction to Pro Tools and CD-burning.
- Cage documentary from “4 American Composers” series
(dir. Peter Greenaway, available on ubuweb)
- Varése – “Ionizations” (alternate version on ubuweb)
- Russolo – Intonarumori samples (on ubuweb)
- Schaeffer – “Etude Aux Chemins De Fer”
AKA “Railroad Study” (excerpt on youtube)
- Cage – “Williams Mix” (excerpt on media art net)
- Every New Year’s Eve at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, you can recreate “Symphony of the Sirens” thanks to their chief mechanical engineer and his collection of whistles. Seriously!
- Space Calculated in Seconds by Marc Treib. A book describing the Philips pavilion at the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair (focusing on Poeme Electronique and the work of Le Corbusier, Iannis Xenakis, and Edgard Varése).
- An in-depth blog entry about Poeme Electronique.
- John Cage’s excellent book, Silence.
- In class today we introduce Pro Tools, the industry-standard multi-track audio editor. Pro Tools has artificial limitations and an outrageous price tag, but media professionals still use it. There are free/cheap alternatives and some are also open source which is better in the long term.
Free/Cheap Alternatives to Pro Tools:
- Reaper (Win, Mac) is a multitrack editor that rivals Pro Tools. There is a fully-functional free trial that does not expire. (If you like it, buy it.)
- Ardour (Linux, Mac) is a free open source multitrack editor. It’s a bit complex and daunting, but it’s also very powerful. Note that you are required to donate something ($1 is OK) before you can download the latest Mac version, so you need a paypal account.
- Audacity (Linux, Mac, Win) is a free open source editor that makes sense if you just want to edit the length of something, or apply simple changes like loudness. I would not suggest using it for multi-track mixing, even though it does support such things.
- Of course, you can use Garage Band, Logic, Nuendo or anything else.
- Burn (Mac only) is very similar to the popular CD/DVD burning app Toast, but free and open source.
- Sep 04 | Sound As Phenomena
- … Exercise : “Reduced Listening”
- Sep 11 | Modernity | Recorders & Mics
- … Exercise: “Recording 101”
- Sep 18 | Physics | Installation Gear
- … Project 1: Portrait
- Sep 25 | Noise and Music | PT Intro
- Oct 02 | Reflections in Stereo | PT FX
- Oct 09 | CRIT Portrait Project
- … Project 2: Transformation
- Oct 16 | Resonance | Build Contact Mics
- Oct 23 | Sound and Self | PT Questions
- Oct 30 | CRIT Transformation
- … Project 3: NAFP
- Nov 06 | Radio and Synesthesia
- Nov 13 | Circuits | Proposals
- Nov 20 | Massaging The Medium
- ! Nov 27 | No Class … Thanksgiving
- Dec 04 | CRIT Project 3
- Dec 11: Dream House (field trip)
- Dec 18 | Sharing Day
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