Mar 01 | Noise & Music | Analog Media


Read Before Class

Optional:

In Class

Bring several 12″ records that you are willing to destroy and remake.

Look in thrift stores like the Salvation Army near Cooper. They have records in the basement.

  • 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.
  • Explore the physicality of phonography and its potential for modification. (DIY record lathes, sonification of other vibratory phenomena…)
  • Break and remake LP records to make fractured aural collages
  • Make cassette or 1/4″ tape loops and experiment with the physicality of linear media.
  • Discuss how limitations can become assets in recording, embracing noise within process

Screening

  • Russolo – Intonarumori samples (on ubuweb)
  • Varése – “Ionizations” (alternate version on ubuweb)
  • Schaeffer – “Etude Aux Chemins De Fer” AKA “Railroad Study” (excerpt on youtube)
  • Cage – “Williams Mix” (excerpt on media art net)
  • Cage documentary from “4 American Composers” series
    (dir. Peter Greenaway, available on ubuweb)
  • Christian Marclay mini-documentary and performance on YouTube and article from Frieze Magazine
  • Maria Chavez getting amazing variation from one record and a DJ mixer at End Tymes Festival in 2012.
  • Walter Kitundu’s instruments that incorporate turntables.
  • Yasunao Tone’s bio page from his label, Asphodel (includes a sample of his “wounded CD” music.)
  • Alyce Santoro’s “sonic fabric” (and a related YouTube video that Pierre Schaeffer might enjoy)
  • Laurie Anderson invented the Tape-Bow Violin (with recorded tape in place of horse-hair and a tape-head on the instrument.) Example on ubuweb.
  • Steve Reich’s early tape music (“Come Out”, “It’s Gonna Rain”)
  • Burroughs and Brion Gysin cut-up recordings (ubuweb)
  • John Oswald’s remixed audio book “The Case of Death by Agatha Smith” and “Power”, a 1975 track that combines a charismatic preacher with Led Zeppelin’s “The Wanton Song” (both available on the CD “Plunderphonics 69/96“)
  • Automamusic film by Aura Satz (link to excerpt on The Wire magazine website)

Further Research