Sep 24 | Noise & Music | Reaper 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)
- Arseni Avraamov’s fascinating biography on Monoskop.org
- “Engineering Noise Abatement” from The Soundscape of Modernity by Emily Thompson (p. 144-157)
- Introduce Cooper’s sound effects library
- Introduce audio editing and exporting in Reaper.
- 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.
- 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)
- In class today we introduced Reaper, a multi-track audio editor that you can download and evaluate for free (Mac & Windows) without time limits. If you continue to use it, you are morally obligated to spend $60 to register it. (In contrast Pro Tools has been the industry standard multi-track audio editor for years. It has artificial limitations, an outrageous price tag, and draconian copy-protection. Media professionals still use it because it works fine and they learned it in school. You don’t need to make the same mistake.)
• I suggest downloading the 32-bit version, not the 64-bit version (for plugin compatibility reasons)
• Reaper supports AU & VST format plugins on the Mac, and VST plugins on Windows. There are many free and inexpensive plugins produced for these formats, so look around the web periodically. Here’s a 3-part guide (from 2013) to get you started.
• Don’t forget to download the PDF Reaper User Guide.
• Check out the free Tutorials For Reaper on YouTube.
- 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.
- Burn (Mac only) is very similar to the popular CD/DVD burning app Toast, but free and open source.
- 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.
- Research & Resources
- Sep 03 | Sound As Phenomena
- … Exercise : “Reduced Listening”
- Sep 10 | Modernity | Recorders & Mics
- … Exercise: “Recording 101”
- Sep 17 | Physics | Installation Gear
- … Project 1: Portrait
- Sep 24 | Noise & Music | Reaper Intro
- Oct 01 | Reflections in Stereo | FX
- Oct 08 | CRIT Portrait Project
- … Project 2: Transformation
- Oct 15 | Resonance | Build Contact Mics
- Oct 22 | Sound + Self | Editing Questions
- Oct 29 | Radio and Synesthesia
- Nov 05 | CRIT Transformation
- … Project 3: NAFP
- Nov 12 | Massaging The Medium
- Nov 19 | Circuits | Proposals
- ! Nov 26 | No Class … Thanksgiving
- Dec 3 | CRIT Project 3 (NAFP)
- Dec 10 | Dream House (field trip)
- Dec 17 | Sharing Day
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