Sound, Noise, Intervention: Critique DECEMBER 4
Your intervention will involve a series of actions executed in a public space that take into consideration the acoustic qualities of the site as well as its functional and social components. Your intervention should be geared towards altering the normal functioning of the space, and therefore altering the behaviors that take place within it.
To help focus your intervention, choose any two sonic effects from the following list: Anticipation, Chain, Cocktail, Cut Out, Deburau, Decontextualization, Delocalization, Desynchronization, Imitation, Incursion, Intrusion, Mask, Niche, Repetition, Reverberation, Synchronization, Wave.
Details on each can be found in Sonic Experience.
Your performance / intervention must take place in a public space (indoor / outdoor).
Step 1: PROPOSAL (Nov. 27): next week, come to class ready to present a proposal for discussion
Step 2: CRITIQUE (Dec. 4): bring to class aural documentation of your intervention using a good-quality audio recorder. If your intervention is extended, pick a 5-minute segment to play.
Step 3: WRITE-UP: A 1000-word write-up will be due the week after class by email (Dec. 11).
conceptions of noise
NOISE as something out of one’s CONTROL
NOISE as DISTRACTION
NOISE as DEVIATION
NOISE as EXCESS
NOISE as RELATIONAL CONCEPT
NOISE as PROCESS
NOISE as CULTURALLY RELATIVE
NOISE as INEPTITUDE
NOISE as INEFFICIENCY
NOISE as SOMETHING OUT-OF-PLACE
NOISE as the PRIVATE MADE PUBLIC
NOISE as a PARASITE THAT RIDES ALONG WITH THE SIGNAL
NOISE is WHAT CANNOT BE EVALUATED
as well as the following questions:
What occurs in the background? Can it ever be consciously accessed?
How can you learn to listen peripherally? What could you do with that new ability?
How does the game of attention-grabbing function today, in a world of dense sensory stimulation?
What are some of the new ways in which signals cut through noise?
Can distraction—considered a negative condition—have positive aspects?
What new ways of being/living are made possible through distraction?
Can something can be noisy without being loud?