1. NOISE / SILENCE listening exercise
Each one of you has been assigned a one-hour (approx.) track or set of tracks to listen to, which will help you meditate on the concepts of NOISE and SILENCE.
Identify various ways in which noise functions. Is the noise on an acoustical level, or does it pertain to something else? Locate as many meanings of noise within your particular listening assignment. See some possible conceptions of noise below.
Listen to the tracks several times.
Bring to class a list of 3 (or more) perspectives on NOISE and SILENCE, and how they complicate each other.
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?
2. PROJECT THREE intro
Sound, Noise, Effect, Intervention: Critique December 2
This intervention will be based on the work we have been doing interrogating the nature of noise and silence AND your research on sonic effects. Your project will involve an intervention into a public space that negotiates the boundaries between noise and silence, relational concepts with a multiplicity of potentials. Draw from any of the selected interpretations below, as well as interpretations of your own.
You can choose any sonic effect 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 (March 27): in two weeks, come to class ready to present a proposal for discussion
Step 2: CRITIQUE (April 3): 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 (April 10).
3. LISTENING TO YOUR SILENCE PROJECTS
FOR NEXT WEEK
CRITIQUE OF SOUNDCLOUD PORTFOLIOS!