This week was a time for a final consultation with the tutors and a check-up on the ideas that you have towards presenting the final product. I am still wanting to work with and play with sounds or soundscapes in particular spaces and see If I can change the feeling and vibe of a space. This idea is quite challenging and is something that I have been thinking about for the last few weeks.
The consultation this week with the tutors gave me some more things to look at and think about for the project, especially in relation to how it will look as a finished product and what sounds that I want to showcase in my work. The question of whether or not my project will work with a narrative, be subverted, have closed of open sounds (being able to hear the outside sounds through the headphones or not), big or small sounds and how these connections will be made between the spaces and the sounds I am thinking about putting in them.
This week I further brainstormed the medium of sound and wrote down what I was thinking about working on for the final project. This week I looked into what sounds I would like to use in my final project and where I would like them to be in the spaces. I also looked into what spaces I would like to use to present my final project and came up with a few that I wanted to use like the entry of the media building, the canteen and lunch space and maybe the outside courtyard. Other places like underneath the staircase were also considered as I think it would be interesting to make a smaller space in a large space.
This week we talked about how and where we will be presenting our final projects. I found that because my work will not be presented on a screen or have a set place I didn’t really need to write my name down and fight for space like other years.
I found that this week I did a lot of research into sound mapping and working on that website that I talked about last week. Over the week I have been receiving emails from the website with information on people updating it and putting their own sounds on the map. I found myself listening to these updated sounds and further exploring the website and its contents.
This week we also had some time to sit with our original groups and talk about our projects and how far along we were with them. I ended up working with one of my group members on their project by helping them create their prototype which was a cloud made out of cotton balls while also playing around with projecting images on to it. Read More »
Taking elements from my research in these blog posts (1 & 2), I have come to the conclusion that playing with the elements of natural vs man-made and the idea of these being put in places they arent from would be an interesting concept to explore.
When discussing and brainstorming my ideas with my group some ideas and examples were pitched. Ideas that were suggested included showing the physicality of sound, so working with waveforms and the differences that are found between them in environments by using spectrograms (like Bernie Krause explored in his TEDTalk) or even using elements like water or rice to highlight these.
While researching the field of sound, I have come across a few of artists who have peaked my interest and had me thinking about my up and coming project for this semester. Artists who work in the field of sound have come up with a variety of different ways to showcase their talents and allow what they hear – be it minuscule or outright loud – to be explored in a way that engages audiences and encourages sounds to be head in a different light.
While researching artists and their practices I came across Leah Barclay who is an Australian sound artist, composer and researcher. She specialises in electroacoustic music, acoustic ecology and emerging fields of biology exploring environmental patterns and changes through sound.Read More »
There are a number of opportunities for people who are interested in pursuing the art of a sound/audio engineer. Someone who wants to work in the audio production industry has the chance to work in a highly technical or unusual industry. From film scores to virtual reality, sound production careers cross a wide variety of areas in the industry that rests at the heart of art, audience and it’s ever-changing technologies.Read More »
Sound art has undergone a transformation since the introduction of digital technology, and one theme that unites the contemporary understanding of field recording is listening and how listening can be successfully transmitted. Doing some research into the practice of recording sound, specifically field recording and sounds in digital and analogue art forms many artists and individuals appear. Everyone in this art form has different takes of the artistic practice of sound which is definitely seen through their work.