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only zombies live in new york city.

come back home, please

– z

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little sawyer has been sick for a while now. she hasn’t been able to keep food down for the past two days. i hope we don’t have to go to the hospital like last mother’s day…

sound project number 2

so, with this project i tried to conceptually tried to create a soundscape of my mind using recorded noises from my home. The repetitive-ness of this is based on the fact that my life with a family has become stuck in a rhythm of in some sense “mundane” doxa. And it’s frustrating when I used to be so spontaneous and random and now I’m forced to be practical and scheduled. blah. which is one of the reasons I want to get out of here. Anyhow, I recorded two voice tracks, white noise from home, and my daughter’s xylophone.

I’m thinking about dropping out.

Assignment 50 & 51

Sorry it’s late, Golan!

I read the article by Luigi Russolo called ‘The Art of Noises’ written in 1913. So, just as my generation for the most part has never experienced life without computing technology, Russolo’s generation was born into a machine world and it’s only appropriate that the generation question the technology and it’s capabilities. What’s interesting to see how much convincing Russolo had to do in order to prove his point that we can make music out of anything and everything with the right composition; which today, I feel, is common knowledge… Sounds like the music world was just as stubborn as the art world. I thought it was funny that throughout the essay Russolo said that traditional music instruments could only make so many sounds and tones and that now it’s just plain boring. I also ran into his compositions on UBU!

The second article I read was “Noise Water Meat” by Douglas Khan. I wasn’t thrilled with the entire article itself, but two things struck me as most interesting. The first was this image of The Soundscape. And I was really taken by the area of human audibility that wasn’t touched by Western music art. I’m curious to see how much of this has changed with sythe music and pop high freq songs.

soundscapeThe second interesting point made by Khan was the idea that there’s always a line between music and noise. And even though one might use noise to create harmonies or traditional melodic tunes, or manipulate noise to make it sound musical, we don’t unsegregate the two types of sounds. I will admit, that the amplitude and frequency of the noise does have a huge stake for me to consider it music (enjoyable or tolerable to my ears) or noise (annoying to my ears). The higher the amplitude and freqency the noisier it gets.

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