Wednesday March 5, 2014

Music is the best means we have of digesting time – w. h. Auden

On Digesting Time….

Divide into groups of 2 or 3.  (Each group should have at least one artist and one musician.)

In your found sound collages, each of you will have to determine how you want to use/explore/structure time.  Even if you already have a sense for your approach, take this opportunity to consider all available options.

  1. As a group, brainstorm 10 different approaches to time, including both explicit structural ideas – like Reich’s looping/gradually getting out of phase in It’s Gonna Rain – as well as more conceptual approaches – such as engaging collective memory, in Steinski’s The Motorcade Goes On.  Find examples for each.
  2. Choose two contrasting approaches to time.  Compare and contrast the pieces you found as examples for these approaches.  Consider how these different approaches impact the effect of these works.

Rotating Partners Proposal Feedback (~15 min rotations)

In order to improve upon your proposal drafts, we’re devoting a chunk of time to getting as much feedback as possible on your initial ideas.  To that end, discuss your project, including your inspiration, goals, the potential content, and structure/approach to time. Also, any questions/concerns.  Spend about 7 minutes per project.  We’ll then rotate partners.


Your formal project proposals are due this Friday by 5 pm.  This is a firm deadline! Your formal proposals should be ~750 words, and include:

  1. Inspiration: three pieces that have inspired your work (include a link and description of their influence)
  2. Conceptual framework: what is the work about? Why is it interesting?
  3. Content: a list of source sounds, as well as descriptions of how you plan to use these sounds
  4. Time/Structure: How you will approach time in your work? (Everyone: address time in terms of structure, perhaps with a diagram/map or a script.  If relevant, also discuss conceptual approach to time…in terms of memory/narrative/etc.)
  5. Effect: what is the listening experience that you are trying to create?  How do you want people to listen? What do you want them to experience?

Use what you already have drafted, but expand on it based on conversations with your classmates, and the additional information I’ve asked for, above.

Happy (almost!) break!


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