Monday 10th March

I have made several tubes out of paper all different lengths and taped together at the top.

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This is going to be a small tunnel for the popcorn to slide down into each container all at once making all different noises at once.

Different things I tipped down the tubes
-Popcorn
-Metal pieces
-Can tabs
-Cut up beer cans (into small squares)
-Marbles

I found all these items very different and appealing so I’m going to use them all in my performance

My Final Noise Maker

My final noise maker is made up of:

7 different types of containers
-Glass vase
-Big plastic lift bottle
-Tall plastic tube
-Very small v tin can
-Medium coca-cola tin can
-Small plastic sprite bottle
-Glass jar

7 paper tubes that go inside the containers.

And 5 different cups
-2 cups full of can tabs metal pieces and a few marbles
-2 cups full of popcorn
-1 cup full of marbles

These cups will be tipped into my noise maker and also chucked out in various parts of our performance

I also have a double bed sheet that i will chuck the stuff onto so it’s easier to clean up after the performance.

Photographs of my final noise maker

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Video of my sound maker working

Tuesday 4th March

I carried on to manipulate my object and continued to expand my noise maker.

Experimental Ideas

Water and Sand
Today I experimented a lot with water and sand to see if I could manipulate my sound maker. I found water completely took away my sound and sand also muted my sound a lot.

I will not be considering water or sand in my final sound maker.

Musical shakers
I also experimented by taping two different containers together with sound items inside and shaking them. I found that the noise was very plain and uninteresting.

The glass and can were the most interesting noise out of the ones I made.

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Tin and Can

Popcorn
I decided to try out another item to drop into the containers. The sound was very strange and I may consider using this in my final noise maker

Long tubed
I also tried to make really super long tubes to see if it would make the sound louder or more interesting but it was just the same as the little tubes

Notes
I found that taping my containers together made it easier to tip things into them.

Monday 3rd March

NOTES

Sound artists we looked at in class
– I found these artists very interesting

Luigi Russolo

http://www.ubu.com/sound/russolo_l.html

Phil Dadson -dadsonics

http://www.sonicsfromscratch.co.nz/dadsonics.php

Phil Dadson really interested me because of how weird and strange his sounds were. I had only really thought about really normal bang and crash types of sounds and this really made me think about how I can change my objects to make a really crazy and different sound.

Rebecca horn

http://www.deluxxe.com/beat/fluxusworkbook.pdf

Judy dunaway – sound with balloons

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How the voice can be used as an instrument
-Yelling
-Screaming
-Coughing
-Whispering
-Yawning
-Blowing

How could we incorporate our voices into our performance

-Blowing into the different tubes
-Blowing paper

IND STUDY

Bang, scrape , blow objects with various tools.

-This video shows a range of different noises that the different types of objects make when dropped into the containers.

I tried banging, dropping and throwing the different containers to see what noise they would make but I found dropping different items into the containers made the best noise.

How might they be changed to enhance or add noise?

-Dropping the items from a higher point
-Throwing it with force into the collection of containers
-Dropping it all at once into all the containers
-Tip things out of the containers
-Shake containers
-Amplification

Saturday 1st March

Independent study

What is Musique Concrete?

Musique Concrete is a form of electro acoustic and the experimental technique of musical composition using recorded sounds as raw material. The assemblage of various natural sounds to produce an aural montage.
Musique Concrete was among the earliest uses of electronic means to extend the composers sound resources.

Three visual artists that use sound.

One
Jana winderen

Jana Winderen travels all around the world to collect natural sounds inaccessible to the human ear.

She makes her compositions and installations from the material of her recordings. “The pieces,” she has written, “develop by listening again and again and slowly, slowly collaging things together, more like sculpting than writing.”

She records the sounds of certain species such as bats, fish, and underwater insects and pitched these transmissions down to the human range, allowing us to experience sonic realities that are otherwise out of reach.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=z9WB1qFw6oY

http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2013/soundings/artists/15/works/

Two
Luke Fowler

Luke Fowler is known for using fragments of landscapes and objects to project and magnify frequently invisible elements that allow even the simplest actions to occur. His work is quite dark and scary.

Some of his sounds include projections of rippling water and reflections on glass.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4pg606zTYFg

http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2013/soundings/artists/1/works/

Three
Toshiyn Tsunoda

Toshiya Tsunoda is a field recordist who records the unusual vibrations in a specific place. Exploring naturally occurring sounds in particularly unique ways.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm-fAOM-jJ8

http://www.musicofsound.co.nz/blog/toshiya-tsunoda-field-recordist-extraordinaire

Tuesday 25th February

Three objects each that relate to ourselves.

Three objects each that relate to ourselves.

Refine your objects

  • Art book
  • Tin can
  • Round cylinder
  • What sounds do these objects make 

      Dropping different objects into a range of different cylinders and getting a range of sounds

      Different cylinders could be:
      -Cans
      -Glass jars
      -Plastic bottles
      -Tubes
      -Pipe
      -Metal
      -Rubber

      Big or small

      We studied John Cage 4 min 33 in class

      This performance piece focused on the diegetic sounds generated by the audience.Cages composition is not the focus of the performance but used as a tool to get the audience to tune into sounds they would otherwise ignore.

      E.g. Stray cough or scuffing of feet.

      “Wherever we are, what we hear is mostly noise. When we ignore it, it disturbed us. When we listen to it, we find it fascinating”
      John Cage. “The future of music”

      I didn’t really understand what John cage was trying to show at first until I did a little bit or research about why he did this. I then started to understand more about the idea of this piece and why he did it.

      study work

      What is Musique Concrete?

      Name and write about 3 Visual artists who work with sound.

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    Monday 24th February

    Art Lab class

    Mihimihi: Make some noise

    We went out outside to a random place and sat down for 10minutes and listened to all the sounds this is what we heard

    Aeroplane hovering in the distance
    People talking
    Car engines
    Squeal of car wheels
    Skateboard across the gravel
    Trees rustling

    Pick random items that can make sound out of

    A Hardcover book

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    Sound functions
    -Ripping pages
    -Slamming it shut
    -flicking through pages

    My relation to this object: My old drawing book

    Tin Cans

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    Sound functions
    -Throwing it on a wall
    -Dropping it
    -Rolling it on the ground
    -Dropping things into it

    My relationship to this object: I like spaghetti

    Plastic cylinder

    Sound functions
    -Bending it
    -Crushing it
    -Dropping items into it

    My relationship to this object: I found it
    I used this object in my final noise maker
    Wine bottle

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    Sound functions
    -Smashing it
    -Putting things inside it and shaking it
    -Banging two together

    My relationship to this object: I like to drink wine

    Ping Pong Balls

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    Sound functions
    -Hitting them on objects
    -Dropping loads at once

    My relationship to this object: I like to play ping pong