As a group, you will create a 45 minute long 'sound collage' reflecting on your travels to and from the L.A. Art Book Fair. Through the use of sound recording alone, you will investigate and try to capture the experience of yourself and the people around you on your journey. Using the examples below as points of departure, think about how language can be broken down into sound, how sound could be used to create a disembodied 'visual', and how listening can become active.
You can use the following open-ended structure to help organize your recording.
Divide yourself into groups of 2-3:
Beyond thinking about how each of these concepts can relate to geography and place, for example:
OUTSIDE OUTSIDE Journey to the LAABF
OUTSIDE INSIDE Arriving outside of LAABF
INSIDE INSIDE The experience inside of the book fair
INSIDE OUTSIDE The space outside of the book fair after your have experienced it
OUTSIDE OUTSIDE Journey home
Think also how these concepts can relate to a greater political, cultural, social context.
Each section has a recording of at least: Person, Place, Thing.
Each section has someone reading from something.
A recording of each of your voices.
Interview a stranger
Record something without permission
Record 1 unknown sound (heard or made)
Wed. Feb 22 –
Break off into groups, develop ideas for each direction
Thurs. Feb 24 – Sun. Feb 25
Complete rough 9 min edit for each section
Thurs March 1 –
Compile and present rough edit
In Class: Finalize
"The sudden change of ambiance in a street within the space of a few meters; the evident division of a city into zones of distinct psychic atmospheres; the path of least resistance which is automatically followed in aimless strolls (and which has no relation to the physical contour of the ground); the appealing or repelling character of certain places - all this seems to be neglected."
Guy Debord, ' Introduction to a Critique of Urban Geography'
The Dérive ("drift" in english) was a theory put forth by french theorist and writer Guy Debord in 1956. He describes the dérive as an unplanned journey through an urban landscape in which the participants step outside of their everyday relationships with the city and "let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there". The intention is to step outside of everyday familiarity and playfully de-familiarize yourself with yourself and your surroundings.
In 1967 the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould released a radio documentary called Idea of North. Gould explored what the North means to a variety of characters who have some kind of relationship with it, either through living there or studying it. The show presented these multiple perspectives in a layered, colliding format with music and multiple conversations sometimes happening at once. He called this techique contrapuntal radio – a term that comes from music, where two type of melody are played over each other simultaneosly.
Paul Elliman, is interested in how the human voice has been mediated – originally through typography and now as a recorded object. His project Sirens Taken for Wonders consists of several walking tours around New York City in search of sirens while looking at the impact of noise on urban life and culture.