Assignment 2: Due Thursday, September 15th

This week’s assignment is in several parts and will be with us for the next TWO weeks. Nothing is due next Thursday, but I encourage you to begin now on #1 and #2, in particular, giving yourself time to develop your thinking toward your first short “study” piece (#3). We will discuss the historical context, referred to as musique concrète, at Tuesday’s lecture.

1. With the in-studio recording techniques discussed so far and/or with the handheld recorders available at the Cox Music Library reservation desk, record and edit together a small “sound file library”, a collection of individual sounds suitable for use as samples in a short piece or “study” (see #3 below). You may use whatever sound making resources you like: instruments, objects, voices, etc. Please look toward creating around 10-15 individual sound files. I recommend organizing your sounds into meaningful categories with folders and subfolders (for example: pitched,  unpitched, long, short, ambient, percussive, etc). Think of the library as something you might even share with others, wanting them to be able to navigate and use your sounds.

2. Using one or more of the collected sound files in #1, generate a series of manipulated (stretched, reversed, pitch shifted, etc) sounds. Look toward creating another 10-15 of these in addition to the “raw”, edited, soundfiles.

3. Using all of the sounds you created in #1 and #2 in addition to samples from CEMC’s own sound file library (studio “Sound disk” –> sflib), create a short “mix” or “etude/study” in the style of Pierre Schaeffer’s musique concrète. This little “piece” can and should be short, around 30 sec – 1 minute. We will be using Abelton Live.

Note that you need not use all or even most of the sounds from your library when constructing your #3 mix. In some cases, you may even use one or two, depending on your idea and methods of manipulation.

You should turn in 1) a folder or collection of organized folders containing the individual sounds made in #1, and 2) a WAV of AIFF audio mixdown of you piece, exported from Abelton Live. I recommend putting the whole thing in a containing folder and ZIP-ing it up before uploading.

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