Assignment 2: Part 1 Due September 13th; Part 2 due September 20th

Our next assignment, in two Parts, will be with us for the next two weeks.

Part 1, due next Thursday Sept. 13th, is the construction of a soundfile library, a collection of individual sounds for use in a musique concrète “study” piece due the following week, Thursday Sept 21st.

Part 1: due next Thursday Sept. 13th

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 15-20 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. See my own soundfile library (sflib) for examples.

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. These might be variants of each of the files above, or a series of variants of a small number from #1, even of one individual soundfile.

You should turn in a ZIP-ped archive containing a folder (and any organizing subfolders) of the sounds made in #1, and 2.

Part 2: due Thursday Sept 20th

3. Using 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”, following our discussion of Pierre Schaeffer’s and Pierre Henry’s musique concrète. This little “piece” can and should be short, around 30 sec – 1 minute. We will be using Abelton Live.

The result will be a WAV of AIFF audio mixdown of you piece, exported from Abelton Live, as well as the Abelton Live project used to create the piece. Again, ZIP these contents for easy upload to the website.

Note that you need not use all or even most of the sounds from your library when constructing your Part 2 mix. In some cases, you may even use one or two, depending on your idea and methods of manipulation.


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