Family Evolution Remix

Final Remix from Jennifer Knight on Vimeo.

Here is what Tory and I created for our remix project. It is an evolution life using all of our families, and we put it in a photo album format.

On a side note, I have no idea why the video refuses to embed.

-Jennifer

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blog 12–dj spooky

DJ Spooky mentions the phrase, “the changing same”.  What he goes on to say is that the “changing same” is a phrase Amiri Baraka coined which means, creating different versions of everything that already exists and changing these versions constantly.  Basically they are making changes, but it all come from the same foundation.

He encourages young composers to think about the world around them.  He is saying that we, as young composers, grew up with an understanding of technology.  It is part of our culture now, and not just something reserved for the select few. He says, “They aren’t alienated from theses technological and geographical phenomenon, they are born into them.”   I take this to mean that we are born with the basic understanding of the technologies that enable us to remix/change something.  So he’s asking why we’re looking backwards and using the same stuff like the 12-tone music and Wagner.  All movie soundtracks shouldn’t sound the same because we are clearly capable of so much more.   We can create something new, so we shouldn’t be hearing the same soundtrack or beat “day after day, night after night.”

Something he said on page 28 stuck with me.  He says that we all internalize our environments differently, and how we interpret it is unique to us.  He says, “who is going to control how the information eventually resurfaces?” and “At the end of the day it’s all about reprocessing the world around you…we’re never going to remember anything exactly the way it happened.”  I think this relates back to his lecture about young composers who need to think about the world around them.  We have to pay attention to the world, and create something from it. We all relate to it differently so everything we come up with will be different.  He says back on page 16 that we “haven’t engaged how much we can hear”.  Our entire environment is available to us for creation and we’ve taken it all in, but we haven’t truly engaged with it.  For me this goes back to what it means to remix.  Taking things and completely changing them to mean something else, something new.  Basically there are no excuses to keep everything constant.  Everything in this world is up to interpretation and we have the tools we need to do it. He’s saying that we have access to the technology, the environment around us, and the individual brain power that allows us different interpretations.

My question is this.  Even if you are remixing to make something new, it’s all coming from technically the same thing that was already in existence. Even if an artist is drawing inspiration from something already in place, his work is not entirely new if it is based off of something else.  Is there anything out there that’s truly novel and completely new?

tips for organized & speedy editing!

I have found a few and helpful, time-saving tips for Audacity that I thought I’d share. The first one has to do with the editing process. It can be very daunting to begin to edit with your entire recording laid out in front of you. The first thing you want to do is listen to your project and make some notes on the points of time which need editing.  You can use Audacity to make these notes. To do this, you click on tracks, add new, label track.   

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To add a label you just click inside the new label track and type. So now you have points where you want to edit.

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To create a label for an entire section rather than just a point, click the right triangle and drag across.

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To add labels while you’re listening, you can hit “Ctrl M” on Windows, or “Cmd .” on Mac.

Next, you might find that you want to listen to your project faster–this way if you have hours of recordings, it won’t take you as long to listen through it. You can speed up the playback to 1.5 times faster or whatever speed you prefer. The voices will sound a little funny (mostly like chipmunks), but you’ll still be able to hear what’s said. You can do this by going up to the button that looks like this:

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Adjust the slider to your desired speed. To play it at the speed you’ve set, you have to hit the green play button next to the slider. Hitting the normal play button will not have any effect.

Now you’ve probably listened to your recordings and made little notes as to where you want to edit. This is good. The next thing, however, that most people do is begin editing from the start of the recording.  This can really mess up your project, especially if you’ve made notes according to the time.  If you take a chunk out of the beginning, the audio will have been shortened, and all of your time points will have rippled back.  So to allow for this, you want to do what’s called “backwards” editing.  This means you start from the end of your project and edit that first, and work your way toward the beginning.

Hope these tips help speed up your editing process!!

JK

who am i? analysis

I listened to the podcast “Who am I?”.  I think that this particular one had some good elements in it that I will be able to integrate into my own audio project.  It was put together in a pretty distinct manner.  It started off with two men talking about various components of psychology and then providing stories and examples to illustrate their notions.  I liked the method of giving the example and then transitioning into the story.  They used long pauses as transitions and I think that this made it really easy to follow who was speaking, and what was going on. 

One part that got my attention was when they were talking about the lady with the aneurism.  It started with the woman who had the aneurism.  She was talking about the day she got sick, and there were many cool sound effects throughout.  There was bouncy aerobics music when she was at her workout class, and then there was a dramatic pause as an ambulance sound faded in.  After the ambulance another woman started speaking.  As a listener, I didn’t know exactly who it was, and it got my attention.  Come to find out, it was her daughter.  I think this method of throwing another voice into the mix without an introduction really gets the listener’s attention (as long as they find out who it is later).  Also, it keeps you guessing as to what happened to the mother.  There is a lot of suspense surrounding this such as a beeping heart monitor in the hospital.  They use these sound effects to build up an emotion, and I think it is really effective.

While I liked all of the sound effects, I found myself wondering where to draw the line.  When do you guys think it becomes too much?

The next part that I liked was when they were using Bill Clinton’s voice.  There were different ways in which they were playing the audio—sometimes you could hear it more loudly out of one side versus the other.  I thought it was cool that they mixed it up since they were playing the same clip over and over.

The third part that I liked was when a man was giving his opinion on what another person said.  After each time he stated his opinion, a sound clip played of the original person.  This was a good way of bringing everything together really succinctly.  It was much more effective than just letting the entire original clip play and then stating his opinion on it.

I think that I will take a little bit from everything that I heard in this documentary.  Each part that I described above uses a technique that might be applicable to my project.  I think that I will definitely be using clear transitions, because that is something that I found really necessary to keep all of the voices straight.

-JK