Saturday, August 15, 2009

Concept Development

The content for this installation comes primarily from recordings of interviews, disability rights protests, synthesized speech and media clips. Our intention is to musicalize these sources by breaking them down into rhythm and melody (tempo and pitch). We will be mixing our various sources in real-time with the elevator's state (cab position and movement). Aspects of the audio layers to be controlled will include start/stop of clips, volume and mix. Elements, such as interviews, will be foregrounded while others, such as protest chants, will be backgrounded. Musicalizing voices has been fun and challenging. I've been listening to the early pioneers of electronic music like Charles Dodge which takes be back to my sound art classes in grad school with Bob Snyder. I'm using PD (a real-time graphical programming environment) in my experiments with beat and pitch tracking. - Drew

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