Experimental Narratives Task 1 Week 1 Jan 9th 2014

I want you to make a 20 second sound cut up, you can experiment with words and paper first to see what happens. Record what happens visually, get some newspapers, magazines, book and have a go.

I want you to devise a way of doing something similar with digitally recorded sound. I don’t want you to record sound but to use found sound. Use some recording from the news, from a topical news story on any particular day.

How might you do this as randomly as possible? Listen to Burroughs describe how they used the sound cut up techniques using early tape reel to reel recorders. What did they do? Perhaps some of this translates to a digital form of cut up?

Notice that he mentions this cut up process as analagous to painters, visual artists making use of montage.
In week two after hearing your efforts we will be looking at Montage.

To digitally cut up sounds you can use a free tool called Audacity which is cross platform. You can capture sound from your pc or laptop or from your phone, it doesn’t matter.

Audacity together with tutorials can be found at: Audacity

Steve Reich the experimental composer.

See above Steve Reich “its gonna rain”

An example of a tape sound cut up done in the style of Steve Reich the experimental composer.

The experimenter says:

“Let the Music Play” is a digital composition/sound experiment that uses classic tape-looping techniques in the tradition of Steve Reich and other 1960’s experimental composers. All the sounds you hear are derived from manipulations of the single phrase, “Let the music play,” which was recorded randomly from an FM radio. No other tracks or recordings have been used. Check out Reich’s, “Come out,” or, “It’s Gonna Rain,” for a better idea of how this technique originated.

Samuel Beckett’s Not I performance piece by Billy Whitehall 1973


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