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Week 11 (w/c 2019-04-08)
Submission week.

Week 10 (w/c 2019-04-01)

  • Designing the website in a way that it will be as minimalistic as possible and ready for submission.
  • Proof read the abstract and correct any spelling/grammar mistakes that might be there.

2019-04-04 (Thu)

The final result can be seen on the website as this is the final design of it. Grammar and spelling mistakes have been corrected and the project is ready for submission.

Week 9 (w/c 2019-03-25)

  • Look into how you can modify/design the website
  • Record the video of yourself explaining your project (reason, aim, outcome, etc.)

2019-03-29 (Fri)

The video recording was uploaded on Youtube and then embeded on the website.

Week 8 (w/c 2019-03-18)

  • Organise all the recorded sounds and put them into the DAW for the arrangementn session.
  • Look into Github tutorials on how to turn a repository into a website.
  • Check the difference between markdown and html files.

2019-03-22 (Fri)

The final composition for submission was created along with a draft of the website as well.

Week 7 (w/c 2019-03-11)

  • Refine the abstract according to the research made.
  • Refine the keywords according to the research made.

2019-03-14 (Thu)

ABSTRACT (updated):
In a fast-paced modern society where time is the most precious value in an ordinary person’s life, we, humans tend to live as a result of our memories by either worrying about the past for what has happened or being anxious about the future for what is about to happen. As a result, it seems as if we are kind of ignoring the most precious thing that life has to offer which is the present moment, being present and focusing on what is happening right now and how to make the most out of it instead of overthinking about the past and/or future. Due to my high appeal in meditation, mindfulness and experiencing reality in the present moment I decided to create a project based upon these particular terms. The title of the project is “The Unnoticed Sounds” and the inspiration for it came to my mind when I have had come across John Cage’s popular piece 4’33’’ in which he created a “silent” piece. As he explained the piece is not silent, instead, the music of the piece is any sound that will occur throughout its duration, either that will be somebody coughing or the noise of the traffic. What is fascinating and unique about this piece he said is that when you listen to a classical piece of music it will sound the same no matter how many times you listen to it but 4’33” will never sound the same because it is impossible for one to predict which sounds will take place when the piece is being performed. However, for my project I did not create a silent piece, instead, I recorded some of the sounds that happen on a daily basis around me yet I subconsciously ignore them probably due to the fact that my brain is so used to these sounds. The recordings include sounds from my house and my workplace, with some of them being the sound of the kettle while boiling some water, the deep fryer at work, etc. After I recorded these sounds, I arranged them in a specific order from start to finish, just as they happen in real life from the beginning of the day till the end of it. My main aim from this project is for people who will listen to it to be able to understand the principle behind it and then apply it in their own life with their own approach to it, hence being more in the moment and making the most out of it.

Keywords (updated): John Cage, Zen Buddhism and Art, Field Recording, Silence, Present Moment, Ambience.

Week 6 (w/c 2019-03-04)

  • Use these keywords to find material to research on such as google scholar, the online library and the University library.
  • Have a look to previous years projects to get some ideas/inspiration.

2019-03-06 (Wed)

REFERENCES:
John Cage's interview on what is silence:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcHnL7aS64Y
Neuroscience of Meditation (explanation of the importance of being in the present moment)
https://www.hindawi.com/journals/tswj/2006/740623/abs/

Week 5 (w/c 2019-02-25)

  • Write down the keywords that define the Sonic Art project that I will be wokring on.
  • Write down the abstract describing what the project will be based on.

2019-02-26 (Tue)

Written down keywords and the abstract that define the idea and the reasoning behind my Sonic Art project.

ABSTRACT:
My sonic art project will be based around John Cages idea of music from his piece 4'33'', as he stated, the music in that specific piece is any sound that occurs throughout its' duration. My approach to it will be slightly different as I will record different random sounds that occur throughout an ordinary day in my life such us making some coffee, locking and unlocking the door of my room, handling the microwave/oven in my workplace etc. I believe that in the past few years we humans have been dependent on the use of technology and listening to music/podcasts on our portable devices that we do not pay too much attention on specific sounds that we listen to on a daily basis, whatsoever. Possibly that ignorance happens instinctively or due to the fact that we subconsiously decide not to focus on these sounds. If done correctly and if I manage to achieve the outcome that I am aiming for then possibly that specific composition will trigger the listener into paying attention to these sounds in their daily lives hence being more in the moment.

Keywords: ambient sounds, human habitat sounds, everyday sounds, John Cage, recording sound, sample based composition, sample manipulation

Week 4 (w/c 2019-02-18)

  • Brainstorm more specifically in order to find an idea for a project that will be of personal interst
  • Listened to the 'Akimbo' podcast S.3 Episodes 18 & 19 on the meaning of art and the idea of what is considered 'normal'.

2019-02-21 (Thu)
Sonic Art project for submission:
I decided to record different sounds throughout my day such as the kettle boiling water, me sipping coffee, locking the door of the house, handling the microwave at my workplace etc. Then I will make a composition out of it and it will be a representation of the sounds in our daily lives that we do not pay too much attention due to the extremely high use of technology. It will be a composition based on ambient sounds that Cage used to consider part of his 4'33'' piece, but in my case I will record these sounds and I will create an actual composition out of them.

Week 3 (w/c 2019-02-11)

  • Find a way to make all these three ideas work together as one project.
  • Think about/research on how you can get good quality recording out of a portable recorder.

2019-02-15 (Fri)

Coming up with new ideas:

While being away I was able to think about my ideas for the project and I realised that having to record a public place such as the main hall of the university might require the consent of any person whose voice will be heard in the recording. The same applies for the idea of recording my collegues. Hence, I decided instead of spending time trying to ask permission from each individual for the recording to focus on a project that will not include any ethical barriers.

Week 2 (w/c 2019-02-04)

  • Brainstorm about the sonic art project
  • Check the video on Kris's Page

2019-02-04 (Mon)
After having watched Christopher Cox's History of Sound Art I came up with a few possible ideas for my Sonic Art Project.
Brainstorming ideas:

  • Place a few portable recorders at various places in the University, record the ambience of that space. Record for approximately 10 minutes in total (it can be 2.30mins for 4 consecutive days). Bounce the recorder audio in a DAW and create a composition by only using the recorded sound.

  • Record my colleagues checking in guests and use the vocal samples for a composition.

  • Record some natural human functions (sneezing, coughing etc.) and use them as part of a composition.

  • Choose either of these ideas or merge them all into one aiming for an aesthetically nice outcome.


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