Todays class begun slowly, with us trying to work around the various versions of Garage Band. We chose a recording from project 1 (mine being the closing of my door) and turned up an echo and reverb effect and multiplied the recording. What I was left with was a vague sound of the repetitive percussion of my door.
Once we each had our individual edited sounds we all presented in a similar way to how we conducted the presentations of Project 1. We placed our computers in the center of the room with our edited sounds on repeat and sat back to listen to the mess of sound that we had created. To be honest it really didn’t sound half bad. Although all I could mainly hear was my recording, I tried to take a step away and hear the rings and echoes of the rest of the classes recordings. What we were left with was an incredible build up of diversity.
I tried to focus on each individuals works but would constantly get distracted and interrupted by another students work. It was an information overload and as it was impossible to focus on one work. I decided to listen to it as one piece and thats were it became clear that all these different works created an ambience of ambiguity.
What came next was far from what I was expecting. Robbie made us pick up our laptops and as a class move our sound that we had created through the hallways and around building 13 to see how it sounds in different spaces. It allowed us to compare the sound in the classroom to the broad flow of sound that drifted through the halls and down the stairs. It allowed us to compare the loud and isolated sound it made in the elevator against other peoples sounds that drifted past the hallway allowing you to focus on just one sound.
Together we created a new work. Together we gained insight into how different ideas can come together to create something far more complex.