Krisztián Hofstädter

sonic art 2019

Jan 27, 2019

module code: MOD000600
tutor: Krisztián Hofstädter
Tues 1-3pm (workshop), 3-4pm (tutorials)
Hel 040, Cambridge

shortcuts:
assignments
syllabus
resources
canvas

introduction

“This course involves the study of source recording, sonic manipulation and sonic installations. Although the course contains technical components, its focus is strictly aesthetic. A range of techniques will be examined, together with an investigation of current manifestations of Sonic Art in the UK and around the world, including installation art and bioacoustics. Discussion and analysis of the potential links between sound, light, structure, ecology, location and image will lead to experiments and exercises in the aesthetic and technical creation of acousmatic spaces. Students will be expected to investigate their own performance/demonstration opportunities and compose/arrange/design their creations to take account of the site-specific performance/exhibition space. Students will provide their collected exercises in a portfolio including a critical evaluation placing the student’s work in the context of current trends in sonic art as well as providing a basis for the students own criteria and judgement.” ~ from Canvas.


assignments

Deadline: (week 11) Friday 12 April 2pm;

what to submit?

  1. A project documented as a webpage on a GitHub repository.
  2. The webpage needs to succinctly describe your project with some text (between 300 - 500 words) and one short video (between 4 - 5 min).
  3. The repository needs to have a ‘README.md’ file acting as your logbook.
  4. Other supporting material e.g. pictures, videos, sound files, programming code, etc. embedded in the website or hyperlinked from it, or uploaded to the repository.
  5. Please submit the url of your repository on Canvas.

The setup of a GitHub website is explained further in class. If you couldn’t attend this class, please check this tutorial. Planning, purpose and implementation for the project need to be in consultation with your module tutor. Progress needs to be demonstrated weekly with an up to date logbook.





syllabus

week 1

introduction to the module

todo:
this and that
and that
waiting for enlightenment...

2019-02-01
this and that

2019-01-31
experimenting with website themes
watched this and that video on sound arts


2019-01-29
created a github repo for the projects
refining my ideas for the projects
connecting my ideas for the things I want to do later to this projects
thinking of how it would serve me the most


Christopher Cox: History of Sound Art

(watch and discuss)

The presentation discusses what ‘Sound Art’ is with examples from Edison onwards. Some brief notes:

other ideas:





week 2

admin

what is sonic art

discuss

your project

Ideas discussed for projects:





week 3

admin

terminology & categorisation

Let’s brainstorm about the following ideas and use them to come up with a system that we can use to measure the outcomes from previous Sonic Art classes.

task:





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easter break





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resources

The Turner Price

BBC documentary

from 1984; why was it started? is controversial good? private source cash; are artists in competition with each other? the best and the worst artist is the same in one year; arts’ power to change things; “art to exhibit and having it operate in the world” is important, not the price; art in social enterprice; when it started no one liked modern art, now (perhaps with the help of this price) people like it more;

Link: BOB


A History of Art in Three Colours

Part 3: White (BBC documentary)

Dr James Fox explores how, in the hands of artists, the colours gold, blue and white have stirred emotions, changed behaviour and even altered the course of history. In the Age of Reason, it was the rediscovery of the white columns and marbles of antiquity that made white the most virtuous of colours. For flamboyant JJ Wickelmann and British genius Josiah Wedgwood, white embodied all the Enlightenment values of justice, equality and reason.

Link: BOB


artists

Carsten Nicolai

Physicist of Sound

Sound and science converge in Carsten Nicolai’s installation work, which perform autonomously to embrace the tension inherent in accidents.

Link: Youtube


Christian Marclay

5 Minute Documentary

Marclay discusses his interest in unwanted sound, his use of turntables, early examples of his art and more recent pieces too.

… thinking about sound and how it influences us. ~Marclay

Link: Youtube

Ideas:


Scrapheap Orchestra

Is it possible for musicians from the BBC Concert Orchestra to make beautiful sounds out of garbage? For the first time, an entire orchestra of 44 instruments is built from scrap. ~BBC

Links: BOB, Youtube


podcasts

The Forum: The Real and the Virtual

with Eyal Gever, Robert Kaplan and Edmund de Waal

In this episode of the ideas discussion programme, Bridget Kendall brings together three people whose work takes them close to the dividing line of the tangible and intangible worlds.

Links: BOB, BBC

Ideas:


An Image of Sound

Photography and Sound (BBC4)

Photographer Andrew Heptinstall is embarking on a quest to see whether a photograph can deliver information over and above a pure image; details of the sound of a place that only the photographer could have known at the time of its capture. He spends a day on Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland with blind contemporary photographer Rosita McKenzie and meets Professor Fiona Macpherson, a philosopher from Glasgow University to gain an insight into human senses and perception. His many attempts over 6 months to capture the quality of sound within his images take him on a journey as far as Australia; yet he is only at the beginning of his journey as he continues to search for An Image of Sound. ~BBC4

Link: BOB




most important advice

The assignments should be considered as your own projects, not something you have to do for me or the university. Follow the rules outlined in the module guide, assessment criteria, etc., however, please keep in mind that the outcomes of your assignments can (and should) become part of your professional portfolios, which you later can use for networking, job hunting, etc.

Due to different student experience and expectations, this outline can be subject to change. Detailed notes for each week will be added gradually to this website.