Archive | February 14, 2012

Radio Ballet: Brecht

It seems like Bertolt Brecht always wanted his audience to participate in whatever he was presenting whether it was theater or radio. To quote Mark E Cory’s essay, Sound Play: The Polyphonous Tradition of German Radio Art, “Brecht was very clear on the dangers of passive listening, ‘concert’ listening, which he felt could lead to […]

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Sonic Architecture: the Wave Organ

http://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/plan_your_visit/wave_organ/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wave_Organ “The Wave Organ is located on a jetty that forms the small Boat Harbor in the Marina district of San Francisco, walking distance from the Exploratorium. The jetty itself was constructed with material taken from a demolished cemetery, providing a wonderful assortment of carved granite and marble, which was used in the construction […]

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Project: In search of “feminine” musical instruments

In light of Society of Spectacle, Theater of the Oppressed and the article “A la Recherche d’une Musique Feminine” in Her Noise… Project: In search of “feminine” musical instruments  Assumptions/starting points: –Just as linguists argue that the language is masculine-made and patriarchal and therefore,  the feminine cannot break into this realm because it is not […]

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Possible sound project – Ai Weiwei

This is just an initial thought – I’ll put it out there to see if anyone is interested in collaborating & developing it further. I started thinking about the recent detention and censorship of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei – as well as the campaign to seek his freedom and some of the creative responses in […]

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TOPLAB Workshop

This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to participate in an intensive all-day Theater of the Oppressed Workshop.  Sparsely dampened with flurries, I entered the Brecht Forum welcomed by the aroma of Nag Champa and a group of about 20 people from various walks of life. Sitting cross-legged on the floor, we were asked to […]

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Sound as acoustical material – Raw Materials

One of the main themes that emerged for me from the readings (specifically the chapter by Cory) is the possibilities that arise from “manipulating sound as pure acoustical material” once the “traditional literary … had been loosened” (Cory, p.354). This brought to mind a piece by Bruce Nauman called Raw Materials, commissioned & exhibited a […]

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Materiality of Sound

In Kaffe Matthews, “Sonic Bed Laboratory Furniture, Music by Christopher Cox”- And since the scientific discoveries of Hemholtz, Hertz, Edison and Tesla we have been taught to think of sound and music no longer as immaterial forces but as vibrating matter carried along on electromagnetic currents. The body and music then, are one. All is energy and […]

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hierspiel: audio drama in a contested space

This is a call for collaborators for our first assignment. After reading Mark Cory’s Soundplay piece yesterday an idea to produce a short “radio drama” has inspired me for the current assignment. I’m thinking it would be a short audio drama (10-15 minutes) that takes either an old audio drama, portions of that Seneca sound […]

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Is Sabido a Response to Brecht’s Suggestion to Radio?

In Brecht’s ‘The Radio as an Apparatus of Communication’, the twentieth century German playwright and theatre practitioner suggests radio’s introduction to the world as a substitute for theatre, opera and other forms of entertainment – much like in the way Raymond Williams might conceive – and announces the need for this one-way distribution mechanism to […]

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Sum of Days and the Surrealists

Several of the readings this week addressed the use of noise as art, so I thought I would share an exhibit that was on display at the MoMA last fall. Sum of Days by Carlito Carvalhosa was a interactive art instillation that captured the sounds of museum goers as they traveled through a narrow pathway […]

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tonight :: john cage transmitted

The timing of this is almost too perfect. If you’re looking for a place to hide out tonight, and gather inspiration for our sound project, this is the place to see, hear, interact, John Cage Transmitted Evening 2 Part 1: February 14, 7 pm Live from the front room at Norte Maar Norte Maar, 83 […]

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