Music 120Z: etude #8 - found objects
Write a short composition constructed entirely from "found audio."
This assignment should be constructed entirely from "plundered" recordings -- found on the internet, in your record collection, or from any other source. Don't use any of the "course materials" recordings for this assignment, or make new recordings specifically for the piece.
Work in stereo.
Your composition may be as short as a minute or as long as a few minutes.
Possibilities & models:
You might recompose (deconstruct) a single piece of recorded music or audio; John Oswald's "Plunderphonic" pieces are a great example of this. Think about ways to to reassemble your source materials that might allow for a new perspective on the original or an entirely new experience. (Oswald's works are compelling in part because he typically brings a totally new formal experience to familiar content).
You also might make a piece which collages together a number of works by an artist, or a number of works in a genre; Oswald's Plexureand Beatriz Ferreyra's Jazz't for Miles both utilize this technique. In what ways can your piece pay homage to and depart from the sources?
Another possibility is a personal statement; collaging works and recordings which are particularly meaningful to you, or which you feel inclined to comment on in some way. In this case the challenge is bring the recordings into dialogue with one another and express your own commentary through them.
Finally, you might think about the ways in which "sampling" is inherent to the medium of digital audio; works by Oswald and Oval are often suggestive of the "form" of digital audio as much as any specific content embodied in the medium.
Transformation: can you put your own expressive stamp on a piece constructed entirely out of other people's recordings? can you control when the listener is able to recognize a quotation and when materials are transformed beyond identifiability?
Burn your final draft onto an audio CD; please label it with your name and the assignment number.
Submit your CD in class on Monday, November 24th, 2003.
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