Archives for the month of: May, 2013

Noun:

Interface

Definition
1. a surface regarded as the common boundary of two bodies, spaces, or phases.
2. the facts, problems, considerations, theories, practices, etc., shared by two or more disciplines,procedures, or fields of study: the interface between chemistry and physics.
3. a common boundary or interconnection between systems, equipment, concepts, or human beings.
4. communication or interaction: Interface between the parent company and its subsidiaries has never been better.
5. a thing or circumstance that enables separate and sometimes incompatible elements to coordinateeffectively: The organization serves as an interface between the state government and the public.

Verbs:

Emerge

Definition
1. to come forth into view or notice, as from concealment or obscurity: a ghost emerging from the grave; aship emerging from the fog.
2. to rise or come forth from or as if from water or other liquid.
3. to come up or arise, as a question or difficulty.
4. to come into existence; develop.
5. to rise, as from an inferior or unfortunate state or condition.
Destroy
Definition
1. to reduce (an object) to useless fragments, a useless form, or remains, as by rending, burning, ordissolving; injure beyond repair or renewal; demolish; ruin; annihilate.
2. to put an end to; extinguish.
3. to kill; slay.
4. to render ineffective or useless; nullify; neutralize; invalidate.
5. to defeat completely.

 

The main theme behind my sound essay is about aliens taking over Earth. Unknown sounds are making their way into our technology. Common interfaces and technologies we use on a regular bases, are eroding, or being destroyed. In its place, these strange, not from this world sounds are Emerging.

I achieved this by including commonly heard sounds of various technologies. The technology we hear represent common interfaces. Some of these sounds include a radio, record, police sirens,  helicopter, radio,  morse code, and others. Then allowing strange digital or beeping sounds through out to sound like beings from outer space.

Image of timeline:

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A

Location 1: Tim Hortons [interior]
Thursday May 16, 2013 at 7:30. On campus Tim Hortons. Not much seating area, intended more as a grab and go.

List of sounds heard:
music
fan / air conditioning
foot steps and shuffling of feet
conversations in the distance
keys jingling
a broom brushing the floor, followed by a dust pan hitting the tile
creeky door being opened and shut
a blender
cash register beeping
pans or trays hitting each other
sipping of drinks
crumpling of a paper bag
Some sounds I may not have noticed if I was not focusing on them for this activity would be the keys jingling or the broom sweeping. Also the beeping cash register and crumpling paper bag I dont believe would have caught my attention because they are sounds I would expect to hear or are accustom to in this particular setting. The sound that stood out the most for me was the creaking door. I was loud, but what made it stand out most was that it was unexpected. Sounds like the keys, footsteps, and sipping drinks moved with the individual. It was obvious, because the sounds were louder and faded away, or were muted and as they moved closer got more clear. One of the most important sounds that goes unnoticed is the air conditioning or fan. It creates room tone. Without it, the room sounds like a big space of dead air.

Location 2: In Front of  SCAET Building [exterior]
Thursday May 16, 2013 at 7:45. On Campus, outside one of the buildings containing classrooms and a lecture hall. Buses and cars often circle the round-about located in front of the building.

List of sounds heard:
Birds chirping both near and far
chatter from a group of people
someone clapping their hands
keys
vehicles driving by (cutting through the air)
car door sliding and swinging open and closed
car engines starting and standing
Motorcycle  engine roaring
wheels running over the uneven sidewalk
a metal object hitting the metal stair railing
wind
air conditioning unit from a building
bikes passing by
flip flops being dragged on the cement

If I was not focusing strictly on the sounds around me, I think I would have missed the sound of the air blowing through the tires of a bike. Also, I  expect there to be sounds of cars passing by, it wouldn’t nave been so noticeable. The loud sound of a metal object hitting the metal stair railing stood out to me. I did not know what the metal object was, so my mind focused on it trying to figure out what it was. Yes there were moving sounds. They were distinguished by their gradual change in volume. Similar to the interior location there was a room tone. It was created by constant blowing air, the opposite end of a air conditioning unit, and the stop and go from the vehicles on the road located in the distance.

B

In a room full of people, the sounds that are further away are more muffled than those that are close. Conversations that are closer are easier to make out. The conversation happening at the opposite end of the room is more muted. The quality isn’t as sharp as the closer one. The hum of the air conditioning or fan coming from the back of the room creates a more blurred sound of all the conversations and sounds. When trying to focus on either the quiet television or a conversation in the distance the sound changed. The louder conversation, the volume seemed to decrease. It wasn’t as clear as the one close by but I was able to make out what was being said. What helped to hear the quieter sounds was when I looked at them. Visually I was able to read their lips which made the words more clear.

C

A sound that evokes an image

An image that evokes a sound
a camera evokes a shutter sound

A sound that provokes a feeling

A sound that provokes a thought
a large bell chiming suggests it is 12:00pm

A sound that competes with an image

A sound that works counter to an image

For this exercise, I chose to translate the painting “Girl with a Pearl Earring” Painting by Johannes Vermeer.

The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer

The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer

I selected this painting because It is interesting to me. I have taken multiple courses that talk about visual art history. I know this piece in particular is infamous in the art world, but I have never did a focused studied on it. This exercise was a great opportunity for me to learn more about the art work.

For research on the painting I turned to artble.com and totallyhistory.com. From those sites, I gathered some information that influenced and inspired my video. Some influential facts I gathered is that the dark background of the painting helped to create a three-dimensional feeling to the subject of the painting. The image dramatizes the reflective surfaces such as the pearl earring, the subject’s eyes and lips in stark contrasts that intensify their gleam. Although the title of the painting is “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” the earring its self is constructed by only a few brush strokes.

Exercise Two Video

 

Exercise 1 Light/Duration

“Students will compose, photograph, assemble and output a 30 second time-lapse sequence.”

When choosing a composition we looked for things that would provoke the feeling of movement. Before deciding on the perfect area to shoot, we thought of our options. Other potential places to take pictures was in the forest, to capture the trees moving in the wind, running water that goes through the campus, and moving cars on a busy street. Instead we chose to point the camera at the sun as it moved behind one of the buildings at Sheridan. The shot included a walk way, and trees that cast shadows, and clouds that moved in the wind.

We set up the camera knowing it would capture all the things we noticed. To our surprise, as time went on there were little details we did not expect to capture. As the sun set, an orange light on the exterior of the building turned on. In the sky the jet stream of a plane appears in a couple frames. Those two things we did not plan for made the shot that much more interesting.

After reviewing the footage back in the class room I was happy with the outcome. Although I was there capturing the footage, I did not notice how drastic the sun had moved within the hour. Amelia and I had some difficulties with assembling the imagers in Premiere. Once we figured it out, we were able to quickly assemble the 1 minute and 30 second films. Over all I am happy with the result and learned about exposure, time code, and Premiere.