Defining the Potential of Speed in Sound Design and Art

Boarding in 1 minute (Not real time):

This is an edit of getting into the london underground and boarding a train. It takes about one minute here to create the story when in real time it would take at least six minutes to get through the gates, ride the elevator down, walk through, board, and for the train to leave.

Boarding in real time, unedited:

This is the real time version of boarding the tube.  It is evident that unedited, more time is spent on the elevator, and walking through the platforms before boarding.

Boarding the tube slower and slightly backwards for a moment:

Here the same clip as boarding in 1 minute(above)  is manipulated almost beyond recognition. slowed down, and bit stretched.


CP Discussion from Blackboard

The Predicament II: Themes, questions

New technologies: does the use of new techs necessarily mean that the art work will be of general relevance, accessible to all etc? [Considering the fact that many new techs may be expensive, hard to operate, demand advanced skills].

Does new technology dictate the nature of the artwork’s communication?

Do we allow corporations too much control over our artistic and social expression?

It’s hard to experience anything without new techs at present. Getting a perspective is hard!

The late 19th-early C20th must have felt similar?

Is this a repetitive process- do we end up asking the same questions over and over again?

New techs: a way of returning to the idea of medium specificity? Do the new techs give rise to a widening or a narrowing effect?

In early C20th, artists move between media. However Art criticism tended to ignore this and focus on the idea of the specificity, the essence of the medium.

e.g. Greenberg’s avoidance of moving image and narrative work.

Is there an essence of video? [For e.g.]

Me: Is there an essence of Sound on its own

How integrated is the digital world and the artworld? Eg- using digital images for painting source. Ref. Photorealism, superrealism?

Ref. Adorno’s critique of ‘affirmative culture’: is this . Equally, for Greenberg the discussion was not just about aesthetics – it was about how art, politics and society interrelate.

Documentary Proposal

For this documentary I will try to capture the widely recognized sounds of the  London Underground and create a story(movement), mood, and setting with these sounds.  I want to emphasize certain elements that can be encountered in the london  underground and in a way, put them under a microscope with a microphone.   For example, when I’m riding on the train, the flipping of newspaper pages seems  routine for many people; or when someone is listening to music too loud on their headphones.  These small moments and movements could be interesting when put in the spotlight.  Originally, I was going to incorporate the buskers, but after inquiring at the stations,  I have found that I need permission to document the buskers.   They have not returned my emails giving me permission.   I may interview a few people who use the underground for some contrasting,  subjective views, and edit myself out so there will be some monologue layered throughout.   The goals and outcome for this project are flexible to allow leeway for setbacks or changes.

“The Film is the search”

“Some directors start from documentary and create fiction…others start from fiction  and make documentary”

Jean-Luc Godard,