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Worksheet 3: Sonic Wallpaper
In Worksheet 1, you explored the interviews, the ideas they provoked, and ways of editing the spoken interviews; in Worksheet 2, you recorded or found sounds with which to contextualise your interview material. In this worksheet, we will explore how you might combine these elements to create a sound piece in response to the wallpaper sample picture on the right. To make Sonic Wallpaper you will need: Ears Editing software Sounds Interview snippets A concept Paper Pens Ideas
You will need soundediting software to use this worksheet. If you do not have any such software, you can download Audacity, which is free and open-source, from here:
How do you want to approach the concept of “Sonic Wallpaper”?
So far we have worked with 3. interview material, and with recorded and/or found sounds. We began with recorded interview materials, sound libraries, and recording activities because these are some of the most convenient and useful ways to share and consider audio. However, you might decide that Sonic Wallpaper is a concept you want to develop in ways which don’t include recorded sounds. You might: 1.
You might layer sounds and words together, so that You might have yet another memories and associations to completely different idea: do with wallpaper are ani(insert here) mated through your use of ______________________ field-recordings and ______________________ phonography. ______________________ ______________________ How you decide to approach ______________________ the task of mixing the sounds ______________________ together—either literally, using ______________________ software—or metaphorically, install an audio device in ______________________ into a concept for some new a room which produces a ______________________ kind of work—will be largely sound; for instance an determined by your own tastes Aeolian harp inserted into and inclinations. the window frame, as was fashionable in the 1700s. In fact, the whole process is a propose radical little bit like choosing Assuming that you want to alterations of existing wallpaper for a room, at least continue working with your space, in order to that’s the idea. recorded sounds, there is still introduce new kinds of
sounds or sonic textures into them (such as installing a fireplace so that the sounds of the fire can become a feature of daily life). You might consider the sonic qualities of different kinds of papers, and experiment with hanging them on the walls for their sonic qualities.
a great deal of freedom re: how you turn what you have into Sonic Wallpaper. You might decide to discard the interview material, or to work with an idea from the interviews without actually including any voices in the end work.
Putting it all together
Sonic Wallpaper resources created by Dr Felicity Ford are licensed under a Creative Commons AttributionNonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.