Day 2, exercise 1 – Describing Sounds produced through direct human action


  • Work in groups of two
  • Make audiovisual recordings of 5 sound examples of sound produced through direct human action (rather than natural, pure machine, etc processes)
  • Concentrate on existing sounds, rather than upon producing new sound textures
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* Review your examples acousmatically (sound only, without image), but describe them using any approach you like (psychoacoustic, semiotic, acousmatic/concrete, physically)
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  • Produce a list of descriptors you feel are sufficient to characterize your sound. Any method you like.
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* Archive your sounds below (before Wednesday’s class) using your descriptors:
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** Follow the rules on How to do this.
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    • (For each video file, include link, include player, note your names, provide meaningful tags describing the sounds)





Produced by: Nina Meier, Matthias Peter
Describing Sounds
_Description of the first sound:
1. Can opens - somebody swallows.
PhysicalProperties
- Alu can / Gas escapes / Mechanical clicking from the can opener
- Water goes down inside a throat / Relieved breath
SemanticProperties
- Bright small sound
- Deep gurgling sound / Large, full sound





Produced by: David Herzog, Daniel Senn
Drying hands on a towel machine

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Produced by: David Herzog, Daniel Senn
Putting on a wristwatch

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Produced by: David Herzog, Daniel Senn
Binding a bootlace

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Produced by: David Herzog, Daniel Senn
Pressing a light switch

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Produced by: David Herzog, Daniel Senn
Switching on a striplight

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Produced by: Compadres Marcel y Daniel
1. Schuhe binden
2. Lift fahren
3. Hände waschen
4. Trinken
5. Jacke anziehen


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Produced by: Barbara Schuler, Stefano Teseo

Sharpening a pencil


Water is dripping into a metal sink.


Spraying with a spraying bottle.


A disposer is opened and a sheet is removed.


A light bulb is screwed out of and into a lamp.