Unit 2 Assessment – Blog Curation

December 2, 2008 at 11:01 pm (Unit 2 Assessment)

Please use the links below (or at the sidebar on the right) to navigate your way through my curated blog. I have written a short entry at the top of each curated section. This is to draw your attention to the most important blog entries which document the important stages of my projects development.

interim report (below this post!) or:


further research and contextualisation:


prototype 1:


prototype 2:




experimentation, reflection and planning:


tutorials and workshops:


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Unit 2 Assessment – Interim Report

December 2, 2008 at 10:03 pm (Unit 2 Assessment)


I have worked hard over this unit to push my project forward, through both practical and contextual research. My blog has played a crucial role in my projects development; regular reflection on my research has not only helped me identify and analyse different aspects of my work, but has also saved me a great deal of stress after having my computer stolen in October!


My original plan of study has altered since its initial inception, as have some of objectives and methodologies. One of the main changes in my methods has been how I’m using the journey as a compositional approach. Originally my journeys were a means of discovering interesting spaces within the City, which I’d then revisit and study. However, now the journey itself has become a composition (as in my Big Ben piece). This seemed like a natural progression of some of the theories I had been reading in unit 1. Through my research, in particular my discussion paper, I have identified two ways to study the soundscape; one being the transitional (in motion through spaces) and one being locational (from a fixed position). Also, I have solidified my approaches to perceiving my collected sound material (the sound-object, sound-image and sound-event), thus effecting my methods of constructing a composition as a whole.


Through various experiments and dérives, I have developed ways of working with the acoustics of spaces, which in turn have also informed ways in which I will approach my journeys. Now, whilst travelling through the urban landscape, I may make a decision to explore a certain space due to the nature of its prospective acoustics (as in my Beresford Road to King’s Cross dérive). This highlights another change within my project; the dominance of sound. This occurred during the development of my two prototypes. For example, after experimenting with visual elements for my Window Music piece and getting feedback on it, I realised that the visual drew too much attention away from the sound composition, which in itself carried enough detail and meaning. Therefore the visual element in the final presentation of my work will be minimal. That said, the advancements of my prototypes was greatly aided by developing visual schematics and others visual methods of structuring compositions, so I intend to carry on implementing these within my process. The domination of the visual element by sound has also arisen from my objective of drawing the audience’s attention to the soundscape and how it impacts on our perception of space and our behaviour within the environment. This was largely influenced by my further research in to Acoustic Ecology and the Vancouver Soundscape Project, as well as my own experience of the City during my dérives.


Due to the misfortune of getting my equipment stolen, some aspects of plan of study have fallen behind schedule. The two main ones being experimenting with the use of motion tracking in MaxMSP/Jitter, as well as embarking on dérives to collect material. The biggest loss from the robbery, asides from my loss in my self-motivation, has been the disappearance of 1 year’s worth of sound recordings and all the Logic instruments made from the material gathered. However, I have taken this in to account in scheduling the final unit of my MA. Despite my difficult circumstances towards the end of the unit, I feel I’m still in a good position to bring this project towards completion in June. Having overcome the negativity in my mental refrain, I feel a greater sense of determination to achieve my goals then before and I believe I will if I continue to work hard and retain my focus.


Plan of study for Unit 3



– buy a laptop and software needed for project

– embark on at least 2 journeys from a chosen bridge & identify one possible space to study

– experiment with motion tracking in MaxMSP and Jitter

– begin working on one composition based on journey



– Reflect on success of December’s work & adjust methods / plan if needed

– Carry out bulk of my journeys and work with material gathered from them

– Revisit space identified in December

– Continue work with MaxMSP and Jitter (I will dedicate a lot of time to this)

– Experiment with the visual element of my work

– Continue research in approaches to sound material



Reflect on success of January’s work  & adjust methods / plan if needed

– Finish the rest of my journeys and define all spaces I wish to revisit for locational study

– Continue working within MaxMSP and Jitter and try to finalize how I will use it

– Try to define the form that the visual element will take

– Test experiments with motion tracking in college, make adjustments



Reflect on success of February’s work  & adjust methods / plan if needed

– Revist all spaces for locational study

– Begin preparing all sound material for use in MaxMSP

– Test visual elements effectiveness in Jitter

– Test work and assess



Reflect on success of March’s work  & adjust methods / plan if needed

– Begin organizing show

– Test a scaled down version of work in MaxMSP / Jitter

– Contextual research



Reflect on success of April’s work  & adjust methods / plan if needed

– Continue organizing show

– Finalize all work and test



– Organise end of year show

– Make final adjustments to work

– Submit 2 written report





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