Investigation of mash-ups and sampling sound

When I listened to the playlist for the category of of mash-ups and sampling sound, I felt as if I was listening to a rock song off my I pod. I really enjoyed it.  I loved the beat and the consistent rhythm. It was amazing how the different types of sounds were used in such a nice and enjoyable pattern. I also liked the way different words were mixed up and put into different parts giving songs and other recordings, a whole different meaning from the original one. I thought about all the different sounds I was hearing and where I had heard them before as well as how they were being made. Listening to the playlist reminded me of a time in grade 10 when I was taking a communications technology course, and was assigned to mix up different songs and sounds, and to play around with them in order to createa piece of my own. It was one of my favourite projects. I loved creating
something that was so different from what I had originally started off with (The
fact that i couldn’t really mess up on it might have also been a reason for
which it was one of my favourites, but that’s irrelevant). I also had to
include distinguishable words in my final piece, just like these recordings do,
and I included all the words that really caught my attentions. I loved how my
final piece turned out. I thought of that project as more of a fun experiment
than actual school work, and I’m sure these well made recordings also began as
a fun experiment to learn more about sound.

Listening to this playlist made me wonder about whether
these recordings were made at random or with a specific intent behind them. It
would be interesting to find out about what the artists of these recordings
were meaning to do, or even thinking about while creating them. I also thought about
all the different songs I listen to and how amazing it would be to just change
up the words and see how they all turn out. I believe that the songs would flow
much differently and there would be more rough edges, just like there were in
many of the songs/recordings on the playlist, making them particularly more interesting.
I could even put the words together in a way that made the song have a
completely different message if I chose to or maybe even at random and then see
what i ended up with. In the future, I would actually like to try this with a
couple of songs and then interpret the original one and the changed one to
compare the different flows, beats and messages. In my opinion, this would make
for a great piece of writing.

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Investigation on sound poetry

When I first listened to the codpaste episode about sound
poetry, I found it really funny. I think sound poetry is a hilarious concept
but also one that can be referred to as extremely deep, depending of course on
what types of sounds are being made.  When listening to this recording however, I
sensed more of an edge of humour than anything. I enjoyed it because it made me
laugh. I believe sound can have a very huge impact on our mood and this is
proof of that. When listening to this episode I thought of the different sounds
being used to create the effect of humour and about how they all worked so well
together. It reminded me of a time when I and my sister were younger and we
made a vow not to talk for an entire day, so instead of talking we mumbled. We didn’t
think anyone would really be able to understand us but strangely we did great
that day with communication. My mother understood almost everything we were
trying to say (The hand actions also helped).  This kind of opened my mind to sound and the different types of sounds that could be used to communicate certain words and
concepts. I believe this relates directly to sound poetry because I look at sound
poetry as a story being told without words, but instead with sound.

Listening to this episode made me wonder about what kinds of
different sounds could be used in order to make a piece sound more deep than humorous
or to even communicate any other type of emotion. It made me wonder whether
certain written poetry could be translated into sound poetry.

To explore this concept further, I would enjoy reading
poetry and experimenting with different sounds to see which ones could
communicate the poem better, and to turn a poem into sound poetry. I think that
would be really cool thing to do and would be a great experience to just learn more
about sound in general.





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Investigation on Martin Luther Kings speech, with his language removed

When I first listened to marathon Luther king’s speech with
language removed, I was surprised that someone would even think to do such a
thing. It’s both creative and imaginative, and the sounds I heard were great.
In a way it was as if a whole new meaning was given to his speech. I would
never have even played attention to the sounds in the background or any of the
sounds present, if I hadn’t listened to this version of his speech. When
listening to this, I thought about all the people who must have been present
during the speech and about what sounds they each must, personally, have been
creating in the background.  It reminded
me of a time when my friend wanted to watch the movie hairspray with me, which was
a movie that I had already watched 10 times.  I refused to watch it and told her that it wouldn’t be interesting for me anymore. She then told me to look into the background of
the movie, and instead of focusing on the story line of the movie and what was
happening, to pay attention to the random people and things going on in the
background. I finally agreed and to be honest, watching the movie like that, was
more interesting than it was all those other times. Just like paying attention
to the things going on in the background of a movie, in this case this
recording helps us pay attention to the different things going on in the
background, as well as notice things we wouldn’t have before. It also helps us
see something, from a whole different perspective.

Listening to this speech with all the language removed, made
me wonder what everyone in the background must have been doing, and more
specifically what everyone must have been thinking. I believe a big part of
this can be figured out by listening to the sounds in the background. It also
made me wonder how I would sound if I was recorded during the day and all
language was removed, and also whether or not I would still be able to
understand myself and know what I was saying at the time, by listening closely
to the sounds.

Listening to this recording made me realize that I would
love to explore the concept of having language removed from recordings, by
actually recording myself during the day and just erasing all the language
later on. It would be fascinating to see how I would sound.

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Investigation Of Paul Dutton

Paul Dutton is a talented and highly respected writer of fiction, poetry and essays, and well as an oral sound artist. He has also made his mark in Canada and internationally as a leading oral sound artist, whilst performing as a soloist and as a member of the performance/ poetry group The Four Horsemen (1970–1988) and the free-improvisational performance group CCMC (1989–present). What fascinates me most about his work is that his sounds are all oral and yet seem so different from the sounds we hear every day. His work consists of textured multiphonic vocal fluency, and is laced with rasps, rumbles, honks, howls, and wheezes, featured in freely improvised but structured solos. Like in many sound artists’ work, the occasional verbal invention is added in. While listening to some of his compositions, such as “Reverberations” and “An M ‘n’ an M,” I actually felt as if I was sitting in the middle of the jungle. The sounds he makes in these two pieces sound so much like animals, it’s fascinating. I would have never thought it would have been possible to make those kinds of sounds orally. When listening specifically to his piece “Reverberations”, I thought about a safari, and could almost feel myself skipping down a sidewalk. In fact, it reminded me of the movies The Lion King and The Jungle Book.

Listening to Paul Dutton’s music makes me feel energized as well as able and ready. Most his music also communicates to me, the feeling of joy and humour. What I enjoy most about his music is the fact that each one is fun, completely different, and unique. If I had listened to his pieces without having known they were his, I would have never been able to guess that they were by the same artist. His work demonstrates much variety and this is something that makes him very different from many sound artists. The compositions of other artists, such as Maja Ratke, do not prove to each have a different theme, and message/ idea behind them. In fact, most of them follow the same sort of theme and it would be easier to guess which artist had composed them. Paul Dutton’s pieces, however, each proves to be individual and fun. Dutton describes his work as an expression of himself and his life, and believes that the fact that he is not only a sound artist, but also a writer, contributes to his originality. It seems to me as if he is influenced greatly by the sounds around us, as he has said in an interview.

His music makes me wonder about how sound can have such a huge impact on us and how we feel. It makes me wonder whether the types of sounds he makes orally can be more powerful than the music we normally listen to (hip hop, rock). I wonder whether the reason he is such a successful oral artists, was inspired by the fact that he is also a writer.

I would love to look deeper into Paul Duttons different works and see whether I would be able to find any type of a pattern. I highly doubt I would but it would be great to explore the idea and figure out what exactly it is that makes each of his compositions seem so unique and isolated from the others. I would also like to explore his written work and especially poetry and see if I can sense a connection between at least those works of his.

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Investigation of Maja Ratkje

Maja Ratkje is a fascinating musician and sound artist of both contemporary art and
electronic art. It is said that her work is “celebratory and inclusive, an energizing
rallying call to those who are curious enough to peek out from behind the
curtain of mainstream mediocrity.” When I listened to one of her pieces I could
not help but agree. Her music both intrigues and fascinates me. The sounds in
her work are different from the ones of many different artists mainly due to
the fact that she uses electronic sounds in her work, which is something that she
is known for. When listening to her work, I feel as if I am listening to an
expression of raw emotions, such as sadness and anger in her pieces “Breathe”
and “Winter Garden.” Through sound she expresses more than anyone I know has
ever expressed through words. Her music is full of energy and it feels as if
through her sounds, she is passing on energy. While listening to most of her
pieces I felt as if the sounds being made were literally out of this world, and
as if I was entirely somewhere else. That is exactly how I feel when I sing. I
feel like I’m somewhere else, away from people and it is my favorite feeling. I
can’t help but wonder if she feels the exact same way when “singing.”  Maja describes her work as natural, and says that the type of music she creates represents freedom to her since “it is not writing out a specific tradition,” but is instead a unique work.  In a way, I agree that her work is completely unique and her own but it also follows the pattern of many other sound artists. The pauses between her pieces and contrasts of sounds are part of a theme used by many sound artists. However, whilst listening to the work of Maja Ratke, I feel as if each sound responds to me and surfaces a different emotion.

Maja’s compositions make me question whether while composing, she just releases
whatever emotions she has at that moment through sound, or whether she writes
out her piece and then records. It feels as if it is in the moment and that’s
what I like most about her work, the fact that it does not seem planned. It
seems to me like a random outbreak of emotion on her part which becomes music
to everyone else.

Maja Ratke is an interesting artist and I would like to listen to more of her
pieces, and perhaps research what she felt when composing them. I would like to
see how much of her own emotions at the time are communicated to us through her
work or whether what she felt at the time was entirely different from what I
felt when listening to her composition. It would interest me to see how
perceptions change according to the person listening and their own opinions and
views as well as feelings.




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Investigation of John Cage

When I first read about john cage and his piece “four thirty-three,” which is often mistakably referred to as “the silent piece,” I was stunned. I felt confused at first thinking of why he would have done such a thing, but as I continued to think about it, I realized that what he did was art, as well as completely original. Not only did he make history, but till today his piece helps people define the true meaning of sound. Music is not the only type of sound there is out there, even if to some it is the most pleasant, and I believe that his silent piece is what allows people today to really understand the meaning of sound and appreciate the sounds around us, and not just take them for granted. How often we hear a sound, does not make it any more or less extraordinary. John cage truly did not believe in silence. He thought of every sound to be “music” and equally fascinating and I believe that it was his great appreciation for sound that allowed him to become so famous and well recognized in the first place. When I think about this piece I feel admiration that someone would have the courage to send out such a strong message, probably knowing that it would be a humiliating experience, which is exactly what it was for john cage. However he does not show any embarrassment. Never the less, there were actually people who walked out during his performance.


This reminded me of a time in elementary school when there was a Christmas assembly, which all the students had to attend. They planned to show us a slide show with music. However, the laptop which the slide show was on was not starting. Teachers were trying to get it started and during that time everyone was instructed to remain silent. At the time, I would have called my feeling at that moment annoyance at having to sit so silently when I could have simply been talking to the people around me. Associating this memory with John Cage’s silent piece, makes me regret the fact that I wasted that time being so annoyed when instead I could have appreciated the situation and really listened to the sounds around me. I can’t help but wonder what I would have heard.


I believe that John Cage was inspired by the experience he had when visiting an anechoic chamber atHarvardUniversityin order to hear silence. He said that he had literally expected to hear nothing, but instead he heard two sounds, one high and one low. The first was his nervous system and the second, his blood circulating. From this experience his entire philosophy of sound changed. From that moment on he did not believe in true silence.Readingabout this experience of his, manages to change my entire perception on sound. I feel as I have missed out on so much, but it helps me realize that there is so much more to appreciate than we believe and that even the simple things in life should truly be appreciated.


Hearing about his silent piece, makes me wonder how John Cage had the idea to perform this piece after so many years of creating musical compositions which were played on the piano (with sound). I wonder how he came across this idea and what message he was trying to convey to the audience or whether or not he was trying to convey a message or was just doing it for himself to demonstrate his own appreciation for the sounds we hear everyday. I also can’t help but wonder what thoughts I would come across if I was in his place when visiting the anechoic chamber, and I wonder how much more my perceptions would change.


I would like to further investigate John Cage and his philosophies about sound. I believe I would come across many strong opinions and begin to see things very differently than I have in the past. I would also like to look into Cage’s other compositions as well as his philosophies of those, and compare his opinions before and after entering that anechoic chamber. It would interest me to see if prior to his experience, he thought much like I had before learning about him.


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hi! this is my first post, clearly. :) i like blogs although i dont often think of writing in blogs but it may be a cool experience. i love to write. its one of my favourite things in the world besides ice cream and my grandmother. I live in toronto. life here is pretty dull but it can be exciting if you let it be. I live my life to the fullest and will continue doing so. have fun and mess up now while you can. that is my motto. peace. :)

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