Assignment 01 listen-record-listen

For this assignment you will need the means by which you can record and playback sound, a way to playback the recorded sound over speakers or with headphones, a notebook, pen, and approximately 20-30 minutes to complete the first part of the listening recording exercise. Ideally you will have a means to capture photos too.

Tools needed:
1 portable, high fidelity recording device.
iPhone/iPod Touch v2 or later will work
Portable recorders are available from the 8th floor monitor
High capacity digital voice recorders usually do not have the fidelity necessary for this assignment.
Pen and paper

Go outside to a location (other than Washington Square Park) where you can sit for 20 minutes. Note the time and location. After approximately 3 minutes have passed (after you are accustomed to your new surroundings), start the portable recorder and record for no more than 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes of recording stop and save the file. Please do not take notes while recordings as you may add sounds of writing.

When the recording is finished, take notes of the sounds you hear: How many sounds are present? What are they? Describe the sounds. Draw the sounds if needed. Be specific with regards to frequency, intensity/loudness, timbre, duration, and how the sounds change over time.  Apply vocabulary from the reading.

Go inside to a quiet place where you can talk and record yourself. If working in groups, each person must record him/herself. Start the recording, identifying yourself and the room you are in, and say something you would say the same way in any room.  For example count to 10 and recite the alphabet. Repeat this process in two rooms; one small (dorm, apartment, closet) and one very large (concert hall, lecture hall, gymnasium).

Listen to the recording of the outdoor environment. Again take notes about what you hear. How many sounds are present? What sounds are they? Describe the sounds in terms of frequency, amplitude and spectrum. Also be specific about how sounds change over time.

Listen to the recording of your own voice. Does it is sound different to you? How so? Be specific.  What about the different rooms?

Report your findings, reflections to your blog:

Answer the above questions as complete thoughts in formal English using an essay format. You need not include your listening notes in their entirety, but cite them as needed for your discussion.

Analyze and discuss the differences between your notes from the live listening situation to the notes taken while listening to the recording, trying always to relate your findings and observations to the theory discussed in class and the demo sessions.

Post your recordings if it supports the points you make in your blog post. Also consider posting photos of your recording locations and/or drawings.
Posts are due:
Online before our next meeting.
Put the links to your posts as comments at the bottom of this assignment.


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