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Notes from binaural recordings in Marfa, TX

I love how these read like some sort of miniature poetry. Maybe one day I’ll upload some of the recordings.

disk 4
2005-07-04 12_44.wav - supermarket 6.8 Mb
2005-07-04 12_44(1).wav - supermarket talking in background 11.7 Mb
2005-07-04 13_16.wav - squacking bird, too windy 3.1 MB 19s
2005-07-04 13_16(1).wav - quiet a few birds 22.1 Mb ** (speaking at very end)
2005-07-04 13_20.wav - cleaning up sounds 14.4 Mb ** (speaking at very end)
2005-07-04 14_23.wav - bbq little wind at start 22.2 Mb *** good for radio (speaking at very end)
2005-07-04 14_25.wav - clearing sticks train in the middle 66.6 Mb * really high pitched sounds
2005-07-04 17_21.wav - town and country 19.2 Mb
2005-07-04 17_58(1).wav - windmill and laughing *** good for radio
2005-07-04 18_01.wav - cars and windmills (a touch of wind) 23.1 Mb ** bit windy, maybe ok
2005-07-04 18_37.wav - rustling birds wind at end 8.3 Mb windy
2005-07-04 18_39.wav - flies, cars, rumble 13.2 Mb *** good for radio (speaking at very end)
2005-07-04 19_38(1).wav - talk, fireworks, some wind in middle 20.4 Mb *** (speaking at very end)
2005-07-04 20_11.wav - klang klang wind at start and end 17.5 Mb windy
2005-07-04 20_13.wav - drips and wind mill 11.2 Mb ** make into loop cut before beeps at end
2005-07-04 20_57.wav - mdstartup noise, long approach car, some birds 18.8 Mb windy
2005-07-04 21_10(1).wav - v quiet. metal tinking. birds. cow at end pinto canyon road 18.4 Mb ** 
(speaking at very end)
2005-07-04 21_14.wav - cows, birds insect, stone throwing 31.3 Mb *** (speaking at very end)
2005-07-04 21_38.wav - bad sound in car, car door, after dusk at pinto canyon, cars passing 52 MB 
5m10s *** edit down start
2005-07-04 22_23.wav - town and country after dark, train passing 27.7MB 2m45s 
2005-07-05 06_51.wav - windy then quiet then windy luna at the arroyo, dogs and roosters, distant 
highway 53.9MB 5m21s 
2005-07-05 06_59.wav - amber at luna on the last morning, birdies chirping, roosters 25.3MB 2m31s 
2005-07-05 07_26.wav - Ben at luna on the last morning, birdies, dogs, roosters, crickets 32.2MB 
3m12s  *** (speaking at very end) radio too
2005-07-05 7_37.wav - Burros and pissing and and crickets and a truck at luna 58.7MB 5m49s  *** 
(speaking at very end) radio too
2005-07-05 9_11.wav - footsteps and birds, beautiful, quiet metal banging 14.7MB 1m28s ** wind 
2005-07-05 9_13.wav - good cars passing rockshop, quiet, 14.2MB 1m25s ** edit off start
2005-07-05 9_14.wav - GOOD TRUCK (topped out) 11.8MB 1m11s
2005-07-05 9_16.wav - seven minutes of perfection, am at rockshop 73.6MB 7m18s **** fade in and out
2005-07-05 9_23.wav - one minute of perfection, am at rockshop ** a little wind
2005-07-05 9_32.wav - truck at rockshop 9.2MB 55s
2005-07-05 9_57.wav - Good! train tracks by the drug blimp 54.8MB 5m25s
2005-07-05 11_54.wav - annoying mexican radio broadcast 45.7MB 4m32s 

disk 3
2005-09-13 19_01.wav - TALKING the fear is that the train was going away 13.7MB 1m22s
2005-09-13 19_02.wav - TALKING I don't hear anything. 1m22s
2005-09-13 19_02(1).wav - TALKING and cars 7m17s
2005-09-13 19_02(2).wav - drunk and under the shirt, beer bottles 5m07s
2005-09-13 19_03.wav - nowheresville 18s
2005-09-13 19_03(1).wav - redford dog story 1m48s
2005-09-13 19_03(2).wav - junk 02s
2005-09-13 19_03(3).wav - blather 1m45s
2005-09-13 19_04.wav - this is the train, shh 5m56s
2005-09-13 19_04(1).wav - crickets, cars, listening from trestle, some wind, scratchy 5m45s

disk 2
2005-07-03 13_31.wav - judd 2m09s
2005-07-03 13_52.wav - footsteps, crunching at chinati, wind ~2m *** radio cut wind
2005-07-03 14_29.wav - inside artillery shed at chinati 1m53s *** radio cut talkk at very end
2005-07-03 14_35.wav - inside artillery, joey speaking 21s
2005-07-03 15_35.wav - what are you recording? crap 1m30s
2005-07-03 15_57.wav - boring 1m24s
2005-07-03 16_07.wav - joey braiding hair 1m07s
2005-07-03 19_24.wav - rays are supermarket 1m28s
2005-07-03 21_54.wav - wind 28s
2005-07-03 22_17.wav - 3m of crickets, then rest yapping 7m14s 
2005-07-03 22_30.wav - loud, boring crickets with wind 49s
2005-07-03 22_30(1).wav - loud crickets and cars under trestle 2m20s
2005-07-03 22_43.wav - more crickets and cars under trestle 3m20s
2005-07-03 23_18.wav - this is the train from ben's mic 5m43s
2005-07-03 23_44.wav - crickets and cars again (plus one dooley) and some wind 1m14s
2005-07-03 23_45.wav - crickets, crickets and a car 1m23s
2005-07-04 00_08.wav - mumbling at the marfa lights and a truck or two 3m26s 
2005-07-04 00_27.wav - luna crickets, foosteps and Lalito's engine 12m45s

disk 1
2005-09-13 18_22(1).wav - wmbr 8s 
2005-09-13 18_22(1).wav - wmbr
2005-09-13 18_23.wav - wmbr
2005-09-13 18_23(1).wav - wmbr
2005-09-13 18_23(2).wav - rockshop rustling not so crappy but crappy
2005-09-13 18_23(3).wav - testing rockshop 15s
2005-09-13 18_23(4).wav - birdies and cars ar rockshop; some wind but not bad especially at the 
end, train horn in distance 5m20s
2005-09-13 18_24.wav - wind 8s
2005-09-13 18_24(1).wav - lots of wind and drops of rain on tin and rustling, cars 1m27s
2005-09-13 18_24(2).wav - wind. metal.
2005-09-13 18_26.wav -  nothing
2005-09-13 18_26(1).wav - rain and thunder. nice a bit short
2005-09-13 18_26(2).wav - rain and thunder.
2005-09-13 18_26(3).wav - thunder and rain.
2005-09-13 18_26(4).wav - wind. birds. laughing. "hello"
2005-09-13 18_26(5).wav - rustle rustle. wind.
2005-09-13 18_27.wav - wind and rustle. then quiet rooster. then more wind.
2005-09-13 18_27(1).wav - boring.
2005-09-13 18_27(2).wav - trying to record the train. *** radio
2005-09-13 18_27(3).wav - glitch
2005-09-13 18_27(4).wav - train horn bad wind in middle.
2005-09-13 18_27(5).wav - rustle. late night fire talking.
2005-09-13 18_28.wav - aroya. wind and mic knocking.
2005-09-13 18_28(1).wav - long windy walk through aroyo
2005-09-13 18_29.wav - frogs and crickets 20s of good then windy
2005-09-13 18_29(1).wav - slow fade in and out. crickets and aroyo
2005-09-13 18_30.wav -
2005-09-13 18_30(1).wav -
2005-09-13 18_30(2).wav - rock shop birds

short wind:
2005-07-04 12_44(1).wav
2005-07-04 17_58.wav
2005-07-05 9_12.wav
2005-07-05 9_56.wav - crunching, walking and wind 10.5MB 1m03s

short speaking:
2005-07-04 18_45.wav - throwing rocks 18 Mb
2005-07-04 22_55.wav - luna "what are you thinking- of painting the house white?" 9.1 MB 55s

2005-07-04 18_21.wav - banging headphones test
2005-07-04 19_38.wav - nothing
2005-07-04 21_10.wav - not much 2.2 Mb

Simplicity class notes

Tangible interfaces for a bar
Tangible interfaces - simplicity studio class

For some reason I never got round to making a contents page for my web responses to the class tasks set by John Maeda, Hiroshi Ishii and Chris Csikszentmihalyi in the Simplicity design studio I took while I was a student at the MIT Media Lab. The studio was John’s Simplicity consortium in the making – exploring ideas of what simplicity can mean. From the simplicity class page:

Intellectual Goal:
To develop a method for making concrete the process of designing for simplicity across interaction, aesthetic, engineering, and cultural concerns.

Core methods tested, debugged, and invented together with exercises from Design Fellows and Instructors. Skills culminate in a final competition of small teams.

So here they are:

  • P1 more to less to more to less – creating visual scales of More to Less (set by John)
  • P2 haiku to concept – write Haikus and create conceptual pieces based on it (Chris)
    • frozen chicken bird feeder was the highlight for me
  • P3 two parts rum – sketch a tangible interface (Hiroshi)
    • I proposed a cocktail mixing bar projection that would augment the bar top with instructions and advice
  • P4 weather reports – after a presentation from Alexander Gelman and a look at the IDEO design methodology, we were asked to design interfaces for weather information
  • P5 Tablepaper™ – after a session with Charlie Lazor we were asked to re-design a product that doesn’t ‘work right
    • I decided to redesign placemats as a disposable magazine format for reading, decoration and note taking while eating
  • P6 A onedo flutter – I forget exactly what the brief was for this one, something about process I think
    • I’ve always wanted to make an animation using bank notes. One frame on each note, spending the artwork after scanning it in. I chose ubiquitous materials (spray paint, money, porn, halftone print) and made each frame unrecognisable. It is only in motion that the result is clear. I loved Hiroshi’s feedback in this class – he said the low resolution animation on $1 bills suggested higher resolution on higher denomination.
    • Check out the money animation making-of images
  • P7 hello … hi … hi … er … hello … – create an algorithmic system for generating sound, images or motion
    • I chose sound. My piece involved standing in the MIT infinite corridor with a microphone and recording the first utterance from each person who passed (mp3). This recording was later published in the Ephemera issue of Thresholds magazine.
  • Exhibition
    • Our final exhibition in the foyer of the E15 used simple packaging (brown paper labels and boxes) as its theme. I designed the poster – you can see it on p11 of this pdf of some of my visual work at the lab.
    • My first pieces in the exhibition was a brass map using the Buckminster-Fuller projection that could be carried in the pocket. the idea was that over years, like a favourite sculpture, the map would be polished smooth in regions that the user pointed to often. I’ll see if I can find a picture of this.
    • My second piece was a video of faces to accompany my audio recording, installed inside one of the boxes in the exhibition.