Monday, September 25, 2006

Sonic Event's first podcast!

So I suppose it is time that Sonic Event join the 20th Century and begin podcasting! (joke intended BTW). A few notes before I get to the good stuff. A word of advice for aspiring podcasters: think of something worthwhile to say! It took me a long time to feel like I had something even slightly meaningful to say, and then when I listened to the result I must admit that I was underwhelmed with my effort. Oh, well - only up from here!

Equipment used:

Apple PowerBook G4 (built in mic)



While I like Odeo and it's philosophy (and design elements) I find it not quite as elegant as those options on Word Press, but since Sonic Event is a Blogger blog my options are somewhat limited. Odeo does offer quite a few different players and also has a web-based recording interface for those that don't want to fiddle with an audio editor (even a simple one like Audacity).

Here it is! I hope you enjoy it! Please comment.

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Blogger Mike Boyd said...

Check out the article on documenting performance art in the new issue of PAJ:

Auslander, Philip: "The Performativity of Performance Documentation"

In the article, Auslander discusses different scenerios (photography for documentation or where the photo is the "work), and suggests that the documentation is really as much the work as the performance since it is used to "reconstruct" the event itself (and often photography receives primacy over audience perspective...think about a wedding where you can't see the bride and groom cutting the cake because the photographer is in the way). The article gave me a lot to think about and is well worth reading!

9/28/2006 11:32 AM  
Anonymous stephen f lilly said...

Too often people forget that media are not passive. We concentrate on the archival concern when adaptation should also be considered. Beyond the relatively simple question of the appropriate medium for documentation, lies the problem of accurately preserving the ideology and aesthetics of the original event. Is it better if the documentation can be the art rather than only representing it?

10/07/2006 10:33 PM  
Blogger Mike Boyd said...

The article I reference describes two types of works (and argues that they're really similar). The first type consists of a series of actions (that might be interesting) that result in a sort of documentation - but in this case the documentation is the sought out artwork. An example given was of an artist who took pictures while walking through New York - something that could be perceived as performance art. The pictures, however were arranged to make the "work" itself (I suppose this is similar to working in a studio, though I think the perceived difference is that a studio is private while this and other activities are accomplished in public where they could be viewed by others).

The other scenerio described in the article was traditional performance art that was "documented." This presents an interesting duality in terms of the "work" itself - is it the (temporary) event or the resulting (lasting) documentation. The author was arguing that over time the documentation becomes the work since that is all that remains.

I suppose given these two options - the artist has greater control of the former (that which Stephen describes where the documentation is the "art"), while in the latter (as Stephen correctly notes) it is more difficult to definitively convey the original intent/experience - something problematized by documentation media, personnel, etc.

I don't think there's a definitive answer, but it raises questions that are important to consider particularly for public, installation, or performance art, but also for concert music that is translated into a sound recording.

10/08/2006 3:08 PM  

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