Art 412 Conceptual/ Information Arts - Intro to Art & Technology
Assignment 3: Sound - Family Portrait - Text - Abstraction
Create a "portrait" of your family using sound.
an interesting way of mapping sound to persons and/or situations. For
you could pick a mapping that represents a each personís generic
or you could pick a particular kind of situation and then map your
membersí reactions to that situation.
You are asked to focus on text as a visual
. Use the characteristics of text to map to members of your family
experimenting with qualities such as size, motion, font,
Create an event in which sounds and image animation are related in
identifiable way - eg in synchronization or counterpoint. The
does not have to be highly interactive but it should allow viewers to
and stop particular sounds.
Some analysts believe sound is a neglected element in contempoary
art; we are a culture dominated by visuality "if you see
I mean". Also sound work is constrained by the historical
of music. Digital sound technologies allow easy recording,
and dissemination of sound and have spurred much sound art
Researchers are interested in sonification - the use of sound to
Read the articles
Stephen Wilson - Excerpts
from Information Arts focused on sound (5.2)
Pick at least one other article from the artlinks
text links (section on sound.)
(See main 412 page for sound resources)
3. Abstraction - Text
Abstraction is a key feature of current art and science. Symbols
are invoke to stand for complex elements of information.
try to avoid direct visual representation and open of a rich world of
that can map image to idea/object. Links to sites that explore
Every feature of text can become something to be manipulated, something
that carries symbolic meaning, something that takes on expressive power
in relation to the other text. Not everything needs to be
absolutely readable. Be careful with concrete mapping - for
example, "father" for father. Consider synonyms, character
qualities, personal references, favorite objects, typical emotions,
work, whatever can help stand for the person. Treat the text as a
graphic image. For example, consider the following: size,
color, grey scale, transparency, rotation, clarity, font, movement,
layering, The links with sound can bring in new meaning -
for example the sounds mimicing the words, standing against them,
foreshadowing changes in text, looping, using effects that amplify
things going on with the graphic text.
4. Design Constraints - Technical Requirements
Information about CIA
- - Digitize sound using Audacity or equivalent program
- - Import sound into sound cast using link to external file
- - Use lingo to control the sound using these and other commands -
play, soundbusy(), sound stop
- - At least one section should have a continually playing
that automatically replays when it is done - using the if...then and
- - At least one section should have more than one sound playing at
- - At least one section should have a feature in which user action
one sound and starts another.
- - At least one section should have a coordination of sound and
on the screen.