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cws / week 10 – sample composition + final progress

ahoy! for this weeks’ assignment we should work with some prerecorded sounds of an object we would like to record (forgot to post about it, sorry!!). my object was my bike, more specifically the bike in movement – which was interesting to record (a lot of effort on techniques to record it without putting the zoom recorder at risk and/or putting it in a way that it would get as less noise as it could).

i did several recordings of my way home > itp and vice-versa. they are all long recordings, which after hearing them over and over i felt that the moment that translated better for me what it is to bike are the most silent moments (fyi specially at night at the cross between bedford ave and clymer st). becausing biking around for me is the moment where i end up reflecting a lot about everything. so the silence for me seems to be the moment that i can truly be focused on what biking is to me.

so i took a look at the spectrum of one of the recordings on audition, to see which was the quietest part of it / has less frequencies.

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i exported that part (the darker area on the image) and used my wish of making it last longer as the main purpose of my composition. using audacity, i felt a bit overwelmed and couldn’t figure out the difference between with or without effects, but i was able to work with equalization and making the sound longer. it became this weird out of space metalice sound, which i really liked because it sounds a bit like a meditation sound that helps you to focus. you can check the original and the composition version here:


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worked on the pure data patch working, but i’m thinking of making it more controllable by the user. talking with ted today to see what he thinks about it!


Published in cooking with sound fall 2015


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