Additional Assignments

Interview with Pauline Oliveros

In this interview, Pauline Oliveros talks about his life and experiences as he continues with his work. How he started a band and how “Deep Listening” became popular through out the years.

Pauline Oliveros is an American composer who has great amount of experience with education, improvisation, and meditation. He also teaches these topics to people in the university. Recently, he has been practicing a philosophy known as “Deep Listening.”  This philosophy is “sound awareness that recognizes the difference between involuntary hearing and the process of concentrated selection that is listening.” Along with this, he founded the band, “The Deep Listening Band” in 1988 to continue his work.

With deep listening, you are able to sit, relax, and be calm as you listen to the sounds that are around you. You can let your mind fly freely to be comfortable, especially when meditating. This has become a sensation that everyone, well not everyone, has been able to get their thoughts together after listening to their beautiful surroundings .

What I enjoyed about this interview is finding out about deep listening. Sometimes, I like to meditate and listen to sounds of nature on the radio. Other times I just listen to what is around me and I didn’t know the term that would follow that routine. Now I know and it makes me appreciate it more.

Interview with John Cage

John Cage is an American composer who is known for many compositions. He also wrote a book called, “No Such Thing as Silence.” One of well-known pieces is 4’33”. This is a piece that he composed that contains no content whatsoever. The piece is 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence. It was performed by people by sitting next to an instrument looking as if they are going to play something. However, they were just sitting and doing nothing for that amount of time.

With his thoughts on silence, he felt there was none. Even if you and others are quiet and not saying anything, minor sounds from the background are still coming out. For example, if my brother  and I were reading books silently, it wouldn’t be silent because of the sounds around us. We would be hearing the automobiles outside the house. The weather whether snow or rain. Footsteps that come from every direction.

So, I find this piece interesting because it speaks for itself. A lot of people would expect a big show stopper in front of them. John Cage didn’t follow that and made something interesting to all. To me, you don’t need something big to have something special.



Week 5 Assignment

Here are the left and right sounds of the interview Romario and I did. For some reason, the sound separated into the 2 sounds. Anyway, we were able to talk and have fun with the questions that were asked and the way the answers came out.

The content you hear is where my family is from, who is my family, and the things I do in my spare time. Also, I chose this content because it was what seemed to be the most comedic parts of the interview so I thought it was cool to use these pieces for other people to laugh. Also, it gives a more detailed summary on who I am and where everything started.

Parts that I removed were long breathing, ummm……, and anything I felt was unnecessary. There were even some sentences that I removed completely to get it to sound as it does.

Lavalier Microphone

Today, we were testing out some new equipment. We tested out the microphones known as the “Dynamic” microphone and the “Lavalier” microphone. We took both microphones and recorded random people around the school. With the Lavalier microphone, we walked around and had Romario greet and and have conversations with the people. Their expressions were comedic as well as their responses.

This is the recording from the Lavalier microphone that was edited on ProTools. You’ll see that it was interesting and awkward to walk around and talk to people in the school. We did have some fun doing the assignment because of how weird it was to talk to the people.

I would say the challenges we faced were adjusting the sound for the microphone and editing the recording. For me, it was the editing because I couldn’t figure out certain things when it came to the fading of the assignment.