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  • Halsey Burgund | SARF
    FREE TACO card here on my desk expires before I return and I m getting Thai food today who wants it spiders October 18 2011 this one is even bigger than cat sized Audio MP3 Audio MP3 ArtLab October 17 2011 On this past Saturday I ran a workshop at ArtLab which is a very impressive teen design center affiliated with the Hirshhorn Museum at Smithsonian It s located right next to the Hirshhorn s sculpture garden and is a place I would have died to have access to when I was a teen It s a big bright space and is equipped with just about every type of digital equipment one might need to experiment with audio video and other visual types of art and design Mac Books iPhones iMacs sound studio with much of what I use at home in my studio huge flat screens with every gaming console imaginable plugged in And it s free to teens They contacted me a while ago about doing a workshop related to the soundscapes I create with my work and I thought it sounded like fun to put something together where teens could create their own soundscape collectively with music and voices over the course of an afternoon Roundware is perfectly capable of allowing this to happen but this workshop was a challenge for me because it forced me to make some tweaks to the system and think more about how RW can be more easily deployed by people who have no prior exposure to the technology The workshop was a success for the participants for sure and they created a cool soundscape in the garden but it also gave me added impetus to build out the accessibility aspects of Roundware There is a big difference between a software platform that can be used effectively by its developers vs a software platform that can be easily learned and used by people who know nothing about it ahead of time Things like better web interfaces more exposure of design parameters and visual methods of setting up and configuring RW for a particular soundscape installation are all desperately needed but I can t really make a huge dent in this without funding I m hoping that because we have made Roundware open source and are starting to use it for more projects beyond my own audio installations that support to build it out further will continue to come in Smithsonian is already making a large investment in supporting my team in building iOS and Android libraries and I have been getting interest from a bunch of other groups at SI who want to use RW so I have high hopes that collectively these interested parties can fund developments that will benefit them all me and everyone else It sounds a bit ridiculously utopian but this is the amazing aspect of open source community developed software ArtLab Soundscapes workshop participants The workshop was a really exciting way to get more of a glimpse of how RW could be used as an educational tool The teens we had participating really enjoyed themselves and I think we even tricked them into learning some stuff without them realizing They got experience with GarageBand to create some music and then spent a lot of time outside in the sculpture garden looking at and talking about the sculptures Sure there was limited informed intellectual discussion about the works of art but to me that type of looking and thinking is over rated They used their imaginations to make the sculptures relevant to them personally and really opened their eyes in ways that I don t think they normally do I may be making lots of assumptions about what they actually experienced but the picture looks like they were having fun so I m going with it Here s a short video the folks at ArtLab put together Being here at SI and talking to so many interesting museum education people about their goals has solidified my beliefs that Roundware will primarily be an educational tool not an artistic tool Of course it can and will do both but the market for educational purposes is vastly larger and that is likely where development funding will originate so the platform will probably become a bit more streamlined for these sorts of uses This actually makes me really excited Education is so important to the survival of this planet and if there is something I can do however initially inadvertent to help those who have devoted their lives to this I will feel proud Transportation October 17 2011 My reserved parking space and industrial size cool down device the other kind of resources October 14 2011 I m starting to realize that my research here at Smithsonian is as much about learning about from the people who are working here in the various museums then it is about studying the audio archives This place is so big and there are so many vastly disparate projects that people here are working on I find it really inspiring I have always found the the multi disciplinary approach has worked best for me and having the opportunity to have access to so many disciplines in one concentrated place is really cool Earlier this week I met with an ethnographer at the National Museum of Natural History and just today I hung out with the Mobile Learning Program Lead at the National Postal Museum I didn t even know there was a Postal Museum But now I do and it turns out to be a really cool place if you are over 80 and collect stamps Ha ha ha this is what I expected but I was pretty far off the museum is totally fascinating as it dives into the history of the Postal Service in relation to the history of the country It s also really amazing how much innovation the Postal Service contributed through developing new ways to collect mailbags via airplane without landing to building machinery to read and sort billions of pieces of mail to starting to use ethanol fueled vehicles in the 1980s way before anyone else cared at all about minimizing fossil fuel use And apparently that whole only take right hand turns thing to maximize your driving efficiency was pioneered by the Postal Service as well My fourth week here is winding down and as I reflect I realize how valuable these interactions have been for me and how they will likely continue to be so in the years ahead I have gone in and out of feeling like I had not yet done enough actual listening to audio from the various archives but I think that s still a step away in any directed and significant way For now I m just going to keep heading in the direction that s feeling right chronological October 12 2011 The amazing thing about this artist research fellowship is that it really is research focused It is intended as very early stage support for free experimentation rather than support for the actual creation of new work that will be put on exhibit Not having that impending deadline is really liberating and is allowing me the chance to cast the net very wide at this point You d think that this is the way artists always approach things with a lot of experimentation and freedom but my experience has been that all too often by the time any institution has agreed to let you actually create something that they will exhibit it s more about getting it done as proposed rather than truly experimenting So this is all great but the down side is that there is no guarantee of any sort that any of the research I do now will lead to an exhibit at SI or anywhere else I m pretty confident it will at least indirectly have a significant influence in the direction of my future work but of course I would love to have the results of my research directly turn into an exhibit somewhere hopefully here at Smithsonian I ve been talking to one of the curators involved in the SARF selection process about potential projects Apparently during the selection process my work in general and proposal specifically got people thinking about a pan art museum audio project of some sort which could bring together the 7 art musuems that are a part of Smithsonian in some interesting way using selections from across all of their audio archives I ve been thinking about this idea and as I listen to more and more from the archives the more exciting this possibility becomes To me the most interesting aspect of this idea is chronology these recordings were made varying numbers of years ago during times that were no doubt quite different from the present which is when all the recordings I ve used in my work prior to this have come from I ve been listening to a bunch of older recordings and they have such an interesting sound to them due to the recording techniques and devices available at the time as well as the fact that society and culture continuously evolve so it just sounds like it s from another era People speak so differently now then they did in the past I m not sure if this is because being recorded was more of a special occasion which led to people speaking differently than they normally would or if people simply have changed the nuances of their communication but it s a really interesting difference I m still tossing around various ideas in my head about this potential project but arranging voices of artists chronologically talking about their work and then allowing present day participants to add their own commentary about what they were perhaps doing in the years that the recordings were made is intriguing to me Or maybe I ask people to compare aspects of the archival content to stuff in their lives in the present day I don t know I m experimenting out loud Udvar Hazy October 10 2011 Though I would have liked to show more solidarity with Native Americans everywhere including approximately 12 5 of my wife who is in town yay by visiting NMAI I instead travelled west of the city to Chantilly to celebrate my Columbus Day at the Udvar Hazy Center I was told it s like a huge room of model airplanes all suspended in action poses ready for battle with one significant difference they are not models They are all real and they were all up in the air wires unattached pilots aboard and under their own power at some point in each of their pasts So needless to say I reverted to a time when I had no job and could just run around and explore and do whatever I wanted hold it hmmmm I don t really know exactly what it is about things that have propellers and jets and blast off but I guess they capture the spirit of innovation and discovery really well It s just exciting to see how mankind developed these amazing technologies and to see a chronology of our discoveries and accomplishments in this area Simply getting us off the ground seems like a minor miracle in any regard but to see the extent to which this has become possible over a relatively short period of time it s really mind blowing It definitely made me feel conflicted about NASA s current diminished state We saw the stealth bomber the Space Shuttle Enterprise saw an IMAX about the new Boeing 787 and went in a flight simulator three barrel rolls woohoo and a whole lot more all under one very impressive roof As I mentioned in an earlier post one of my advisors works at the Air and Space Museum so technically this was research I am very excited to dive into more of their audio archives once their move is completed as I think this era of discovery could provide some great material for a piece If you are ever in the area go there for an entire day You will not be disappointed Folk archives October 4 2011 I had a meeting with one of my advisors yesterday who is the archivist at the Smithsonian Folklife Collections This was another exploratory mission to try to get a handle on what is available in another one of the audio collections at SI It did me absolutely no good with regards to my prevalent feelings of overwhelm After letting me know that they record over 1200 hours of audio each and every year and have done that for the past 45 years or so I got a tour of the room where all this stuff is kept It was large and filled with shelf upon shelf upon cabinet upon rack of every format imaginable of audio recordings They had everything from original aluminum master discs that were literally carved in real time while a performance was happening to cassette tapes by the thousands And rows upon rows of 1 4 magnetic tape neatly aligned chronologically or otherwise in labeled boxes I learned to stay away from the early 80 s reels as the tape was bad in those years something to do with shoddy manufacturing My advisor knew where everything was he s been doing this for a while So what s on the tapes Lots of historical music stuff to begin with That s all great but not really what I m interested in They have 40 000 tracks of sounds from the 20th century as recorded by the original Folkways record label including such herpetological hits as Sounds of North American Frogs by Various Artists Apparently they even have the outtakes from these recording sessions which are probably pretty entertaining stop cut you have to wait at least three seconds between each of your croaks And then they have 45 years of complete recordings from the Folklife Festival which has been bringing together amazing people cultures activities sessions on various folk related broadly interpreted themes annually on the National Mall since the late 60s These are of particular interest to me but I ll save those discussions for another day because I need to leave the office now Unnamed Federal Building October 1 2011 There s a lot of security in DC I think at least 10 of the jobs in this town are security related if not more and I guess it makes sense They ve got all these cool security accoutrements in buildings that we don t see in Boston at all I ve been having a good time with the view from my office because I get to see some serious security in action My office is on the second floor and there is an alleyway between my building and the nondescript one next door So I ve been watching because we artist types don t really do any work we just sit around and stare off into space or alleyways In any case there is a loading dock in the alleyway and every time any vehicle wants to get in there is an intricate process First there s always a guy in a suit pacing around the entrance to the alleyway He s got the requisite ear piece with the curly wire going down the back of his neck and looks pretty focussed and efficient and a bit intimidating So he stops the vehicle in the road Then another guy in SWAT looking gear gets out of a white minivan yeah that part isn t so threatening though the plates do clearly state DHS followed by a very professional looking german shepherd They walk around the vehicle together and nothing happens I assume that if there were any whiffs of explosives the dog would go wild and things would get very exciting very quickly But as it has been happening it just looks like the guy is taking his dog on a very short walk They get back into the van in their reserved parking spot and then the weird noises start happening The steel gate retracts first and then a series of five of these hydraulically controlled 12 inch diameter bollards space across the entrance sink into the concrete Those things are super cool and they are all over the place in DC I guess they will stand up to being rammed but can be really quickly moved up and down It seems as though the guy in the suit controls them with a remote control I have this nearly irresistible urge to stand on top of one and ask to be lifted up and down but somehow I think that might not fall into protocol In any case the alleyway is now open for the truck or whatever to back into the loading dock and unload cargo that I can only imagine Of course all delivery trucks are totally un marked My very nice friends who clearly care a lot about me have repeatedly suggested that I take lots of pictures and even video to send to them from my official government controlled internet connection As much as I want to I think it might not end up well for me So I feel safe here mainly due to the dog I think I m in a good spot as long as I don t write anything on my blog about the inner workings of the security of a building that I suspect may belong to an uber stealthy division of the US Government in charge of some pretty important things and people legalities September 29 2011 I ve always had to worry a bit about the law when it comes to my work I use material spoken voice recordings contributed by other people which can lead to all sorts of ownership and copyright issues Of course I

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  • Northeast Performer - aesthetic evidence - words and voices review
    a woman who is checking the microphone by saying Halsey you re the hottest man I ve ever seen against a single and almost creepy string Burgund pauses gasps and says You don t know how excited I am to have that on tape The song continues with three loops of Halsey you re the hottest man and then one I ve ever seen repeated throughout the song with a simple foot tapping hip hop beat that eventually leads into a powerful combination of drums bass and keyboard Words and Voices style might seem very similar to that of the Books but Burgund makes a point of sticking only to samples of the human voice and using them to create a true collage that connects seamlessly and deeply with the music This collage of words against original music with a great beat makes Words and Voices a genuine musical work of art by Aesthetic Evidence It is music dedicated to something other than the band s girlfriends and personal hardships it is dedicated to this thing that humans often take for granted speaking Recently Burgund worked on a project called Bring Your Own Voice where people could enter a mobile

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  • Hotel Dreamy | SPEAK
    your dream live Address Some Simple Instructions You must have a microphone connected to your computer to make a recording Most laptops have an internal mic and desktops often come with an external mic or a webcam which contains a mic Cheap USB mics are also available and work very well Legal Mumbo Jumbo By clicking I Agree below you understand that any recording you make on this site will

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  • Deep Time | Info
    understandings of time energy and our ancestors in this context In this way astrophysicists geologists evolutionary biologists and paleo scientists will walk alongside those involved in the cultural interfaces of our relationship to nature Your wonder could be an idea or story that amazed you a current or abiding research interest an object you can bring to show you decide There are three ways to participate Join for a Walk

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  • Music for Journaling | Info
    a brief description of the piece that is included in the print journal Music for Journaling is a participatory audio installation designed to be experienced in conjunction with this journal It is an audio environment containing music inspired by this journal mixed with spoken voice commentary recorded by journal readers across the globe The piece will continuously evolve as participants record their thoughts and react to those of other readers as well as the content of the journal itself All responses are immediately assimilated into the musical composition for everyone to hear PAD is about sharing ideas and creating a critical community focused on public art and its role in society Music for Journaling is a piece of public art created directly from these ideas and this community Participant commentary will continually be added to the piece and will be algorithmically folded into an ongoing global conversation about the content of the journal and about public art in general The piece begins its life with only instrumental music and as more people add their comments this audio landscape will become increasingly populated and more non linear dialogues will be created New sequences of voices are generated in real time allowing

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  • Music for Journaling | LISTEN
    in the context of a new musical composition halseyburgund com listen speak info voice map Who do you want to hear I don t like categories Artist Academic Enthusiast What do you want to hear Listen pause Update Required To

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  • Music for Journaling | SPEAK
    talk about Where are you Address Instructions You must have a microphone connected to your computer to make a recording Most laptops have an internal mic and desktops often come with an external mic or a webcam which contains a mic Cheap USB mics are also available and work very well Legal Mumbo Jumbo By clicking I Agree below you understand that any recording you make on this site will

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  • Halsey Burgund | Work
    public art and the city of Cambridge MA itself Music for Journaling A participatory audio composition about sharing ideas and creating a critical community focused on public art and its role in society Commissioned by Public Art Dialogue for Volume 2 Issue 1 Audience Participation Hotel Dreamy Where our dreams go on vacation A growing collection of dream recollections and some music to bring them together Dreamy Me An exploration of my own dreams recorded right after I have them unfiltered Mountain Ghosts An outdoor participatory location aware installation at University of Colorado in the shadow of the Rockies Voices Without Faces Voices Without Races 6 channel audio 3 channel video installation at the Museum of Science Boston exploring race and racial relations in eastern Massachusetts Scapes A site specific participatory sound art installation which inhabited the entire deCordova sculpture park by creating a location sensitive musical layer of audio which participants accessed and contributed to using a smartphone Ocean Voices A global initiative to bring people together in support of ocean conservation through a musical work elements response An audio visual performance using voices of people talking about the elements Round A participatory audio installation at the Aldrich Contemporary

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