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  • Halsey Burgund | Transportation
    Bring Your Own Voice enemies of enormity Roundware A Walk Through Deep Time A walk through 4 57 billion years of the earth s history layering ideas from across philosophy science and culture and inviting you to share your own sense of wonder ROUND Cambridge A new piece of public sound art created from personal responses to existing public art and the city of Cambridge MA itself Music for Journaling

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  • Halsey Burgund | the other kind of resources
    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 Share Tweet Ongoing Projects aesthetic evidence Bring Your Own Voice enemies of enormity Roundware A Walk

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  • Halsey Burgund | chronological
    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

    Original URL path: http://halseyburgund.com/2012/2011/10/chronological/ (2016-04-27)
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  • Halsey Burgund | Udvar-Hazy
    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 Share Tweet Ongoing Projects aesthetic evidence Bring Your Own Voice enemies of enormity Roundware A Walk Through Deep Time A walk through

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  • Halsey Burgund | Folk archives
    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 Share Tweet Ongoing Projects aesthetic evidence Bring Your Own Voice enemies of enormity Roundware A Walk Through Deep Time A walk through

    Original URL path: http://halseyburgund.com/2012/2011/10/folk-archives/ (2016-04-27)
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  • Halsey Burgund | Unnamed Federal Building
    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

    Original URL path: http://halseyburgund.com/2012/2011/10/unnamed-federal-building/ (2016-04-27)
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  • Halsey Burgund | legalities
    and I record that before starting the interview I try to avoid paper and signatures as they always instantly formalize things which is not what I m looking to do in my work These approaches have worked pretty well in the past and I think the fact that I am not getting rich off of anything helps dissuade people from suing me as well But all this applies when I am explicitly collecting voices directly from the source mouth rather than collecting from material that was recorded in the past for other purposes So needless to say I am embarking on a new battle of legal discovery here at Smithsonian It seems as though most researchers who want access to the SI audio archives do not want the actual voices They want the words and they want the meaning and they want the historical context but they don t want need the voices themselves in recorded form So when I ask the question about what I am allowed to do with the actual voice recordings and how I am allowed to use them in my own work all of a sudden no one seems to really know the answer The Smithsonian is a public institution supported by the government but this does not mean that the archives are freely accessible to be used for any purpose by anyone I was hoping my SARF credentials would give me some sort of magic key to be able to use anything I wanted as I pleased but not surprisingly this is definitely not true So in order to avoid wasting lots of time listening to material that I am not ultimately allowed to make use of and more importantly to avoid falling in love with material I can t use my first task

    Original URL path: http://halseyburgund.com/2012/2011/09/legalities/ (2016-04-27)
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  • Halsey Burgund | backwards?
    to the topics that I have explored in my work the ocean race the weather etc and ones that I hope to explore in the future religion pets religious pets But now my approach is almost the reverse There are huge stores of recorded audio at Smithsonian and I have to seek them out and listen and decide what topics interest me from the source material and then figure out what on earth I want to do with them So I m a little confused and honestly flailing around a bit now but I like that this is forcing me into something different I think I ll get used to it soon getting some more specific ideas will help me focus and that will help me feel like I m actually doing something The other complication with using recordings that I did not make myself is a legal one More on this later Share Tweet Ongoing Projects aesthetic evidence Bring Your Own Voice enemies of enormity Roundware A Walk Through Deep Time A walk through 4 57 billion years of the earth s history layering ideas from across philosophy science and culture and inviting you to share your own sense

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