Video and Sound


Handcrafted: Brenda Zheng

Handcrafted: Brenda Zheng

Brenda Zheng Studio Filming

Week 2


This was the track that Yueping and I created. We wanted to create a track that reflected the sounds in our normal life. We had sounds of the subway, coffee machines, and many other sounds that could be applied to our normal life. We also wanted to confuse the listeners. The story was so bizzare, but we come to realize that it was their normal life. It confused us, but the the characters in the story, that is normal. We wanted to create a track that uses normal everyday sounds but in a confusing way to reflect how we felt about the story.

Week 1

Her Long Black Hair is one of the most interesting experiences I have had with sound. The most interesting part was unraveling the story as I walked. It was as if I was walking with the narrator and literally following her footsteps. The story of the narrator finding the photos in a thrift shop and trying to pinpoint the locations that the woman in the pictures was at was so interesting and intimate.

The inability for me to differentiate the sounds from the audio and the sounds from real life was the most surprising. Usually, it is easy to tell what sound is from where, but I catch myself struggling a lot with that. I had to look around a few times to see if there was actually a marching band or if there really was a conversation happening behind me.

I also did struggle with finding the locations. Some things were very hard to find, especially around the Central Park Zoo. I was unable to find the clock tower and the seals. That did detract a bit from the full experience, but it was still fulfilling. The ending with the synchronized breathing with the narrator was one of the most intimate moments, and the overall experience was very surreal.

The reading and TED talk were very similar. They both touch the subject of recycled ideas in the form of "remixes" and plagerism in the form of "influence". This subject is interesting because of the society we live in that focuses on copyrite. However, I agree with the idea that everything we create is influenced by something already created in history. As mentioned, in the TED talk, "Good artists copy, great artists steal." The article mentions about the Simpsons, "You take away our right to steal ideas, where are they going to come from?" These ideas still hold true because inspiration comes from something, whether it is from previous work or something else. Many times, similarities are coincidential, but it may be because their inspirations are the same. There are really no truly original ideas that are not based off of something else.