The Space Between Sounds

I am not going to lie; this reading was really hard to get through. I had to go over it a few times to try and understand everything that the author was trying to get across, and I am not sure I quite understand yet. This chapter is about sound and sound glitch, that part was obvious enough, but the ways that Krapp breaks down the chapter is very thorough. His breakdown of the history of sound glitch is very interesting. I did not know how far back people had been attempting to combine the medium in which the music is being presented and the composition or the type of sounds that the artist wants. The fact that people have been messing with sound for so many years doesn’t surprise me, we as a species seem to be fascinated with our abilities to generate certain sounds.

This chapter brings up how noise plays an important factor in the production of sound, noise being what exists between the major sounds. Krapp writes about how the invention of the computer has effected the way sound has been produce since at least 1956, with the Music Compiler I. With these new tools there are new possibilities for what can be done. Unforeseen errors and the glitches as well as clicks and other things that are repeatable and have the possibility to be randomized are vital to the production of new sounds.

Many times people don’t take the medium in which the sound is being presented into consideration when thinking about music. There are certain things about the different presentations that can be ignored by most people, but they do make difference in how sound is taken in. There is a difference to the imperfections and scratchy sounds of a record compared to the clean sound of digital file. Glitching sound, while keeping making the computer stand out on its own, forms a bridge between the human hand creating the sound and the machine.

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2 thoughts on “The Space Between Sounds

  1. Your last comment on the (im)perfection of certain mediums reminds me of the ways in which it’s also interesting how nowadays it seems like many people even go so far as to value such flaws in musical recordings. Why do people pay $200 for a record player at Urban Outfitters when an mp3 download will have a clearer sound? I think people like the fact that there is a rawness to music when one can hear all the scratches and noise in between.

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  2. When you spoke about the imperfections of mediums it made me wonder and realize that our current readings have not focused a large amount on the medium in which the glitch is presented. I do think that when you listen to different music on different mediums, the song is heard differently. My question is, which one is more important? Which medium makes more of a statement? Does listening to an mp3 audio file make more of a statement then listening to a record and hearing the scratches. I again think that this is subjective to the person. I think it’s interesting how we now live in a day and age where we want no glitches, yet glitches are all around us, even in the music we listen too. So why do we keep trying to run away from glitches?

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