Re: A New CEC Project? Archiving and access

Subject: Re: A New CEC Project? Archiving and access
From: Ned Bouhalassa (
Date: Sun Oct 16 2005 - 10:36:25 EDT

On 15-Oct-05, at 11:56 PM, Kevin Austin wrote:

> Such a project would face the same issues that all archiving has to,
> namely, how to sort and catalog so that things can be found.

Keywords might be sufficient.

> has invited people to curate "galleries", but few people have
> the time, energy and skills necessary to create a gallery that
> reflects some specific artistic or aesthetic vision. This is not a
> criticism, it's a reality for many arts organizations.

I was approached to curate a gallery. I gave up because I didn't find
the interface to be comfortable for me to use. I'm also not sure that
searching via keywords when looking for _music to listen to_ is such a
good idea. I find that initially, I don't really care if a given piece
contains _analog modular synths_, or uses sounds _recorded in
Australia_, or contains _whispers_, _train horns_, and _airport
ambiences_. I just want the piece to be interesting, challenging,
surprising or meditative, for eg. OTOH, were I to be searching a
sample/recordings database for some sounds/inspiration for a piece I'm
working on about an imaginary voyage down under, I would surely punch
those very keywords in.

> The cataloging / cross-referencing is necessary to be able to find
> things, and currently, there are few robust tools for the description
> / analysis of sounds in general, and soundscapes can be perplexing:
> -- sunny, cars, people talking, footsteps, door closes, music from a
> radio, bus stops and goes
> I can hear it all, but where is it? Does it help if I preface the
> description with London, New York, Berlin, St-Jerome?

Depends on the needs: if the user's piece _must_ have very specific
references then, yes, they might need to know exact location (and
sounds that average listeners might connect with a specific place, like
the sound of Big Ben, the Berlin U-Bahn, New Yawk street vendors). Sure
soundscapes can be perplexing, but remember that the user might only
need the, 'footsteps and door closing', or the 'music from a radio, bus
stops and goes' parts of the soundscapes.


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