ARCH 21ST-03 SPACES FOR MEDIATION
Land Acknowledgement Journal and final Drawing
This course was mostly research based. In the course we were asked to choose a land that we wanted to acknowledge and research through the course of the semester. I chose Bushwick NY. I care about this land because of the music and culture located in that area today. During my research I found that the Lenape Indigenous tribe lived on that land first. Sound became a huge part of my research because it was an ally and familiar medium for me to research the Lenape people and the current day techno and music scene. I then began drawing connections in sound between the Lenape people and the current inhabitants of Bushwick. The rhythm and minimalism in sole heart beat rate drum and vocal use I the indigenous songs of the Lenape people directly related to techno. The ritual practice of performance and dance to simple repeating rhythmic beats and vocal drones directly relates to the ritual practices of attending raves and listening to techno. Both are celebrations, the Lenape people are celebrating the land and the environment, and I am celebrating music, meditation and ritual practice in itself in parallel to the Lenape people. My research on various forms of sonic practice to present my research brought me to granular synthesis because of its relation to nature, generation and generativeness, an initial state of being, and evolution over time.
Granular synthesis reminds me of grains of sand. The wind blows grains of sand in the wind to create a new portrait in the ground. recorded audio is a trim and cut/sample of that moment in time
* representing sound visually, sand and dust
* in relation to minimalism and minimalistic moves within composition
Granular synthesis reminds me of evolution. You start with a set of genes, that is your audio, your initial state, first generation, and as you stretch that state, that initial audio over time, the longer the audio is stretched, the audio adapts to itself and has to inevitably evolve into a new form of being.
Granular synthesis reminds me of raindrops in a storm
I presented my work as an installation and sonic performance where I placed real grass in between all electronic musical instruments (my modular synthesizer and speakers) and the ground, creating a filter between the electronic and the organic, a filter between the new, grass as regrowth and generativeness, and the land itself. I processed and manipulated existing authentic Lenape music using Teletype (a live coding eurorack with its own syntax, voltage followed from the amplitude of the incoming Lenape songs informed and was translated into binary, whose values were converted to digital pulses and slewed voltages to trigger and manipulate the granular algorithms controls). This performance was not only a presentation of my land acknowledgment and research but a ritual practice in itself and a representation of the history of music culture through creative computation.
Case Delle Armi, Luigi Moretti
Curved flat planes extend from vertical colomns to cre- ate a sort of truss to hold up the curved roof structure. These are mirrored on both sides and meet art a center point where a window seperates the edges of the curved structures, creating an apeture for light. a flat roof is placed over the structures, the colomns on the side of the shorter curved roofing enxent vertically to the hight of the higher roof, to create the illusion of a single recta- nular cube shape on the exterior of the building.
Circulation and Sequence
A fencing student walks into Case Delle Armi, makes a slight right turn, and continues to the stairs. The student passes through a doorway to the staircase and walks up one flight of stairs to the second level, making two left turns on the way up. They then walk through a doorway onto the balcony. They make a right turn and walk to- wards the end of the balcony, and make a left turn at the end of the balcony towards the doorway onto the outside (but roofed) passageway into the next building. They make a right turn and walk through the passageway and into an entrance into the next building. They then make
a left turn towards the locker / storage area. they walk to their locker, grab gear and what not, and walk towards the spiral staircase at the end of the space. They then walk down the spiral staircase and into the half-hight lower level space. They take a right and walk down the space and into to the meeting room at the end of the space.
Lightweight Pavillion Art Academy