Thursday, October 31, 2013

Mobile phone segment on Butterfield Horse

My students and I have been thinking about how to develop effective segments for our outdoor art and landscape tour of campus. We do want the audio pieces to be a little wacky and unexpected, to get our auditors to experience art and landscape sites in new ways.  We've been talking about how to vary tone, to use humor, or startling juxtapositions, to shake things up a little bit.

I've tried my hand at this, with a segment about Deborah Butterfield's cast bronze sculpture, Wickiup, on the southwestern edge of campus. Like many of her horse sculptures, the piece appears to be made out of drift wood; it was cast at a foundry in Walla Walla and is installed as a long term loan here at Central. I've heen thinking we might do a series of audio pieces on this intriguing work.

A sign would list the phone number of the tour and list the prompt numbers to enter.

In this little piece, at:

I try to imagine what the horse might be thinking, standing out there between the campus buildings. I try for some humor mixed with an elegiac tone--- still trying to get this right, and it might work better if one of our theater colleagues performed the script instead.

You can access it through a phone line at  (509) 350-5040.   Enter 113, followed by the pound sign (#)

Still working on the audio levels. I've recorded the piece digitally on computer and then uploaded it to the Guide by Cell server. The other option is just to call the recording via telephone, using a land line.  That might work better, since then one doesn't have to worry about compression ratios.

I'm eager to see what the students in my Exhibiting Nature seminar, as well the Theater and Performance studies grad students, come up with for this experimental audio tour!

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