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A short talk on sound props for the School of Visual Arts MFA in Products of Design

October 26, 2012 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

This Friday I’m giving a short talk to my friend Emilie Baltz‘s class at the School of Visual Arts. The students are studying for their Masters of Fine Arts in Products of Design. It’s a small class, but if you’re interested in coming by, I’m told I can invite guests.

She asked me to discuss the use of props in music, specifically mentioning the idea of megaphones. I have departed somewhat from this idea, and will be doing a short, improvised, visually-driven talk called Enter the Horn: megaphones, sound props & striking a balance between irony, authenticity and futurism.

Among the topics being discussed are Judaism’s use of the ram’s horn shofar — Italian futurism — Edison’s invention of the phonograph — circular breathing sax player Colin Stetson – Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue — the instantly anachronistic gold record that Carl Sagan curated for the Voyager spaceship — Andrew Bird’s spinning horn — the amplifiers of the band Shellac — German industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten — Buke & Gase’s handmade instruments — novelty iPhone speakers — composer Tristan Perich — comedian Reggie Watts — and the performance art band People Get Ready.

Hopefully it won’t be too pretentious. There’ll be a lot of JPEGs and YouTube clips.

Traditional Horns


Futurist Horns

“Authentic” Horns

Postmodern Horns aka “Beyond the Horn”

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