The Giver Revisited, Revised.

The Giver Revisited, Revised.

Kate Strain

My original project worked with the fleeting nature a section of the text, The Giver. In the specific passage, the protagonist, Jonas, realizes that he can see in color while the rest of his community can see in black and white. In my original project, I focused on the fleeting nature of this change through the musicality of language. Using different languages for the section of text that describes when he sees in color instead black and white brought a new level to the musicality of the text. In my final project, I used the audio from my proto-project and a couple additional recordings of the same text. I attempted to begin the audio focusing on the sounds, then by the end, focusing on the language. At approximately 10 seconds into the piece, I hinted at the theme of the language, but moved back into sounds. I had a difficult time disconnecting the meaning and words from the sound. To do so initially, I began by putting soundwaves that looked similar together. This allowed for the different languages to be next to one another without realizing they are different languages. I found that repeating one sound while multiple times created a interesting echoing effect musically. I found that cutting words in half created another interesting effect that focused on the musicality of the sounds. Overall, this project challenged my creativity, as I did not believe I was musically talented. I found that by playing with the sounds and by creating the sound to language form helped put my piece together.


2 thoughts on “The Giver Revisited, Revised.

  1. Hi Kate,

    Awesome. You did a wonderful job transforming this project from concept to reality. The project has a clear and convincing musical structure, but your implementation of this structure was not rigid — you allowed yourself some creative liberties, and these worked very well. The layering of voices and repetition/dissection of words in the first half of your project suited your concept quite well. In your presentation, you correctly pointed to the idea of ‘semantic saturation or satiation’ (both terms are correct) which is also at play early in your composition. The contrast created by the longer phrases spoken consecutively by different voices served as a beautiful conclusion. This is really well done.

    I actually would encourage you to leave out–or limit even further–the small amount of audio processing you included–particularly the moment when you slow down the speech. It stands out a bit and isn’t really necessary. You achieve all you need to achieve in thinning out the texture and adding purposeful silences.

    The extra time in the audio is likely due to the default rendering option in Reaper–this will render the entire audio file, instead of your time selection.

    Great job, Kate. It was a pleasure to have you in class this semester.


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