Week 7 - Class One

Continuing from last week's work on installation audio, we are going to work on the "old school" part of making an installation - creating the physical media that would be distributed to a gallery or museum. Many times, if you are working on an audio installation piece, you will be providing a computer, audio card, speakers and other goodies. But sometimes - and especially in the case of a purely audio work - you can get away with just sending the audio in a physical format like a CD.

In fact, in some cases this is the only way that it'll happen. In many small galleries, they don't have much available audio technology other than the CD player that the owner uses for her yoga class, so being prepared for the lowest possible technology is going to put you in a good professional place.

In order to simulate this state of affairs, we are going to be working with boomboxes as our playback medium, and are going to make physical CD's in order to complete our team projects. Thus, we will need to learn how to make physical CD media, and use it to test our work on the boombox devices.

Setting up media for CD burns

Luckily, you won't be making commercial-style audio CD's with multiple tracks and imbedded CD text. Rather, we are going to make simple CD's that contain the individual tracks for the four-player system we are going to be using on Wednesday. Since that is the case, setting up the audio files for CD burns is rather easy.

The first step is to load your audio file into the audio editor. CD tracks are determine by selecting a section of and audio file and using the "CD Marker" to identify a section that will be an audio track.

In our case, the entire audio track is going to be a single CD track, so you can select the whole file, select the CD Marker option, and end up with a single track CD setup.

Save your CD-track'd file, then select the "CD Editor" from the View screen. This will give you a blank area for assembling files and tracks into a physical CD. Drag your audio file (with the CD marker) to the CD Layout, and check out the options. In our case, we are going with the 'Entire File' option. You could drag files without CD markers, but in my experience, Audition doesn't always burn correctly when you do this.

Once you have your simple CD ready, click on the "Burn to CD" button, select the optical drive, place a CD in the burner and hit "OK". It'll take a few minutes to burn the CD, but you will now have a completed disk.

You will want to check on how the CD sounds in the player, check how it sounds when repeating (with the timing gap at the beginning of each CD playback), and determine the settings you will use on the CD player to make sure that things work as expected.

In Class Assignment:

No Individual Homework!


Week 7 - Class Two

Team Project Presentation

On Wednesday, meet in the Shwayder top floor to do the team presentations. Each team will be given 30 minutes to burn the final CD's, get them working with the CD players and locate the CD players appropriately. After the 30 minutes, the team will give a brief presentation on the work, then allow us to experience it for the next 20 minutes. The order of the teams will be determined at the beginning of class on Wednesday. Please be prompt!