Penn State University - School of Visual Arts
Fall 2015
Art 415 Integrating Media: Convergence in Practice
Professor: Eduardo Navas (
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First Project: Three Sound Compositions and Their Analysis (20%)

Due: Wednesday, October 13, 2015

Develop three sound compositions based on principles of remix so far discussed. Go back to your recordings from previous weekly assignments to develop three recordings as follows:

1) Extended Remix: take elements from one of your original compositions and extend them to about double the original time. (If the original recording is longer than a minute, then your extended version should not be longer than 2 minutes total)

2) Selective Remix: add and substract elements to the original recording. The recording can be longer or shorter--the length does not matter for a selective remix. What is important is that it is different enough, but at the same time we can recognize that it is still a remix of an original composition.

3) Reflexive Remix: add and delete material as needed, but the main original tracks are largely left intact to be recognizable. This recording may appear similar to a selective remix, but when done with precision it attains autonomy and can stand as a work on its own. (Art functions lin large part under this last type of remix.)

For more details on these definitions, review chapter three in Remix Theory: The Aesthetics of Sampling:
(You need to be logged in with your psu student account to in order to access the above link.)
Or go to the online link which provides an abridged explanation:

If unsure on how to approach this project, set a time to meet and discuss your ideas.

Conceptual Parameters:

  • Consider the relevance of mechanical reproduction, issues of the original vs. the copy, in contemporary times (what has changed, not changed, etc.)
  • The shift to electronic media (how a new type of aura has defined digital technology), how this shift repositions premises of the original vs. the copy, what do such concepts mean at this point?
  • The organization of noise, how is this relevant to the shift from mechanical to electronic media? The role of repetition (the loop) in terms of recording as a means of organizing noise.

Technical Parameters:

  • You need to use compositions you developed in class up to this point.
  • Ambient sound--random noise is encouraged.
  • There should be a sense of experimentation with the sound, meaning that you should aim to push time and patterns in ways that defy conventional 4/4 or other easily recognizable music pattern used especially in popular music.
  • Consider using "noise" as an integral part of your three pieces in order to enhance the premises of each author.