Discussion question 5

Episode 1

  1. What is Krukowski’s main point about how we experience time in the “real” world versus are experiences with “digital” time? Why are these differences significant?

Real world time is the time we live, our present is our time. Attach to the clock which indicated the time as our everyday current time. Digital time is variable and flexible. On a digital studio, time is used to re-do, re-shape sounds, rhythms, etc. “time is experience, not counted like a clock” meaning that what we hear influences on time even thought we still see twelve hours on the clock. Digital time is how a song, instrument or voices speeds up or slow down on performance or a recording.

  1. What does Krukowski mean when he says that listening has a lot to do with how we navigate space?

I think that what we listen influences the way we see our surrounding and/or people around us. For example, if we are in the subway with our headphones on listening to our favorite song, we may not notice all the dirt, mice and trash that could be around us. However, this is not 100% true. But if we go in the subway, without music and all we hear is the noise of the train approaching and people around you will look more closely at your surroundings, you will be more tend to notice what is going on around you.

Episode 2

  1. In the interview at the beginning of the episode, Jeremiah Moss argues that developers in Astor Place are “privatizing public space in a very stealth way.” What does he mean by this? What does Moss say about the distinction between public and private space, and why is it important?

“privatizing public space in a very stealth way.” To my understanding he means that public spaces are being legally stolen. Moss refers to the example of a public spaces which was privatize by installing tables and umbrellas for people to seat and prohibit activities such as skate boarding. It was converted in a private space, even thought everyone is still allowed to enter the plaza, there are security guards to make sure rules are being follow.

  1. What is the significance of Emily Thompson’s idea that the development of concert halls arose from desires to “control interior spaces”? How is this desire, according to Krukowski, related to earbuds and headphones?

Control interior spaces which controls what we hear. Interior spaces where you can only hear whatever is in there, no sound from outside. It can be compared to the use of earbuds and headphones because you totally disconnect from the outside world. You do not hear people around you yell at you maybe because you are walking too slow or because you are on their way. As the silent in Radio city without performance, earbuds can give you the silent you need. You do not hear noise around you but only what you want to hear.

  1. In your own opinion, what are the key ideas from this episode about the relationship between sound and space? What strikes you as interesting about the ways that sound influences our experience of space

I think that people always want their space, whether they are in a private or public space people are using headphones or earbuds most of the time. People like to disconnect from the exterior world and just be themselves for a moment. I found it interesting how sound can influence on us. Lets say if we go in the park just to relax and hear the sound of nature but there is a person with a speaker and a loud music then the experience you were looking for has been interrupted by that particular person.

1 thought on “Discussion question 5

  1. Scott Levine

    I think the answer to question 1, is actually the complete opposite. Real time and analog music are elastic. Krukowski is say that when he played music live sometimes the song would speed up, usually around the chorus, and other times the band would play slower. Because these changes happen so slow it is hard for us to perceive these small changes to the tempo but they exist. With digital music, a computer keeps time. The computer creates a speed and all of the recordings fall into that rhythm and creates a tempo that remains constant throughout the song.

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