Monday, September 27, 2010

Get into The Big Room @ The Big Idea

Inaugural Digital Artist in Residence, Luke Munn is creating The Big Room - a room that explores our everyday work spaces. He describes The Big Room as “a fluctuating sonic space - a combination of concrete floors, motorway ambience, conversation snippets and ambience which is constantly shifting, and only possible through the online medium."

Luke invites anyone to contribute their own acoustic to this unique soundscape, by submitting a short audio recording and image of their room.

There’s no need for elaborate equipment. No technical skills or editing are required. It's about listening to your space and attempting to capture that - whether that's very quiet (silent), loud, chaotic, or 'uneventful'.

To record your room, you can use a variety of free and low-cost equipment. Windows users can utilize Sound Recorder software that comes pre-installed, while those on the Mac can bring up Garageband to also easily record. If you want to crop your audio, change the volume, or make other basic edits, He recommends Audacity - an open source, cross platform audio editor (

If you have a microphone, plug that in and start recording, or use the built-in microphone on your laptop. He'd also encourage you to listen to your space while you're recording - moving your hearing outwards to capture filtered sounds, hums, clicks, and vague tones that form the subtle sonic backdrop to your space. Then simply export the audio as WAV, AIFF, or MP3 format, and send it through.

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