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Sounds like an expansive space with things going on in the distance. Very digital. I like how subtle things are.Footsteps at 1:07.object enters at 301:17 the sounds like a nail gun are unexpected and harshharsh sound at 1:50.sudden stop at 1:58The end and the beginning feel disjointed from the middle
;04 like a heartbeat monitor that fade into an earthquake, maybe a seismograph then. The second object enters at;55. 1;06 sounds like a person being cut by a saw. That, followed by the repetitive beat sounded very frightening, like a gun being fired. Is this at the site of a mass murder? Around 1;51 there is a sound that doesn't quite fit. The ending fit well and faded out nicely, except for the last sound.
This piece possesses a subtlety that is by far its strongest aspect. The introduction uses familiar noises (keys jingling, electronic beeping, and later water dropping) which suggests a very familiarized space. The digital sounds leading up to the large sounds at 1:16 (which remind me of several typewriters operating at once) suggests a literal work place. The unsettling nature is representative of capitalism's alienating nature and (at least to me) is the only piece with a directly content based statement implied via a narrative-esque progression. Everything after 2:00 is superfluous and could probably be cut out.
bleak surroundings, object encounter at :58. at 1:25 the gunfire sounding thing blending into the futuristic sounding noises into silence is a nice combination, however the ending transition is out of place. The space is maybe some sort of a event occuring in which a storm comes through and leaves the subject in an enclosed area.
After the initial rush at the beginning, I start creeping through this space. It is slow and deliberate, almost peaceful. The object entered at 1:17 just totally changes the vibe. What was very ethereal suddenly becomes oppressively repetitive. This part of the piece picks the pace of movement up to a run. I was oddly reminded of a washing machine cycle, both in sound and rhythm. I specifically like the panning at about 2:15, and I wish the piece had ended like this, though with the last few seconds in tact. I liked the suddenness of the ending, like being sucked out of the space.
I feel like the majority of the time we are in a domestic space. Keys in the beginning were slightly distracting. There seems to be 57 at 1.16, there seems to be an object encounter which sounds like constructions.
At the beginning, it seems like a dark field covered by shadow. After waiting for a while and observing the outside, something dramatic happens so a quick movement begins with the continuous shooting of the guns. The unsettling background gives me a feeling of marching alone and going to face something unknown. The transition for the combination of different sounds at around 80s was used quite properly I think.
This piece had a hot feel, and began in a small suffocating space. there's a humming like a swarm of bugs just outside this small space. The movement begins slowly and starts at a crawl, but soon turns into swimming as some of the sounds smooth out near the end. In the middle, the loud, machine gun like sound interrupts and speeds up movement in the track. It seems like you're trying to escape from this sound, or the source of it.
At first the space seems to be outdoors, however as the piece progress it seems to movie inside a large factory/open space with lots of metal. The object encounter seems to come at either 1 00 or 1 20 and seems to be large, mechanical and metal, reminding me a giant washing machine at times. I thought the crinkling noise at 1 min in was a good addition to the piece however the sudden end of the echo in the beginning of the piece made me lose a sense of space.
Spacial exploration starts at :28;00 - an expansive field with crunchy (grass?) material underfoot. It is a comfortable space that I am slowly walking through as insect like things appear. Encounters at 01:08;00 and 01:19;00- small crackles and machine like repetition conjure the image of a large red(hot?) machine.Irregularities at 05;00 too much with the keys, which fail to translate away from the literal.Engaging at 01:50;00 with quick (fast) layers of sound
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