New things in the works. This semester I teach 3 classes – Practicum (4th year final project), Communication Theory (more like Media Theory), and Intermediate Audio Production. This evening I went over the syllabus with one of my adjuncts and it looks like we are ready to roll with Audio Production tomorrow AM. Looks like a great class.
Communication Theory is Wednesday, and I am putting the finishing touches on the first powerpoint and the the syllabus tomorrow. This will also be a great class – I change it up every year, and so far, it is improving as a class, year over year.
This weekend I cut two of the chapters of my dissertation out and put them into folders for dissection and conversion into articles.
I also downloaded StutterEdit and Iris for audio production on my next record. I’ve recorded a pile of “tracks” that need processing into coherent works – it’s that “collection process” that is so tricky, as it is as much an editing process as it is a compositional one – sometimes the creativity consists of removal, the willful imposition of absence that creates a new presence. The title is something borrowed, and everything on it, is.
Since we’re requiring our students in Audio to keep a weekly journal, I’m going to do the same for the next few months and see how that goes. I have a friend who put up multiple entries per day. That’s a level of disclosure I wouldn’t know how to do. But it is amazing – much like twitter – tweets of minutae or links to ideas – I just don’t operate like that. I also have a friend who keeps a daily online journal. He photographs almost everything, and given that he lives in a very beautiful place, it is a lovely and restful thing to engage his diary. Sadly, my days are so unpredictable, sometimes it’s hard enough for me to remember to bathe and tie my shoes much less do a daily journal. I am so glad I have a calendar in my iPhone…
So, I am thinking a weekly missive can be done. If my students can do it, I can too. This semester.