Monthly Archives: February 2012

Speculation Diagram

Rhythmanalysis – images

I recently made a post about a rhythmanalysis of both the University Station subway stop as well as Knox Hall on North Campus at UB here:

Here are 2 images I made trying to visually depict the rhythms experienced at the two sites:

University Station

Knox Hall

Prototype: 2-14-2012

This chair consists of a surface transducer (sparkfun), an audio amplifer (radioshack), arduino mega, and the music shield (seeeduino). I have crowd-sourced ‘everyday’ sounds by allowing people to upload sounds to my website. The music shield has a microSD card installed with these sounds loaded on the card. Upon sitting on the chair a pressure sensor is enacted which triggers audio to begin playing out of the surface speaker. This is all for now but eventually there will be an algorithm which decides when to play sounds, which sounds to play, and the amount of sounds played simultaneously. Upon interaction, audio recording will be initiated as well which will begin to record the sounds of the ‘everyday’ environment of the chair. Check back for more in a few days.

Check out sound clips from the crowd-sourced audio here:

Mixing Everyday Sounds

Here is my attempt at making compositional sense out of selected sounds I received through my crowd-sourcing website (found here). All the sounds used in this composition were recorded by Mallory Bohan on February 7th 2012 in Long Island, NY.



Here are 2 attempts of a rhythmanalysis done by recording the sounds of a space as well as recording my perception of the rhythms in the space.

1) Knox Hall – UB North campus – 2nd floor sitting in between room 104 and 20.

2) University Station – UB South campus – Subway stop

KNOX – 100% speed

KNOX – 600% speed



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Lefebvre’s Rhythmanalysis

A quote from Lefebvre’s Rhythmanalysis, section: “The Rhythmanalytical Project”

pages 76 – 77

“If the cyclical and the linear are categories of time and rhythm with general characteristics (including the measure of the one by the other, which makes each one a measured-measure), are there no other categories?”

“The time that we shall provisionally name ‘appropriated’ has its own characteristics. Whether normal or exceptional, it is a time that forgets time, during which time no longer counts (and is no longer counted). It arrives or emerges when an activity brings plenitude, whether this activity be banal (an occupation, a piece of work ), subtle (meditation, contemplation), spontaneous (a child’s game, or even one for adults) or sophisticated. This activity is in harmony with itself and with the world. It has several traits of self-creation or of a gift rather than of an obligation or an imposition comes from without. It is in time: it is a time, but does not reflect on it.”


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