100 thoughts on “Find Your Band | The Art Assignment | Bang on A Can

  • September 11, 2014 at 9:15 pm
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    Awesome. Too bad there's no way to like a video more than once on YouTube…

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  • September 11, 2014 at 9:15 pm
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    Don't neglect the elephant.  My new motto.
    This video.  What I will show people when they ask why I'm singing to the switch box.

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  • September 11, 2014 at 9:20 pm
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    Can I just say I love these guys! They are so out there in the best way possible. They are so real and so legitimate, I love it.

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  • September 11, 2014 at 9:22 pm
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    I thought this one was weird until Mark started singing along with the switchbox. I always sing with the vacuum, so it made total sense to me suddenly.

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  • September 11, 2014 at 9:25 pm
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    Pretty sure the Sonic Dandelions is the best band name ever.

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  • September 11, 2014 at 9:28 pm
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    I love this!  Thank you for including musicians in The Art Assignment!  As a musician who is familiar with "unpopular music" and has studied it, it was so exciting to see Mark Stewart and Julia Wolfe bring awareness to music that exists and is just as important as what's playing on the radio.

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  • September 11, 2014 at 9:41 pm
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    Yes, yes, yes, music assignment! I am so excited for this! And for them spreading the idea that anyone can make music.
    Also, thank you Sarah for the advice on going to the Art Institute of Chicago. I had a wonderful time! I especially loved the miniature rooms. So much incredible detail. In one of the rooms, there was a tiny desk with a miniscule key that actually turned and locked. Also, if other people are looking to go to the museum, I found the institute's app to be very helpful.

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  • September 11, 2014 at 9:55 pm
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    When he pointed at the dryer and yelled "SOLO!" I completely lost it XDD.  This was incredibly inspiring.

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  • September 11, 2014 at 10:30 pm
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    I have marching band rehearsal tonight, does that count?

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  • September 11, 2014 at 11:08 pm
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    Wow! Pretty high profile choice! And a very excellent one at that!

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  • September 12, 2014 at 12:06 am
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    They're CRAZY! But they seem like such nice people! I was smiling so broadly through the whole thing, a little from uncertainty and a little from wonder… XD

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  • September 12, 2014 at 12:21 am
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    Absolute best of the entire series!

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  • September 12, 2014 at 1:23 am
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    the after affects of drugs kids, don't do drugs! or maybe you need to be drunk or high to watch this.

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  • September 12, 2014 at 1:25 am
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    "It's clean." I love these two!

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  • September 12, 2014 at 1:50 am
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    I love these people.

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  • September 12, 2014 at 1:55 am
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    oh man i do this all the time! I start singing to the rhythm of the sound of my car's turn signal. Or I listen to the noises in the bathroom and make a montage in my head. Sometimes I hit different parts of my water bottle to get a different sound. Sometimes I hum onto different parts of a table to hear what it sounds like on different sides of it. Definitely have to try this one out!!!

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  • September 12, 2014 at 2:10 am
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    This is without a doubt my favorite Art Assignment so far. Oh my gosh. Dibs on the band name Sonic Dandelions, that's freaking brilliant. XD

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  • September 12, 2014 at 2:12 am
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    If anyone's curious, the background music at the beginning is "Sweet Air" by David Lang.

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  • September 12, 2014 at 2:26 am
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    I love these people

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  • September 12, 2014 at 2:31 am
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    I'm SO excited for this project ^-^

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  • September 12, 2014 at 2:33 am
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    Best part of the episode: "And don't neglect the elephant." 

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  • September 12, 2014 at 3:02 am
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    jajajjaa i love this one!

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  • September 12, 2014 at 3:32 am
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    That was so fun to watch! It's really inspiring to see people get to do what they love, so unapologetically and passionately, and to have such a great time doing it!

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  • September 12, 2014 at 3:43 am
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    This is fantastic! I think I might get a group of guys in my dorm to harmonize in the laundry room with the machines. I would love to see more videos with those two haha.

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  • September 12, 2014 at 4:05 am
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    Damn, you where in MA. I live about an hour and a half from North Adams.

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  • September 12, 2014 at 4:08 am
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    These people are freaking hilarious. They look like a lot of fun to hang out with.

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  • September 12, 2014 at 4:19 am
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    I think I've just discovered my new favorite people. Lol. So awesome and a great art assignment!

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  • September 12, 2014 at 5:45 am
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    This has got to be the most inspiring and interesting art assignments yet. Not just a push to experiment with music and art, but also a push to embrace yourself fully.

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  • September 12, 2014 at 7:28 am
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    These two musicians seem like they are such wonderful people n_n I'll try to listen today.

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  • September 12, 2014 at 7:48 am
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    These people are AWESOME!

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  • September 12, 2014 at 9:40 am
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    a wonderful video – and so much I learned. I'm so happy that this show allows me a little inside to how the world is seen (and heard) by other people.
    And I loved the music session with the dryer and the washing machine – it actually felt like being a part of something very … intimate. And even though I haven't done any assignement yet I love the show and will participate at some point. Thanks to everyone who joins in and helps me to see glipses of their world.

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  • September 12, 2014 at 9:42 am
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    Such cool people and an awesome assignment! Looking forward to doing it. I hope I'll have time

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  • September 12, 2014 at 9:56 am
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    These people can make anything sound professional!

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  • September 12, 2014 at 10:49 am
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    this is probably my favorite art assignment so far! i think i'll use my cello or my guitar to produce weird sounds combined with the sounds my appartment makes (there are a few – dishwasher, fan, my cat, my doors and windiws, cars outside etc). also, i LOVED the "solo" at 10:32 😀 

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  • September 12, 2014 at 12:07 pm
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    I did a similar project earlier this year based on the percussive sounds I was hearing in the studio. It certainly qualifies as "experimental" Sounds of the Studio 2

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  • September 12, 2014 at 12:08 pm
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    Favorite people in my favorite space. I can't get enough Julia Wolfe and Mark Stewart: beautiful beautiful beautiful people. 

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  • September 12, 2014 at 12:14 pm
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    oh my goodness theyre completely insane…in a kinda nice way though, i think?

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  • September 12, 2014 at 12:27 pm
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    Sounds like something Hank would do!

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  • September 12, 2014 at 12:58 pm
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    Such fun people. 🙂

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  • September 12, 2014 at 12:59 pm
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    I bet they through the BEST dinner parties.

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  • September 12, 2014 at 1:16 pm
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    I really want to do this one and I even have a few ideas on sounds and places, but I don´t know if I´ll be able to acctually do it cause huge parts of my days I don´t have time to stop and use the sounds I find…. I also have nothing but my phone to record on and I´m not sure that would work out :/

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  • September 12, 2014 at 1:42 pm
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    I'm not entirely sure what I just watched but I know I liked it! 

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  • September 12, 2014 at 1:42 pm
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    This is absolutely fantastic! I can only imagine how much more of that interview you might have that didn't get to be shown. This is just… amazing! 

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  • September 12, 2014 at 2:14 pm
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    So when is this thing due?

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  • September 12, 2014 at 3:26 pm
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    I always used to dance to the sound of our old printer. Similar to that washing machine, it did have a good rhythm 😉 

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  • September 12, 2014 at 3:51 pm
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    This is magical when you're high 😀

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  • September 12, 2014 at 5:13 pm
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    My brother and I are now pounding on every pan and flicking every light switch while singing..thank you Mark and Julia. It reminds me of the trashing the camp in Tarzan.

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  • September 12, 2014 at 5:39 pm
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    The laundry room song may be the most beautiful thing ive seen

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  • September 12, 2014 at 5:39 pm
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    The laundry room song may be the most beautiful thing ive seen

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  • September 12, 2014 at 6:17 pm
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    Thank you so much for addressing contemporary music! I'm a composer and have been kind of raised among electroacoustic/acousmatic composers who build their pieces on recorded sounds that are processed and played around with. It may take me a while, but I could attempt my first acousmatic composition for this asignment…

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  • September 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm
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    My friends and I used to do this at camp.  We'd just sit around the tent making random noises and rhythms for a while.  So much fun.  

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  • September 12, 2014 at 7:36 pm
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    this people are hilarious! I love their art

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  • September 12, 2014 at 8:31 pm
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    I can't even about how amazing this episode is. It's just… awesome. =D

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  • September 12, 2014 at 8:46 pm
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    This is like ASMR but made into a song

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  • September 12, 2014 at 10:45 pm
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    The only way I can deal with noises like the humming of a switch box is by treating it like a drone and humming/singing along with it, otherwise the noise drives me crazy. I can't stand constant noises like that.

    This reminds me of when Imogen Heap sang along to the humming in her boiler room.
    ( https://audioboo.fm/boos/1919144-hanging-washing-humming-along-to-the-boiler )

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  • September 12, 2014 at 11:34 pm
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    It is a good thing that they did demonstrations — I would be clueless otherwise.

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  • September 12, 2014 at 11:46 pm
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    ah this reminds me of a soundscape installation i made in school. i recorded sounds from places around me, put together the soundscapes and then put them in places where those sounds shouldn't necessarily be heard. (sounds of birds in the woods in a bathroom, overcrowded high school hallway in an elevator) was fun and i miss my sound recorder.
    i love what can happen when a sense is ignored or focused on, such as this case, focusing on sounds only.

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  • September 12, 2014 at 11:49 pm
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    as a side note, has anyone ever seen stomp out loud? 

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  • September 12, 2014 at 11:57 pm
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    Just for the record, The Sonic Dandy Lions is a brilliant band name.

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  • September 13, 2014 at 12:17 am
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    Those guys are awesome, they aren't afraid to randomly start singing and that's what I do all the time.

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  • September 13, 2014 at 2:48 am
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    This was by far the best Art Assignment yet, in my opinion. I'm sure this is because I love music like some people love their Gods. This, to put it plainly, blew my mind. Incredibly inspiring!

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  • September 13, 2014 at 3:51 am
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    What extraordinary people! That's so cool what they do.

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  • September 13, 2014 at 5:48 am
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    THESE PEOPLE ARE MY TRIBE! The other day I realized my A/C window unit was playing a pretty solid Bb.I started harmonizing with it and clapping. I can't believe there are other people that do this kind of thing…PROFESSIONALLY! 😀 

    My favorite part was when he gave the dryer the solo. That was hilarious. 

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  • September 13, 2014 at 12:38 pm
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    Mark Stewart reminds me of the Bear from the Big Blue House

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  • September 13, 2014 at 4:46 pm
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    I love the nail file sound, it reminds me of those sproingy stopper things that go on doors…those are fun, my cats love those too.

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  • September 13, 2014 at 5:07 pm
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    I actually made this ages ago but Ive decided to submit it to this episode of The Art Assignment. These are my kind of people! http://youtu.be/8pMcgWQT_Gw

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  • September 13, 2014 at 11:16 pm
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    Would it still be considered the assignment if I were to basically make a "cover" of  a song using only the objects that I am surrounded by? 

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  • September 14, 2014 at 1:54 am
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    The washer and dryer bit was so cool.

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  • September 14, 2014 at 3:58 am
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    Wonderful!  I really love this one.  We live in a very loud and echoey neighborhood and this is a great perspective changer for me to stop rueing every sound I hear from outside. I like how this and the Quietest Place both emphasize opening our awareness by listening to all the things that normally get drowned out or filtered out or written off. How inspiring. 

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  • September 14, 2014 at 4:03 am
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    I did it!! =)
    http://youtu.be/PrV7YSLP1bI
    And sound was created.

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  • September 14, 2014 at 2:53 pm
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    This video is awesome and inspiring and I'm going to do this all the time now.

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  • September 14, 2014 at 7:23 pm
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    Okay, that was incredibly cool. 

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  • September 15, 2014 at 1:35 am
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    i think my favorite was the nail file and the rain (:

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  • September 15, 2014 at 10:15 pm
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    Banging on a trash can! Drumming on a streetlight…..
    Sing it with me…

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  • September 16, 2014 at 1:47 am
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    Sonic Dandelion is an excellent band name.

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  • September 16, 2014 at 1:57 am
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    Hey guys, I was just wondering: do you have to put the hash tag in the description of the video of as the title of the video or what..? Sorry, I'm just not really used to doing this. ( I mean the #theartassingment thing.)

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  • September 16, 2014 at 10:58 pm
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    Holy sideburns, Batman!

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  • September 17, 2014 at 3:07 am
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    I can't wait to see the responses to this on theartassignmentresponses tumblr.

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  • September 19, 2014 at 5:25 pm
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    my favorite moment comes at about 9:00 in, when Julia Wolfe sings a duet with a washing machine.  Mark Stewart and the rain is beautiful too.  A lot of fun!

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  • September 20, 2014 at 6:37 pm
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    i'm still waiting for a dancer

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  • September 21, 2014 at 7:35 pm
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    Solo!

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  • September 25, 2014 at 4:37 pm
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    They are crazy in the BEST WAY. I LOVE IT

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  • September 26, 2014 at 6:07 am
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    I need to sample the printer on the register at work, it almost sounds like a Detroit techno groove.

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  • September 27, 2014 at 12:42 am
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    These people are seriously my new idols!

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  • September 27, 2014 at 7:11 pm
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    new catchphrase "dont neglect the elephant"

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  • October 3, 2014 at 4:46 am
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    on the topic of music as art how to people feel about Susan Philipsz winning the Turner Prize (an award for visual art) for her sound art/installation in 2010.

    I was doing a project on issues in art for my art class and I decided to do this. It's really interesting and worth a look (just a quick google search away). I think most people were in support over her win, but there were a lot of people claiming that music is art, or that it isn't visual art. Some people argued it shouldn't have won because it was moved from it's original site (under some bridges over the River Clyde in Glasgow) into a gallery space and apparently that 'ruined the work'.
    But yeah, just wondering what people think about it.

    this video explains it a bit: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xg3jhf_sound-artist-wins-britain-s-turner-prize_news

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  • October 4, 2014 at 10:39 am
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    Nice opening with Mark Stewart and Julia Wolfe 🙂

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  • October 10, 2014 at 11:00 am
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    New band name: Sonic Dandelions.

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  • October 30, 2014 at 6:54 am
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    I absolutely loved these folks. But I'm sure this project is not going to be as effortless as it looks! 

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  • November 1, 2014 at 8:25 pm
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    Hey! The Collective from the Philbrook Museum participated in The Art Assignment the other week. We had so much fun! Here is the link to our Find Your Band assignment…
    The Art Assignment: Find Your Band – Bang On A Can 

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  • November 2, 2014 at 4:19 pm
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    I love these people!

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  • November 15, 2014 at 1:22 am
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    "And don't neglect the elephant."  Can we get that on a shirt, please?

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  • January 1, 2015 at 12:20 am
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    That is just too much awesomeness! Lots of love all the way from Brazil 🙂

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  • January 14, 2015 at 12:22 pm
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    I tend to harmonise with unpleasant sounds to make myself less uncomfortable, like when a microphone feedback is too loud, I try to make it sound like someone hitting a high note and I'm just supporting it. it makes life a lot easier. it's very therapeutic.

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  • June 16, 2015 at 5:45 pm
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    One of my teacher in the obligatory school had what he called a "garden of sounds". It was basically in his big farm and he had made really really big sculptures and installations to allow the kids (us) to play with anything that could make a noise or a sound. In those days (i was maybe 10) I looked at him with great incomprehension  but now I am grateful for his idea. Thanks TAA!

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  • August 9, 2015 at 8:11 am
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    These people have such an awesome energy! I've never (on purpose) made music before, but now I really want to!

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  • September 26, 2015 at 4:39 pm
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    I miss Pete so much. It's so comforting to see his influence around the place.

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  • July 13, 2017 at 1:05 am
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    'it's a hootnanny waiting to happen' has been my motto for 2 years now

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  • October 4, 2018 at 12:32 am
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    I get serious frank zappa vibes from them

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