Ontograph – ‘The Album’.

Some useful trains of thought:

What it is like for an album to be an album?

Although it is impossible for me to know this, as i am ‘restricted to the resources of my own mind’ – it was a useful prompt for gathering the ideas present below.

Harman: things enter into negotiations with other things as much as we do with them.

Perception: How does the cd player, the record machine, the tape deck, the computer, the headphones, the pa system, the expensive studio monitors, the mobile phone, the car stereo, the fan, the musician, the sound engineer, the walls, the room  etc. perceive the album?

Ontography involves the revelation of object relationships without necessarily offering clarification or description of any kind.

Guide of thought: Studio, Vinyl, Tape, Cd, Computer, Store, Sound, Place..


Studio, production, songs, recording, composition, microphones, instruments, sound, melody, harmony, rhythm, groove, timing, layers, textures, musicians, tracks, performance, panning, soundspace, effects, reverb, delay, echo, compression, mastering, signal processing, ears, speakers, frequencies, equalisation, headphones, sound proofing, mixing desk, protools, cubase, analogue vs. digital, volume, levels, vibrations, soundwaves, peaks, troughs, fidelity, record, record store, record collection, vinyl, wax, pressing plant, machinery, printing, artist, colour, artwork, album cover, packaging, track listing, needle, stylus, record player, speed, 33”, 45”, long play, LP, 2LP, concept album, debut album, greatest hits album, comeback album, live album, retrospective album, grooves, crackle, rotation, warmth, tape, plastic, tapedeck, multi-format media player, tape saturation, a side, b side, start of tape sound, end of tape sound, automatic side shift mechanism, car stereo, cd player, cd, booklet, cd cover, plastic, 700mb, 4.7 inches, 80 minutes, isrc code, metadata, barcode, spine, digipak, double album, deluxe edition, special edition, enhanced cd, discography, collection, track display, wav files, sample rate, analogue to digital conversion, computer technology, iPod, iTunes, ripping, encoding, 3.5mm, windows media player, downloading, grooveshark, torrent, torrentfinder, blogspot, pirate bay, kazzaa, spotify, mp3, FLAC, AAC, mp4, files, bandcamp, cdbaby, amazon, last.fm, allmusicguide, reviews, ratings, charts, billboard, grammy, awards, platinum, gold, multi-platinum, classic, new release, promotional release, bonus tracks, single-song album, remix, reissue, remaster.

About simonwoodhonours

Simon Wood (Honours in Media and Communication) is an RMIT student whose specialist discipline is in the 'contemporary music industry'. For his honours study in 2013, Simon will be researching the ‘concept album’, and its significance within the contemporary music industry.
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