Capstone Proposal
Updated November 12th, 2016

Abstract:
This Capstone is intended to display the audio production techniques that I have learned throughout my three years in the New Media program.  All the pieces created in the exhibit will be created by myself, and also include pieces I have made in collaboration with others.  This compilation will be installed at the Emera Astronomy Center located at the University of Maine in Orono campus.

The Problem:
With emerging technologies such as Virtual Reality, a surround sound environment is the perfect aid to a fully immersive experience.  Outlets such as 5.1 surround sound audio in movies, surround sound for virtual reality, and complex sound designs as artistic elements will make this exhibit practical.

Solution:
By working closely with select faculty members of the New Media program at the University of Maine in Orono, I hope to achieve a 35-45 minute collection of surround sound pieces that I can exhibit at the Emera Astronomy Center in early May.  This exhibit will include collaborative pieces from the theatrical performance Constellations as well as numerous surround sound designs by myself, a third-year New Media student at the University of Maine in Orono. The pieces that will be on display will be a true representation of my production skills. The main intent of this exhibit will be to open up a new perspective on how captivating sound can be, even without supporting visuals.

Task List:
(Order is subject to change)
– Brainstorm and generate a detailed procedure
– Contact coordinator of Emera Astronomy Center
– Create a specific intent
– Contact collaborators
– Gather sounds via samples and instruments
– Process sounds into complex soundscapes
– Devise promotional process
– Critique sounds
– Revise sound designs
– Finalize promotional process
– Initiate promotion plan
– Test of exhibit

Needs:
– Collaborators: Constellations, Gene Felice, Duane Shimmel
– Audience: General audience
– Special hardware or software: Logic Pro X, Native Instruments Komplete Ultimate 11, Maschine Studio, IMRC Room 106
– Exhibition space: Emera Astronomy Center located at the University of Maine in Orono campus
– Web host and domain: nmdportfolios.org

Budget:
Capstone Budget

Timeline:

Constellations Agenda

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