The arts community is pumped to welcome Christopher Janney’s “Sonic Forest” back to the US this month!Coming off the road from major summer festivals including Electric Forest (Michigan) and Firefly (Deleware),this memorizing light and sound installation returns to Boston at City Hall Plaza August 15-17. “Sonic Forest” is the brainchild of acclaimed architect and composer, Christopher Janney and is comprised of striking pieces such as 16 eight-foot columns, each containing audio speakers, lights and photo-electric sensors that enable up to 4 people to interact with each column at once. With a total of 64 locations to play, the installation is truly considered to be a “communal instrument”. Festival-goers will be able to enjoy the multi-sensory interactive “Sonic Forest” as they are able to “play” the columns as they go by. Attendees will trigger the sensors by touch or movement producing an ever-changing score of melodic tones, environmental sounds, spoken or whispered texts, all of which will be accompanied by varying effects of light. Revelers will also be able to trigger pre-programmed sensory experiences from crickets crawling through the forest to a swarm of fireflies passing overhead.
Christopher Janney’s “Sonic Forest” has previously toured the Three Rivers Festival in Pittsburgh; Lincoln Center in New York; the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee; the London Summer Olympic Games; the World’s Fair in Zaragoza, Spain and many others. It is truly a wondrous and mystical experience. Don’t miss your opportunity to see it first-hand!
To view video content of the installation, click here!
10. Wise Words From Upperclassmen to Carry You Through
I know that I am basically all-knowing when it comes to advice about the second year, but even the best need a helping hand sometimes. To provide an even more encompassing and rich selection of informative tips for you all, I decided to assemble the troops. This week’s post will feature guest appearances from a couple of my pals that know exactly what it’s like having to survive sophomore year. I formulated a special questionnaire about sophomore and upperclassmen life which my amigos kindly provided excellent answers for below. Listen up, friends, for a trove of choice lessons are heading your way.
1. Is there one piece of advice you wish you would have received as an incoming sophomore?
- Upper level classes can be a real pain. - “I thought I had my class schedule under control and that I could totally take two writing intensive History courses in one semester. NOPE. My social life regressed considerably because of all the time I had to devote to keeping my academic head above water.” Make sure to keep a good balance between academics and social life by registering the difficulty of of your classes. You may get overwhelmed otherwise.
- “Get an internship or a job of some sort.” - As I touched on in my Internships post, it’s never a bad idea to start building your resume.
- “It’s vital to take time daily to take care of yourself.” - Some students easily get caught up in all the hullabaloo of everyday college duties and forget to take time for themselves. Be sure that “whatever your happy place/activity is, you practice it every single day. This not only gives you time to unwind and clear your head, but it’ll help you to refocus and do better on whatever lies ahead.”
- Know your limits and where there’s room to grow. - “Know your limits where stretching them would be unhealthy,” such as consistently writing essays the night before to stay on schedule. But, “know where you can grow as a person, by trying out new school groups, activities, etc.”
2. What is the biggest change you remember experiencing in the transition from a freshman to a sophomore?
- Housing – “The housing was a big change. After sharing a tiny room with another person in Mertz, I was thrilled to have a little more space in Bellarmine.
- Declaring majors – “When you declare your major, you get a road map of exactly what you have to take/fulfill to graduate. Then you really dive head first into the thick of your studies.” If you imagine a river with two banks, “you’ve left the shore and are in the middle of the river. You can see the end is in sight, but you have to decide if you want to keep swimming forward or maybe that bank wasn’t meant for you in the beginning.” It will be a big change as you get used to such a loaded decision being on your shoulders.
- Change in pressure – “Since the Freshman jitters were gone, I felt the pressure to fit into the college lifestyle dissipate. But I also felt the pressure to actually be an adult begin to grow. I thought I couldn’t goof around any more; now was the time to buy checkered ties and start thinking about my 401k. It took a while to realize that I am still just a kid…and that I could still have fun while growing more mature.”
3.What is the biggest misconception you had about your Sophomore year?
- Difficulty – “I’d already gone through my freshmen year, I knew how college worked, I knew what kind of a student I am…I should have it all figured out. But really and truly, no one has everything figured out even by their senior year.” As you may remember from my Difficulty post, “College still finds ways to surprise you and trip you up.” And this is not necessarily an unfortunate fact. It is simply a truth that, if willing, you can harvest important lessons from.
- Self-control and Pete’s Pizza go together, yea? – False. “The biggest misconception I had was probably that I could live across from Pete’s Pizza and not eat there three time a week. I was so wrong.”
4. Biggest difference between underclassmen life and upperclassmen life?
- “You get more into your major and closer to graduation. You get more coursework. But that’s almost the best part because you figure out what you like most in your field and really get an idea of what you can do with them later on. Also, because you’ve met more and more people over the years, you have a wider base of friends, especially in your major classes.”
- “The more opportunities that become available to you, the less time you have to devote to each of them. Start taking stock of what you consider important and factor that into your upperclassmen lifestyle.”
5. What are the pros and cons, in your opinion, of being a sophomore?
- “Pro: One year closer to graduating! Con: One year closer to graduating!”
- “Pro: You know for certain the IC will be jam-packed come Finals Week, so don’t even try. Con: You start to think finishing that required reading the night before a quiz won’t be that bad.”
Hope you learned a little something from my comrades and I’ll see you next week!
Getting over the golden year one post at a time!