Busking For Anxieties (v4) - Then Singing Them

Th previous iterations of 'Busking For Anxiety' have been interesting but i had not felt a direct enough connection with the people engaging. I wanted them to recieve a direct reaction in music from what they write, brining their anxiety to life through song (for better or worse). For this reason i decided to sing the anxieties collected. I origionally planned to have a song structure that people could 'fil in the blanks' to give them their anxiety song. However this proved too difficult as anxiety is such a unique thing to everyone it didn't working trying to fit them into a standardised structure. So I went with the two questions from 'Busking For Anxieties v2'. 'What makes you anxious'  and 'What makes you feel better?', simple quick and not too in depth. 

I created about 15 songs within 2 hours (lots quite similar sounding but i'm not a wizard). I plan to send the songs to the people as they provided their email addresses on the back. I would also like to record some of the best ones and release a small LP style thing. 

Check out the video below to see what went down.

Automated Mood Data To Music

With the musical code all sorted out I asked Pete (Coding Tutor) to create a bit of code to automatically convert the completed mood data surveys into the Chords, Speed and Volume variables to speed up the music making process!

The data from my google forms survey can be automatically transformed into the chords using the code Pete created for me.

The data from my google forms survey can be automatically transformed into the chords using the code Pete created for me.

 

 

Current Progress

I have not posted for a while as I have been working on formatting my mood music. Looking for ways of making it clearer to the viewer what is going on and also making it easier for me to read live. I have also been transcribing the music into proper musical notation using Sibalius, so that potentially, other musicians can play the music. The musical notation Code is below followed by some notated music. 

A simple code for the creation of the mood music

This is my firend Georgias day noted using the code above

Busking For Anxieties v2

Busking for anxieties is an attempt to get the issues of anxiety to be discussed in a space where they wouldn't usually be. Such as on the south bank. People were asked for fill out cards with the question 'What makes you feel anxious' and 'What makes you feel better', these cards were then stuck on the 'Anxiety Wall' that is cardboard along the sea wall. This was filled with anxieties and it became a space for the light hearted discussion and digestion of peoples anxieties. 

There was a great response from many people. Some people took it as an opportunity to instantly open up and start talking to my helpers Jean Luc and Will about their anxiety issues. It also became a fun place for people to listen to music and look at others anxieties and what makes them feel better and compare with their own experiences hopefully encouraging feelings of empathy and solidarity within their world of anxiety. 

If you would like to potentially be involved with the future of this project please email me at: james-barclay@hotmail.co.uk

Mood Data Vis

I recorded my mood every hour for two weeks, this is a data vis of one day the 20th of December. 

Field Research Workshop : Old Naval College Greenwich.

Last week I worked in a group of 3 attempting to undertake research in the old naval college Greenwhich. We started by going and carrying out seperate research. Mine was aimed at finding out how people record their time at the place. Mainly looking at tourists recording their time there and how their representation of their day and them selves may differ from the reality of their experiences. 

Tuur fed back saying that the research methods we were using were not interesting and insightful he wanted us to immerse ourselves in more interesting and original ways. So we decided to try and engage with the public by getting them to become actors in a false fictional narrative we had created around the space. We then wanted this to be shared on social media and for the people involved to be tagged specifically on instagram. 

The scenes we created where in a classic story line you can acess them on the instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/whichgreenscreenfilms/

Scene 1 : Danger Arriving

Scene 2 : Baddie Chase

Scene 3 : Goodies Shoot Back

We asked the actors we used for their instagrams and if they gave it we tagged them. The interesting aspect for me was how people would become exited by the fact it would be on Instagram and some were all exited to provide their details. 

Another area of interest was the way that this process could have provided an escape for the precarity of life in society. The scenes are a set area for people to let go and forget about their real life and be someone new. Also they may have thought about the space in a different way...

The green screen objects and suit become ambiguous tools for engagement with the public. I feel their are ways i can use the green screen suit in more direct ways in my project. It can jyst become a tool of engagement. It would also be cool to do some live green screening of peoples anxieties onto the screen then interact with me... might take a bit of technology i cant do though but i wont let that put me off.  

 

Act 1 Presentation and feedback

FEEDBACK FROM ACT 1 PRESENTATION

Go down the gigs and busking route and see where that takes you..

Place research is basically Psycho Geography, you don't learn a lot about mental health or anxiety..

Posters are good, use them to possibly get engagement or visualise outcomes of busking interactions.

 Use music as an act of design…

what is the process of songwriting that you can do to link to peoples anxieties!

How do people want people.. Objects to direct peoples ideas… the way people interact with things affects how i sing and play music

Script to turn into song people can point out different emphasis points

Sing covers of peoples favourite song and add their own lyrics

Slide 1    One of the things i was looking at was ‘what and where are the positive aspects of mental illness did an Interview with mark, as i want to have a series of testimonies to guide my designing..in detail testimony about his struggles with anxiety and depression, very honest!  Positive things in mental health , connections made, learned more about himself, how to dig deep, empathy for other people in the same predicament.  spiritual! didn't get to discuss anxiety visualisation but will in future. a great subject to keep involved with my project because of his experience and willingness to talk openly. CRIT : in future will give him something to interact with to bring him into the project more directly.       Slide 2   looking at ways of visualising mental health issues (now specifically anxiety) and making them tangible and addressable separate from ones self. starting at a personal scale leading to society scale. inspiration from the Anxiety Box Paul Ford. Compassion through virtual reality. avatars of the voices people hear in their head. First attempt was to graphically visualise my anxieties and have them staring back at me throughout the day. was slightly effective as it made them look ridiculous and not real. good for people to look at their issues from afar. Putting them in the context and seeing the bigger picture…  CRIT: posters were too external want to try attaching things to me to represent my anxiety. Wear them on my sleeve       Slide 3    Cultural Probe With Anna   Take photos in good and bad places with figure record sound and write down feelings. Aiming to experiment with emotion visualisation. I created a cultural probe in an attempt to externalise some emotions in a soft way, Called it ‘Place Research’ To make it less explicate that i was looking at emotion and mental health..Anna liked that it made her actually think about how she feels more, felt connected to ‘figure’ They make the process of reflection more enjoyable and novelty..      Slide 4   Cultural probe v2   I put the probe into a box, mood cards to fill for each place, also coloured circles to photograph figure with. Haven’t has a chance to chat to Fanny yet. Colours add another visual element and really force you to think about how you feel. mood scale to give quantifiable data to possibly work with..Gives little snapshots of your mood and feeling at one time, can look back and really remember how i felt.  Plan to collate all the photos and data and try and visually map it in some way..   CRIT: Obvious discussion point is that you can feel different in places at different times.. Plan to focus more on  anxiety situations  than places..I think it could be difficult but interesting to try and capture situations in this way. wanna get out into the real world with it.   Slide 5   Making anxiety into a tangible entity that can be addressed and considered by the person who is experiencing it and other people in society. Looking at anxieties that are shared by a larger group, finding testimonies and stories that cross over using them to drive design.Looking to move the project into a bigger scale looking at the  institute for precarious consciousness  . Society is to blame for our anxieties. i want to look at expressing the public secret of anxiety. EXPOSE THE PUBLIC SECRET IN PUBLIC  I plan to do a public intervention to collect anxieties… a white board infront of my busking pitch for people to write down their anxieties.. Then i can write a song using the words that have been written! Also maybe using Sofar Session to get people to share their anxieties 

Slide 1

One of the things i was looking at was ‘what and where are the positive aspects of mental illness did an Interview with mark, as i want to have a series of testimonies to guide my designing..in detail testimony about his struggles with anxiety and depression, very honest! Positive things in mental health, connections made, learned more about himself, how to dig deep, empathy for other people in the same predicament.  spiritual! didn't get to discuss anxiety visualisation but will in future. a great subject to keep involved with my project because of his experience and willingness to talk openly. CRIT : in future will give him something to interact with to bring him into the project more directly. 

 

Slide 2

looking at ways of visualising mental health issues (now specifically anxiety) and making them tangible and addressable separate from ones self. starting at a personal scale leading to society scale. inspiration from the Anxiety Box Paul Ford. Compassion through virtual reality. avatars of the voices people hear in their head. First attempt was to graphically visualise my anxieties and have them staring back at me throughout the day. was slightly effective as it made them look ridiculous and not real. good for people to look at their issues from afar. Putting them in the context and seeing the bigger picture… CRIT: posters were too external want to try attaching things to me to represent my anxiety. Wear them on my sleeve

 

Slide 3

Cultural Probe With Anna

Take photos in good and bad places with figure record sound and write down feelings. Aiming to experiment with emotion visualisation. I created a cultural probe in an attempt to externalise some emotions in a soft way, Called it ‘Place Research’ To make it less explicate that i was looking at emotion and mental health..Anna liked that it made her actually think about how she feels more, felt connected to ‘figure’ They make the process of reflection more enjoyable and novelty..

 

Slide 4

Cultural probe v2

I put the probe into a box, mood cards to fill for each place, also coloured circles to photograph figure with. Haven’t has a chance to chat to Fanny yet. Colours add another visual element and really force you to think about how you feel. mood scale to give quantifiable data to possibly work with..Gives little snapshots of your mood and feeling at one time, can look back and really remember how i felt. Plan to collate all the photos and data and try and visually map it in some way..

CRIT: Obvious discussion point is that you can feel different in places at different times.. Plan to focus more on anxiety situations than places..I think it could be difficult but interesting to try and capture situations in this way. wanna get out into the real world with it.

Slide 5

Making anxiety into a tangible entity that can be addressed and considered by the person who is experiencing it and other people in society. Looking at anxieties that are shared by a larger group, finding testimonies and stories that cross over using them to drive design.Looking to move the project into a bigger scale looking at the institute for precarious consciousness . Society is to blame for our anxieties. i want to look at expressing the public secret of anxiety. EXPOSE THE PUBLIC SECRET IN PUBLIC

I plan to do a public intervention to collect anxieties… a white board infront of my busking pitch for people to write down their anxieties.. Then i can write a song using the words that have been written! Also maybe using Sofar Session to get people to share their anxieties 

Cultural Probe V2

I revised the cultural probe to make it more detailed and hopefully more engaging for the user. I created a box for the probe to live in. I provided coloured circles to photograph the man on to make you think about the colour of your feelings.