For this Learning objective I reflect that the purpose of finding the right aesthetics of a product is to be able to develop the right relationships between the creator and the creative cycle. On reflection of my production process and development, i had to internally ask myself questions both consciously and subconsciously towards the awareness of aesthetic qualities that I wanted to achieve both physically and sonically.
John Howskins, (p38. 2013) describes that ” Questions of aesthetics are manifestly the touch stone of arts, culture and design. They will be present in the creator’s imagination and in the mind of everyone else who works in the sector, if less passionately. Galleries need to be as articulate (possibly more so) as their artists, fashion companies employ a hundred managers and media people to every designer, and digital managers need to understand what their programmers have done, if not how. The sensual elements of creativity are always present, even if the creative act itself has no obvious aesthetic and no obvious relationship with its final form.
On reflection, this project was in noway an easy feat nor a simple linear productive outcome. The physical and auditory nature of an sound installation meant that I had to discover and work in many different areas of aesthetics to qualify the final product as an aesthetically pleasing product.
The time staking and often exhausting work put into both physical and auditory elements really took a lot of work and discipline.
The references I used were Andean musical performance and instruments.
I attempted to record some musical compositions played myself , my son and a friend. I was limited by time constraints, however I still managed to create a basic composition and focused on comparing, contrasting and evaluating the aesthetic qualities of the studio recordings. We used the pan pipes, cajon, metal xylophone, Lager-phone, Eukelaeli and harmonica. As we are not advanced musicians and have had very little training in that field we still attempted to play and record a sample of the hand made instruments.
The learning outcome denotes that the student should identify the commercial viabilities of the product against what would be competing products. On reflection the sound installation along with the instruments from recycled materials, did have an aesthetically pleasing quality to them, the novelty and the creative innovation of the product allows for the audience to view the concept of sound and recycling as an interlinking phenomenon.
On further reflection, I can describe that the if my management of time and studio production scheduling had been more organised and concise, then a better and more competitive product could have been produced. The overall success of the product to me was well worth the effort and work put into the production from physical installation, creative aesthetic development, to the recording of the instruments was definitely a steep learning curb for me.