Collaborative video + sound

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On booking a day in the sound suite I finally got to look at the car video project that I started. I wanted to remove all natural sounds and replace them with a digitally created audio track.

I started looking through the sound fx libraries in Logic Pro and found none that I wanted to use, they were too real, or too odd. So I looked at the environmental sound outputs through the keyboard sampler and found what I was looking for. Finding the keys and playing in time gave me a few challenges and I soon realised I would need to save each track separately to have full control over in and out points, to match with cuts on screen.

I wanted to turn ambient noises into tension and atmosphere, through timing both in audio and visual.

By layering up the base mood with one deep resonant tone, and then adding in higher mid range tones of the same sample at ‘changeover’ points in the scene, it ties the video together more and gives a complete feel to the soundtrack. Pinpointing key events with other non-real sound gives real mood to the end result.

I am really pleased with the way it looks and sounds. I like the way I’ve cut the original individual pieces of video to try and create a story and the sound creation and edit made it a fascinating experience.

I see the audiotrack on this as the underlying track which would direct the viewers mood in feeling tense, questioning, suspicious, if this were a real film it would be the first pass in the audio suite, matching the audio to the mood, then you would add the script/spoken/narration and any music over the top knowing that the baseline takes it the right way.

First day tumbles

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The first real day at NUCA on my MA course. My manifesto freshly pressed and published held in my intrepid hand, heart beating wildly when it came time to show my peers, and then crash, when you depend on technology it can bring you tumbling down, my ipad failed me when I wanted to show everyone the beautiful short piece of animation I had slaved over, no wifi in the corridor meant I looked like a fool, trying to be calm, but wanting to turn into a 4 yr old and cry and beat why…

We move on to view the others work, some is stunning, macabre, shocking, but all inventive, creative, the tutor suggests we go and view my work in the next room and hurrah, the wifi worked and indeed it was nicer to have everyone more huddled around in an intimate viewing gallery, for my piece of Augmented Reality to work.

The comments that people left on the post-it notes after watching were so complementary, but I almost tumbled again when I thought that they’d missed the one thing I wanted to get across…. but, after looking again, I saw the handwritten note that saved me from falling, the 8 letters that made me positive again… creative… thankyou whoever wrote that…