Exercises: 12 Listening & 13 Create a new soundtrack
During an afternoon walk this week, I crossed nearby heathland, sat down for 15 minutes and made notes of what I could hear:
- Helicopter passes overhead.
- Wing beats of a passing bird
- A jet passes overhead, high up
- Wind in my ears
- Cars on the road
- Buzzing insects
- Chirping grasshopper
- Gunfire from the nearby Longmoor ranges
- The bottle cap unscrewing - rasping metallic sound, cold and functional
- The bottle placed on the table (twice) – solid, safe, firm, dependable
- The telephone ringing (two rings) – jarring, intrusive, sharp and dominant
- The alcoholic breathing – whisper, alive, scary, disturbing (this was unintentionally included, a point to watch)
- The wine being poured into the glass – sparkly, refreshing, anticipation, imminent satisfaction.
In addition to these, there was the background sound of the fridge running in the kitchen which sounds comforting and alive. (I am strangely disturbed when these sounds are absent from the house, it usually means something is wrong and produces momentary anxiety). In the first shot, the radio playing, which wakes our sleeping alcoholic is a female voice, indistinct but mellifluous in tone, again comforting and warm.
Project 3 Files: I have identified the project files but as I have uninstalled Nero 11, I can no longer open them. I still have the resulting MP4 files which are read only. I changed my editing software from Nero 11 HD to Sony Vegas HD because of its inflexibility. i.e. Nero was saving my projects in some very strange locations and file formats on my PC and I didn’t have the flexibility I needed to manage my project files.
As an exercise in making a new soundtrack, I did re-record the sounds in the sequence but I don’t seem to be able to clear the basic background hum from my recordings. I need more work on this topic. Arising from a suggestion from Margaret Taylor, I have laid a new soundtrack on my “Rain” atmospheric sequence.
Conclusion: I have learned a lot from these exercises, especially about the sounds that I don't really want in my audio track. I also need to be able to learn more about using the audio editing package that came with my software. I have had some good and constructive feedback from the student group. Thanks.