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Task 7 – Sequencing Sound FX

Using an array of Bleeps and Bloops, Factory sounds, hydraulic pumps and compressed air shoots together with a number of welding sounds I created a sound effects track for the terminator clip below.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/21574720″>Untitled</a&gt; from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user6328236″>daniel scarborough</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

I saw this video on TV the other day and felt it was relevant to this Sound FX Task. Notice all the different sounds used to describe the different actions.


Task 6 – Scoring for American Beauty (Percussion)

Task 5 – Scoring with Woodwind

At first I attempted to score a clip from the film North by North West but the woodwinds made an otherwise intense clip seem comical and less serious, so I decided to scrap this clip and go with something more appropriate. My first attempts can be seen below.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/21351469″>Untitled</a&gt; from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user6328236″>daniel scarborough</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Danny Elfman also composed the main theme for the movie Big Fish featuring Euan McGreggor. Using the orchestra to create an atmospheric feeling of love and compassion, beauty and serenity. In my composition I’ve attempted to recreate the beauty of his piece using just Woodwind instruments. I have synced it with the final scene of the movie.

The original theme:

My woodwind score to the ending clip of BigFish:

Task 4 – Score for Batman using Brass

Working with the same Batman clip as used in Task 2, I’ve produced a soundtrack using only Brass instrument sounds. I’ve tried to be more adventuress with the melodic patterns and timbral changes especially as Brass covers such a broad spectrum of fequencies. Using hard and soft velocities settings where appropriate to emphasis different actions and scene changes.

The piece is based around a 6 chord progression that repeats as my bass-line track using the sound of the Tuba. The rest of the notes throughout the piece reside around these chords.

Main Theme:

and the piece:

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/21319495″>Untitled</a&gt; from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user6328236″>daniel scarborough</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

I was particularly interesting in highlighting all the sudden movement, like people running, buildings exploding, every crash bang wallop with strong hits of the deeper bassier sounding instruments i.e. the Horn, harder velocity on the tuba and some sharp trumpet hits where appropriate.

I found the main soundtrack to Star Wars Episode 1 again by John Williams to be a great influence to me in scoring for the Batman clip especially the parts where William’s uses Brass to create atmosphere, energy and impact. If you listen to the piece I’ve posted below about 1m20s in describes the part best.

I applied small amounts of Reverb to some of the Trumpet sections to increase the impact as well as Panning left and right some the short percussive notes aswell as some of the longer horn sounds where appropriate to help improve the wideness and size of the piece.

I learnt more about chords and moving away from working with perfect 5ths instead playing 3rds an octave below or above which I found made chords sound a lot less midi based and a lot more natural.

Listening to the compositions of my class mates and through the help of my lecture I felt I’d learnt a lot about using a wider variety of instruments for longer build ups which benefitted my work drastically. I was able to create tension at low volume and easily build the piece up to a larger crescendo i.e. the crashing of the lorry.

For this piece I felt I completed the task to satifactory standard and feel it is deffinately my best piece so far. I would give myself a mark of 55-65%.


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