Brief Two – Filmic Spaces – Work Process
Soundscape Work Process
In oder to create my soundscape, I had to carry our various different actions within Adobe Audition, learning in the process how to create a track myself. To begin the process, I first downloaded various sound clips I felt would work well for the portrayal of the Schizophrenic character. I chose to use a scope of different sounds, varying from a fuzzy radio noise in order to represent confusion of a character, to clips from films such as ‘Requiem for a Dream’ and ‘The Shining’, showing moments of paranoia, and behavioural changes. Through use of these and various other clips found, I then began but creating copies of the tracks, as during editorial processes using Audition, often files are permanently changed. Once I had done this, I then proceeded to add my primary background sound to the soundscape, which was the ‘radio noise’. This would play through the whole track, creating somewhat of a hazy, confused and blurry atmosphere, almost an ever changing atmosphere. Once this was done, I then proceeded to add other sound clips to the track, placing them at various points in which i felt would help create the most dramatic effect, or illustrate my character’s mental and behavioural narrative the best.
Once this had been done, I then worked to listen through the track overall, deciding which areas were best to be cut or copied or replayed throughout, using the razor tool to cut up my sound clips. This process was one that took a lot of time due to the precision that is needed in order to cut and place tracks exactly where they should be, ensuring they fit with the rest of the track.
After this, I was then able to play with the various volumes of each track, deciding where might be the the best place within the track to heighten or drop the volume, to help create or build tension within the clip. This I found very useful, as it meant throughout i was still able to maintain the haziness and confused atmosphere by always having the ‘radio noise’ audible, which really helped my track I believe. Furthermore, particularly towards the end, when a clip from ‘The Shining’ is played, due to the fact that gradually its volume grows and it dominates the track, it really creates this dramatic tension, and cliff hanger when it is then cut off finally ay the end, and everything goes back into white noise.
Another great tool within Audition, is that it gives me the opportunity to add effects to tracks, creating echoes, and warping sounds. This was a very useful tool, as it helped with the transitioning of thought processes that were bing illustrated through the sound, the way in which an echo noise would linger, and fade into the next sound.
Once all effects were aded, I was then able to fine-tune any ares which sounded out, moving clips, adding, taking away, doing whatever i had to, in order to create my soundscape. Though at first it was a little tricky to get a handle on, I eventually conquered it, and have created a soundscape I’m Happy with!
Film to go with Soundscape
As well as creating a soundcsape, I then attempted to film and record a video that i would be able to combine with my soundscape in order to create both an audible and visual illustration of my concept. I was able to create this and with the use of premier pro I was able to cut and edit my work, overlapping the video towards the end to add a strange effect to the visual. I also played around with the speed of the clip playback, in attempt to complement the growing tension felt in the soundscape and/or to show the quick change of thought or feeling. I did have various screen shots of the process, however unfortunately they were lost on the computer that i worked on, and so i am unable to show them.