Angel Perez Grandi, who has contributed some stunning Argentinian field recordings, chose this theme. In his words:
My suggestion for a set would be “natural echo spaces”, that is, spaces or sounds with inherent (natural) reverb. Diffused, decay, blurry background activity are words that pop to my mind. From canyons to temples to claustrophobic spaces as long as we get a strong sense of space. The resonance can be forced but not created through processing – a loud bang inside a tank would qualify too for example.
So; echoey sounds in a variety of interesting acoustic spaces – exterior or interior. This could include anything from footsteps in a stairwell to voices in a cathedral to gunshots in a valley to door slams in an industrial lift. As is often the way with my briefs, the main requirement is ‘character’. Can’t really add much to that – sounds like a great theme choice to me. Enjoy!
With Echo Space, are we trying to grab impulses of that space?
March 31, 2011 at 11:45 pm
Certainly not just IRs but if people want to add IRs along with their recordings then maybe they can stick them on the end of their corresponding tracks or load them as separate files if preferred. I’m open to suggestions on this – what does everyone think?
April 1, 2011 at 12:03 am
Sorry I’m trying to get a handle on it. Are we looking to grab certain sounds in that space or the space/ambiance itself. I’ve been wanting to participate in the project, but have been unable to in the past. I ask because I have recently discovered this wicked sounding 9 story stairwell in the engineering building on campus, I’m using many things from it In a film I’m going to be doing and I want to make sure I can grab recordings to contribute to this project.
April 1, 2011 at 4:52 am
My interpretation of Angel’s description is that we are not collecting room tones. There’s a fine line here, but there needs to be some ‘activity’ (however background, gentle or distant) to exhibit the space’s reflective qualities.
Your stairwell is a perfect example: What makes it sound wicked to you? It might be just the room tone but I’d bet it’s actually the really wet reflections of all kinds of different triggers – distant footsteps, a shout, a door slam or buzzer. Would you agree? Those are the sounds we’re after. In fact, exactly the same sounds I imagine you’re collecting for your film. Hope that clears it up a bit for you.
April 1, 2011 at 8:27 am