Alastair Sirkett’s (sound01) recording, “Heavy Rain Inside Metal BBQ” got the most votes this month. A few words from the winner…….
My name is Alastair Sirkett, I’m a London based, freelance sound editor/designer, mainly working on feature films (Morning Glory (Roger Michell), The Debt (John Madden), Mamma Mia). This year I’ve also been working on some iPhone applications (Charles Peattie’s Animal Alphabet) and am currently working on a couple of episodes of a TV drama series (‘Primeval’ for Andy Walker at Crossfade). I also complete work for Giles Martin and Apple Corps, last year sound designing the Intro’ and Outro’ for ‘The Beatles – Rockband’ video game and very recently, sound designing trailers for The Beatles iTunes launch (The Beatles through the Years).
Like most sound editors, I’m always on the ‘listen out’ for interesting sounds and the BBQ had been sitting just outside my patio doors for a couple of years being regularly rained on. Even from the outside it had made a great sound due to it’s curved lid, so I decided to pop my Zoom H4n inside to see what I’d get. It turned out well, so I got my Sanken CMS-7 and recorded what you’ve all heard. I think I left it running for about 30 minutes, with the rain eventually fading away, so I have various intensities in my library. Unfortunately, I still don’t think that I’ve been able to use it any jobs I’ve done. Thanks for voting for it and thanks to Michael for putting this ‘Collective’ together.
Well done Al and thanks everyone for the tremendous level of involvement and the high standard of submitted recordings. The set ended up with 50 recordings in it in the end, which is brilliant. Not a bad return on as little as one contribution, eh?
Al’s chosen a new theme which I’ll announce later today – in the meantime, here are some end of month stats from Soundcloud that may be of interest to you:
Just a short notice to remind everyone that the ‘Rain’ theme will close at the end of the month so if you intend to contribute then please make sure you do so over the next few days. I will be taking the ‘Rain’ set offline so it will no longer be accessible to anyone. No more contributions will be accepted and no more downloads will be possible.
Also, please all have a think about themes for next month so that you are ready with an idea should you win this month. It’d be great if we could have a new theme up and running quite promptly at the start of the month so the winner won’t have too much time to deliberate!
I’m sticking to the original plan of having the winner choose December’s theme but for January and from then on I’ve decided that the theme should be decided by a poll, which you’ll find in the right sidebar. I’ve made a couple of suggestions to start the list off but obviously feel free to add your own ideas in the ‘Other’ box. Any suggestions that don’t win I will add to the poll list for subsequent months.
I’m changing this so that more people’s ideas can get an airing. It’s struck me this month that someone could contribute every month but never happen to win and therefore never get the chance to put an idea forward which kind of goes against the idea of getting everyone involved. Also, I think we may also come up with better ideas as a group rather than just one person, who may not even have any strong preferences, deciding. We’ll see how it goes anyway….
Lastly, if you haven’t done so already, please don’t forget to vote for your favourite track(s) on Soundcloud next time you visit the Club.
I’ve been keeping an eye on the stats page on Soundcloud and have noticed that most people are hanging on, presumably until the end of the month, before downloading all the tracks. Consequently, I’ve decided that the best way to decide the winner is by making use of the ‘favourite’ function: Whoever has the most favourites at the end of the month will get to choose the following month’s theme.
No-one’s really made use of this option yet so I invite you all to do some ‘favouriting’ the next time you visit the club. You can favourite just one or as many tracks as you wish, i.e pick your winner or favourite all the tracks you particularly like – it’s totally up to you.
If everyone votes I think this will give a much more accurate reflection of a track’s popularity than going by number of downloads. So get voting!