Film-TV 1: Sound

This week, we venture into the world of sound. More specifically, sound analysis and sound recording. First off, we talked about sound analysis. Our discussion revolved around a short film titled “Clown Train.”

So to start things off, Clown Train’s sound design consisted of an array of noises, which in return gave off an eerie, unnerving vibe. Some of the sounds I’ve picked up on while watching the film include piercing noises, the sound of a train moving on a railway track, loud ambient noises deriving from a moving train, static, the sound of a electricity jolt, the sound of lights flickering, ambient noises within the train, knocking sounds, and creepy music playing in the background. All of the fore mentioned sounds helped orchestrate tension as well as create a unique filmic space. All in all, I thought the sound design was very well done and it really helped set the mood of the film.

Moving away from Clown Train, Paul brought in a new ‘toy’ for us to play with during our tute. It was an audio mixer; the most confusing contraption I’d ever come across. We explored the sound equipment, which mainly consist of the audio mixer, loom, and boom mic, in groups of two or three. After that, we were given instructions on how to use to equipment and what not to do before attempting to connect the boom mic to the audio mixer. Looking back at the class exercise, I didn’t expect myself to struggle much at all trying to work the equipment seeing as I’ve never had any issues familiarizing myself with the sound equipment I’ve come across in the past. But then again, I’ve only ever handled simple or basic devices such as the H2 Zooms and they’re nothing compared to the audio mixer in terms of their features and quality.

Next, it was time to put our coiling skills to the test. It’s frustrating to have to deal with tangled cables, more so when they’re a few metres long. Not only that, tangled cables are equivalent to self-sabotaging. Tangled cables damage the wiring inside and once the wiring gets stuffed up, no sound can or will be recorded. So, to ensure all of the above does not happen, we were taught how to properly coil the cables.

Overall, this week was a pretty technical week, and weeks like these are the ones I enjoy most.

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