Week 13 assignment

Our experience was pretty rocky at 1st becuase the mic was picking up sound very low. Eventually we switched mics and were able to record just fine. The only thing that was challenging about working with a boom mic was keeping the mic out of the shot while video recording. Other then that I think our project turn out successful. The only thing I would do different was make sure the actors are more centered in the camera while video recording, but I didn’t have any sound issues and the boom mic definitely did its job picking up everyones voice.

Singin in the Rain

The movie Singin in the Rain is a musical comedy about the depiction of Hollywood in the late 1920’s and how people transitioned from silent films to films with sound. A film star named Don was introduced to another female film star who became attracted to him, but Don ended up falling in love with someone else who also happened to be a film star. Through the midst of all this, the first successful film with sound was created by a rival film company, which in turned prompted there company to make there next film with sound. There film turned out to be an epic fail. They then came up with the idea of a musical in which it turned out to be a success for all except one character, who’s lack of a stage voice got exposed.

What I learned about the history of the film industry was that making films where characters actually spoke and engaged in dialogue changed the whole industry. I never knew films were so popular that long ago, so I can only imagine how excited people were when the first film with sound came out. I also learned that the film industry is big on how well a production sounds because the audience demanded proper sound quality.

Films started adding sound in the late 1920’s. Films started adding sound to compete with other film companies, as well as so that they could gross more money. Some of the challenges of adding sound was making sure the dialogue was in sync, with the characters. Another major challenge was just capturing the sound in general since this was a fairly new aspect of film making. They had to make sure the voices sounded good enough for the audience to comprehend. I think that these challenges could make or break an actor or actresses career during those time also.

In the scene posted, the director is having a hard time recording the actors voices. One of the characters Lina was talking, but her voice wasn’t being picked up by the microphone. Since the microphone was placed in a bush, you could not hear her voice unless she was directly facing the bush. Next, he tried to conceal the microphone in her dress to pick up her voice better, but that didn’t work so well. It was very fustrating for the director and I think he should have just made her not move as much so more of her voice could be picked up. The different strategies he tried was using a stationary mic, attaching the mic to her dress, and then re-wiring her dress so that the mic is closer to her mouth. If I was the director I would have tested about different types of microphones. I would if boom mics were around back then because I think that would have worked a lot better. I probably would have also been very fustrated an imagine that this may have been hard on the actress however, through determination and trial and error I would have eventually gotten it right with the right mic and the right angle.

Interview about Hildegard Westerkamp

Hildegard Westerkamp is a composer, radio artist and a sound ecologist, who’s respected in the field of soundscape studies and sound ecology, as well as a member of the World Soundscape Project. She does soundscape workshops, and also performs, writes and lectures internationally. She has been apart of the Vancouver Soundscape project since 1973, which was published as two LP’s and a book. She described this as a first attempt to conduct a comprehensive study of an entire urban soundscape.

A soundscape is the sound designs of a specific place, the science behind these sounds as well as the memories they give you. To study a soundscape you have to be willing to pay attention to the various sounds you hear, so you can comprehend and analyze these sounds. Sound and noise has changed over time significantly and studying soundscapes can give you an idea of how these changes have came. Studying these aspects of sound can also be applied to real life situations for many people and there various composers and artists. When she says “soundscapes recordings are excerpts of moments in time, nothing else”, she means these recordings capture different moments you experience throughout life and these sounds can sometimes always stick with you in your memories. Recordings are just a way to share these excerpts of moments in time with others.

A soundwalk is an attempt to listen and take in all the sounds around you no matter what type of environment you are in. To soundwalk you have to be open to listening to all sounds because trying to ignore sounds that may be meaningless or too loud defeats the purpose. Soundwalks can be done anywhere, at anytime and as often as you intend to. I think she feels that we owe it to our ears to be open to listening to everything, after all we can’t close our ears so we are going to hear them anyway. Our ears are supposed to exercise there natural function which is to hear, which will automatically send these sounds to our brains to be processed. The purpose of these soundwalks is to stay in touch with our sorroundings. Every sound has a different meaning no matter where we are. Natural sounds are just as important as the sounds that come from our cities, and she feels that soundwalking is important for our survival.

I think this artist and some interesting approaches and ideas on sounds and noise. I appreciate the people out there that do studies things that others including myself may take for granted. I think her work is interesting yet I do find it boring because its not something I would be into. I comment her on soundscaping, soundwalking and her composing because it is something that she is passionate about and she can share this with others and influence them to do the same. I know she has many follows and people who share her interests, and I hope she can one day say her involvement in the Vancouver Soundscape Project has paid off.

How loud is too loud?

This article is about what loud sounds from music can do to you and how important earplugs are. It explains the effect it has on our ears which is something called Tinnitus, which causes a permanent uncomfortable ringing sound. This is a result of being at concerts where loud music is played, or being a musician who is always around loud music. Even though this music cannot be played higher than a certain level our ears are very sensitive, and without protection from earplugs, you can get a neurological problem in your brain, which is how Tinnitus comes about.

Tinnitus to be exact is not a problem associated with your eardrums, it originates in your brain and is a miscommunication between noise-damaged sensory cells which result in a continuous ringing sound in the ears. It is permanent because once these sensitive hair cells are damaged, they cannot transfer impulses to the auditory nerve as well as to the brain. 50 million people suffer from this and it is so bad that 2 million of them can no longer even complete daily activities. Apart from musicians and people who frequently attend concerts the only other people that seem to be heavily affected by this are people that fought in wars and were around explosions.

In the quote the author explains that earplugs do not block out an artist vocals, just the dangerously high frequencies. I think these are the frequencies from the instruments, speakers, microphone and other bad feedback sounds that may be unnecessary and take away from the vocals. Upon doing some research I found that there are some earplugs that reduce low frequencies, and have an absorbent or damping material for high frequencies. There are also decibel reduction earplugs so I guess it depends on the type of earplugs that you have.

Music is played very loud at music venues, even louder than the limit of decibels we can tolerate. Music sound levels aren’t suppose to be louder than 95 decibels without risk of hearing loss. I feel that it is hard to tell what is too loud because after a while we get used to the loud music, not knowing how harmful it can actually be. the louder it is the more excited and amped up the audience will be, and people away from the speakers and the stage will be able to hear just as clear as people closer to them.

I think music should be played quieter at shows because of the harmful effects of loud music. Musicians may not like it but at the same time there audience may not even notice much of a difference. This will in turn be saving lives because according to the article Tinnitus is also the cause of many suicides. I feel that a substitute to playing music so loud can be the installation of more speakers in the venue. That way everyone can hear the music the same no matter where they are, and everyone will be a lot safer. After all who thinks about buying earplugs before going to a concert anyway?

the worlds lonliest whale assignment

This article is about a mysterious whale who’s sounds measure up to 52 hertz, which is louder than any other whale. this whale has caught many peoples attention, due to the fact that it has never been found and cannot be heard by any other whale’s but is heard by humans every year because of its loud calls. The species of this whale is not known, pretty much the only thing that is known about this whales is that it lives in the pacific ocean, and migrates from Alaska to Mexico every year.

The science of this story is that whale’s make sounds for many different reasons. These reasons include navigation, finding food, to communicate with each other, and for certain species they make calls when looking for a mate. These sounds can travel thousands of miles through the ocean. i don’t think the real reason why this whale cannot communicate with other whales is actually known based on the article. However only one call at a time can be picked up by hydrophones, which are used to listen to whale calls. These calls seemed to be unrelated to the presence or movement of other whale species, which suggests that this whale is not communicating with any of the other whale species found in that part of the world.

The number 52 refers to the amount of hertz these sounds measure up to when picked up by hydrophones. According to the article 52 hertz is unheard of when it comes to whales or any animal at that, since whales are the loudest animals on earth. Most whales communicate at 15-20 hertz according to what the human ear can hear, which is almost imperceptible.

People are drawn to the story of this whale for many reasons. A lot of people feel sorry for this whale because of the idea of this whale being lonely in such a big ocean, with no one else to communicate to. Others are fascinated with the idea of trying to find this whale, so it can be studied and documented. There are filmmakers interested in making a film about this whale and I’m sure many other documentaries will follow. Many people can also relate to the idea of feeling lonely, having no one that they can communicate to or that will understand what they are going through in life, so they feel that this whale is the animal version of them.

I think the author’s quote is simple is interpretation of the whale and how he can relate to it. He feels that the whale represents loneliness and in the digital era, people get so consumed with the internet that it takes away from people’s social life, and internet allows people to live a more isolated life than what it promised. I do agree with this quote because nowadays people rely on blogging, social media etc. to get our points and views across, that we do socialize less in person. This relates to this lonely whale that makes noises but is not actually communicating with other whales.

Ic Class Assignment Option #1

For this assignment we were asked to use different editing techniques to make sounds near, far or just from 1 side. I think panning was hard for me because sometimes it is hard to pinpoint where exactly to pan and sometimes overlaps are still needed. I figured out that Equalizer and reverb are the best effects to use when trying to make things sound far away. My favorite way to create space is to use reverb and toggle with the dry and wetness, to create and echo sound.

Sound Effect assignment

For this assignment I was asked to choose from 3 different recordings and use the Equalizer effect as well as others to alter the way the recording sounds. I chose a recording of a baby crying and my aim was to make it sound as abnormal and distorted as I could. The effects I found that helped me were the Equalizer effect in which I changed the green dot(HMF) to the lowest frequency and the yellow dot(MF) to the higher frequency. I still don’t know the difference between all the various dots but it still worked for me. I also used the reverb effect and altered the mix level as well as the modulation sci-fi effect where I altered the depth. I like the fact that we were given the opportunity of play with different effects and learn what they do on our own. I like the way my recording turned out and hopefully I get to learn more about what these effects do.

Storytelling project

For this project we were asked to record ourselves narrating a section from a story. We were told to add sound effects to help visualize certain aspects of the story. I found that the websites given to us for sound effects were very helpful. I did not run into any real issues with this assignment and I found that what worked for me was incorporating a consistent background sound of the everglades since that was where the story took place. I was able to find all the effects needed for my narrative and I also had to play around with volume, make duplicates and add crossfades. Overall I am happy with the outcome of this project.

Public radio article

In this article he is trying to distinguish the difference between the way he speaks on Public radio to the normal voices he hears on public radio. Being that he is an African America who’s voice as been shaped by culture and oratory he feels as if his normal natural may not necessarily belong on public radio. The question he is mainly asking is whether or not there is a real authentic way of speaking in radio and podcasts. I believe there isn’t because like he mentioned, the more you get used to hearing your voice, the more confident in public speaking you will be. His experience of public radio is that you traditionally hear white voices, so when he hears non=white voices it would sound like they are trying to adjust in order to sound proper for radio. The only public radio I listen to are the radio stations that play Hip hop and Rnb and in those radio stations you dont have to sound a certain way, in fact being yourself is more encouraged because of the culture. I feel that it is better to be yourself on radio because that is how you truly gain the respect of your listeners.