Category Archives: Music

Audio Conceptualising – ‘Sky Port’

This artwork is by ~RichardDorran at DeviantART.

I have chosen this image to compose a soundtrack to because it provokes an environment that would be bustling with different sounds. I like the artwork because it is both representative and detailed at the same time. I am able to target in on areas like the crane sections to the left or the launchpad on the right and pick out more detail than at first glance. I wanted to mimic that in the piece by placing sounds that built up an ambience but were also very specific to areas in the image. I chose a repetitive rhythm in the key of E major – one determined as having characterisitcs of “Joy, magnificence, splendour; brightest and most powerful key” – (Characteristics of Musical Keys, http://biteyourownelbow.com/keychar.htm). The art conveys a positive feeling, that of  astronomical mastery. The rhythm ebbs and flows like the coming and going of spacecraft and employs a minimalistic repetition.

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Audio Conceptualising – ‘Dead End’

I have always been very inspired to create sound and music from visual imagery that evokes a sense of exploration and adventure. This generally happens for me if I go for a walk outside in nature like in a forest. I like places that have remnants of objects, machinery and forgotten structures that have in time been engulfed by nature. I have just been experimenting with the idea of audio conceptualising which  involves using still images, pictures and paintings to evoke  these feelings and using sound and music to tell the story of what is being seen.

Desert Image Majora28 Deviantart

I found this amazing artwork by Majora28 at DeviantART.

In ‘Dead End’ I used sound design to promote the sense of space and environment as seen in the weather and a feeling of optimism similarly represented from the sun shining through. A plastic bag and a kettle formed the sound of a thunderstorm and I am excited by how realistic it sounds. I am trying to break away from being so literal with my sounds and i’m finally enjoying the challenge of seeing what I can ‘get away’ with.

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