Box by Band of One (Band of One EP)
Scream Street Bites: Ball
The good folks of Scream Street (the series I wrote the music for) ran a student competition to story board some 1-minute shorts, and the winners' boards were used to make a series of delightful shorts based around Dig & Lulu. I approached the music in a Laurel & Hardy-esque way, as the shorts are reminiscent of those early slapstick silent movies.
You can find out more about them here, and watch them on YouTube here.
The Sound Boutique Presents...DownTime
What Shall We Do With The Angry Monster?
4'15 (Ragdoll / Disney)
Part of the Hope Works initiative
I worked with Ragdoll Productions and Disney to compose the soundtrack for this delightful short. Focusing on kindness, tolerance and understanding, the film is aimed at children aged four to 12 and is supported on the Hope Works website with additional resources and activities for parents and teachers.
Hi everyone, Gareth here.
My recent strategy has been to have adventures in sound. I've written albums; written and recorded poems for kids; I'm co-producing and co-hosting a podcast with Dan Watts; I'm developing a pre-school+ property with Richard Smith.
Today I'd like to tell you about my wonderful experience with poetry in 2019. In January Moose Allain responded to a claim that there's no poetry on Twitter. What if I could find poets on social media who would be willing to have their poems set to music and sound design?
I replied to the tweet and contacted Moose to figure out what to do. Moose was, as you can imagine, very supportive. Pretty much all of the poets I contacted said yes straight away.
By the way, I have discovered that the poetry community - very much alive and well on social media by the way - is open and warm and love their craft as much as I love mine. I am so grateful to them for their permission and participation.
The poets on this little sound adventure were Ian McMillan, Timi Amusan, Brian Bilston, Mukahang Limbu and Marie-Louise Eyres. I was humbled to have a chance to take their precious work and make it into recorded sound. I would also like to thank Kate Clanchy for encouraging her amazing students Timi and Mukahang to take part. You are all wonderful people.
What followed was the series #HashtagPoems, an audio series of five poems previously published on social media, and recorded for the same platform. You can listen to them here. I hope you enjoy them, and that it perhaps encourages you to explore these poets more. And as always: if you like them, share them.
If I can be so bold as to offer a truth: you don't need permission to be creative. Creativity is about finding your own voice, not waiting for the validation of others. So create with abandon, whether it is commissioned or just for you. Have a wonderful day, and enjoy all the amazing poetry you see popping up in your social media feeds today.
The latest Real World Sounds sound pack is special. On his travels, Neil Spencer Bruce has recorded endless hours of environments in interesting places all over the world. This is his first sound pack for Real World Sounds, and there are plans for more.
Neil is a guitarist, composer, sound designer, producer, engineer, educator, and founder of Spencer Bruce Music. Over to Neil...
How did you find yourself in these amazing locations around the world?
Travelling is part of who I am, and I have been very (very!) fortunate to travel to some amazing places around the world. Once bitten by the bug I continue to have itchy feet to get back out there and experience the amazing planet that we inhabit. A big part of that is also not just wanting to take in the visual beauty but also the aural world that surrounds us. I feel that photos tell half the story and captured soundscapes can transport you straight back to a time and place, and fully immerse you in the experience.
A large part of the recordings were made whilst travelling around trying to pinpoint unique soundscapes. For example, although not a million miles away, Berwick Street Market is one of the last remaining street markets in London (and the UK), but it has a unique soundscape which could be lost to future generations. I feel like the role I am playing is as an ethnographic sound gatherer, storing these memories for future generations.
What was your strategy for recording
Keep it simple. Recording in these locations can be tricky (especially now in the UK where there is a sense of recording device paranoia), and also - as in photography - there is the need to move quickly at times and be up and recording very quickly. I have a tendency to allow the tape (showing my age) to roll for long periods of time, ensuring I capture not only what I need, but also any variation in the soundscape. I find that it takes at least five minutes for the soundscape to start to settle down into its rhythm. It also enables me to have much more material to choose from at a later stage.
The hard part can be being still for long periods of time! Ideally I try to record either binaurally, or in stereo, again to give me options at a later stage. If I am recording sound marks then I will switch to a mono microphone.
Were you able to record fairly quickly? Did you have any roadblocks or delays?
Using the system that I have means I can be up and running very quickly, particularly using the Soundman OkM binaural headphones. I can pretty much leave them in all the time and hit record when I need to. I was fortunate enough to be working on a large soundscape project, which gave me access to a wide range of portable recorders, so I was able to put them through their paces. I found that the smaller devices with an external Sound Devices MixPre produced the best results, was incredibly compact and could be up and running in seconds.
Now, with the advent of USB bus power, the issues of having lots of batteries is a fading memory and has made longer period recording much much easier.
World Spaces (Volume 1) will be available this coming Friday (26th April), exclusively via this website. It will be royalty free, which means you can use the content for your personal or commercial projects with no further charge.
If you saw and heard yesterday's Spent Force trailer👮🏼, you'll know that the first episode will appear this coming Friday 5th April via your podcast app. Spent Force has it's own web page at www.thesoundboutique.com/spentforce so if you'd like to find out more about the series it's all there.
In addition, Spent Force had a budget of £0 and you can hear it for free. In order to make more we are relying on listener donations, so if you would like to hear more about Inspector Reg's adventures, there are details on how to donate via the page.
Many thanks, and we hope you enjoy series 1!
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