A few weeks ago I made a blog post explaining the start of my Cbeebies advert project for University, which is currently quite close to being finished, so I have begun working on the sound design of the video.
The first part of the soundtrack that I made was actually the music. I decided to record a basic track using just acoustic guitar and tabla, because I could quickly record these. I started out with a five chord sequence which continues throughout.
After a few repetitions of the guitar sequence, the tabla comes in, in a fairly improvised manner. The tabla really takes over as the main instrument at this point as it’s pretty varied in tone.
Both the guitar and the tabla were recorded using one of my trusty (and basically all purpose) Behringer C-1 microphones.
There is no dialogue in the film, instead I decided to give the animated characters squeaky noises to show that they are communicating with each other. The squeaks are actually me making stupid sounds into a microphone (again, using the C-1 with a pop screen) and I’m currently playing around with various processes to make it sound less obviously like a human voice.
Each of the scenes needs atmos(or ambiance). The video contains a montage of the characters travelling down various streets, so I went down to the nearest main road and used a H2N Zoom to record the sounds of traffic. I also went to the nearby park to try and record general ‘park sounds’ (people talking, running around, playing etc.) but between the wind (which is a big problem for any microphone or recorder, but is always really bad on a small recorder like the Zoom) the gardener with the leaf blower, and the suspicious looks from park wardens I didn’t get any decent recording at all. I did go back to my garden and record bird song, which will be a good bit of atmos.
There are a few spot effects needed, such as a bouncing ball. I recorded the sound of the ball bouncing on different services, both hard and soft, since the real sound of a ball bouncing on grass isn’t that impressive sounding!
This is a long way from being finished but I should be done with both this and the video itself in the next few weeks. I’ll be making a blog explaining the animation in the video, then eventually I’ll be posting both the video itself (once it’s been graded) and a making – of video (much like I did with the sound design project last year.)