Sound being a massive interest mine, I have recently taken to exploring the realm of soundscapes. Sound allows me to imagine visuals in a different light, so I’ve decided to take a break from staring at the visuals and explore other creative perspectives and avenues.
Having done a few video projects where I had to construct a soundscape from scratch, and having done a lot of soundwork in the past that did not accompany any visuals, I would say that I am both aware and experienced in creation of soundscapes and effects on a technical level. As well as that, I’m aware of the concepts and the thought-processes involved in painting a living, convincing landscape aurally, though admittedly, being aware and practicing are two very different things, and I’ve done far more of the former than the latter, always shoving the deeper, artistic half of the process aside as the deadlines loomed closer or as I gave myself the excuse that the mini-project I was doing for myself was merely a technical exercise and did not need to be unnecessarily ‘artsy’.
This publication gave me a fresh, new perspective of the entire process, and has provided me with the motivation and inspiration to paint with sound and give the aural experience some emotional depth and artistic expression, rather than being overly pragmatic about it and simply making it sound ‘right’ and ‘real enough’.
The reading also provides a fair deal of technical insights too; some more obvious, others the more subtle and easier to overlook kind that give a scene that final missing ingredient to really make it stand out.
A highly recommended read to both inspire and refresh.