My Brief Career as Foley Artist

For :30 this week, I had the distinct privilege of being a Foley Artist. As part of my DS106 assignment, I had to create :30 worth of Foley audio to go along with this Charlie Chaplin clip:

I was responsible for creating accompanying audio for the time frame of 1:31 – 2:00.  During this time in the film, Mr. Chaplin is working on his escape plan to get out of the lion’s cage.  He’s trying to be very quiet so as not to disturb the lion, but he does a few things that would (or could) make noise;

  • A girl comes to talk to him
  • He shooshes her
  • “Ouvrez la porte, vite! flashes on screen to indicate he’s saying to her “Open the door, fast!”
  • The girl faints
  • Chaplin picks up the tray and splashes water on the girl
  • The lion yawns
  • Chaplin keeps splashing
  • The lion gets up halfway and Chaplin drops the tray, runs to the door and leans against it

The bold words show the sounds I focused on.  I used this to create a list of sounds I needed to try to create:

  • Girl talking
  • Shushing
  •  “Open the door, fast!”
  • Fainting/falling
  • Water splashing
  • An animal yawn
  • A tray dropping/running

I spent some time thinking about different things I have around the house that I could use to create appropriate (and possibly inappropriate sounds.)  I thought about things found in the kitchen, nosier fabrics I might be able to find, and what sorts of sounds some of my daughter’s toys make, and of course I needed a helper so I recruited my husband.

Once I decided on my sounds and how I was going to make them, I practiced a few times and then got to recording.  It only took a few takes to get a decent version!

My final result is below, as is the list of sounds and how I made them is also below.  Enjoy!

  • Girl talking (me!)
  • Shushing (Hubs)
  • “Open the door, fast!”  (Hubs)
  • Fainting/falling (Me! + banging on the counter)
  • Head scratching (Daughter’s crinkle book)
  • Water splashing (Hubs + a bowl of water in the sink)
  • An animal yawn (Daughter’s teething giraffe that squeaks. Aren’t I funny??”
  • A tray dropping/running (Me, banging on counter again)

A Missed Connection

In one of my many first jobs out of college, I worked in a local jewelry store in a resort town. During the off-season, the days were painfully slow and I often kept myself entertained by checking out the missed connections section of Craigslist.  It’s a pretty interesting little corner of the internet, full of hopeful people wishing to connect with someone they only saw or barely met.  I found it best described as “an enormous anonymous echo chamber” by a writer for the New York Times.

Whilst perusing the missed connections section this week for a suitable piece for my DS106 audio assignment, I got curious about the whole concept of the site.  How many people are looking for others? Where are these connections being missed? Do any of these posts result in successful romances??  Obviously I had to google it.

I found this infographic about where missed connections are happening, nationally and who is posting about them.

Source: Psychology Today

Source: Psychology Today

As noted in the infographic, I found a lot of missed connections on the metro in the DC Metro area. (And for single friends that live in the South – Make fast to WALMART!!!)  I couldn’t find any evidence or statistics about the success of these missed connections but that’s not part of this assignment anyway.  I digress!

So I found a pretty great missed connection posting and I read it, enhanced it with some additional audio, and embedded it here for your enjoyment.  Since the missed connection takes place on the metro, I included audio of a train pulling into the station.  I also added a layer of skeevy background music for effect.  My microphone audio is less than ideal, but I unfortunately don’t have the tools   For the full text of the missed connection, see below.

 

I saw you this morning on the orange line metro (towards largo/new carrollton), you were beautiful. I got on at Dunn Loring and you were already on. You had red tinted hair and a tealish bag. You were short and fit. 

I never do this and I’m sure you’ll never see this but I wish I had said something.

Tell me what stop you got off at if you see this.

 

 

A Day on the Farm

As I mentioned in my post earlier this week, we’re playing with sound this week in DS106.  For this assignment, I needed to come up with a story and tell it using just sounds.  I’m not sure exactly how I was inspired but I decided that farm noises would be a good base for a quaint little story.

I found some great farm sounds on Freesound.org.  The site made it really easy to search and find what I was looking for although I did have to sift through some recordings of humans making animal sounds to get to the good real animal noises.  That was weird.  I was tempted to use the recording of the random guy bleating like a goat but decided against it.  A couple of sounds and a few Audacity YouTube tutorials later and I was well on my way to creating my story about a day on the farm.  Using Audacity was easier than I thought it would be once I learned a few of the basics.  Below is a screen capture of my work in progress. This only shows a few of the tracks but gives you an idea of how I layered them and spaced them out over time.  I used copy/paste to repeat sounds that I thought were too short. I also used the fade in and fade out effects to give the effect of closeness as well as for the sake of blending.

Here’s a screen shot of my handiwork:Image

So this is a story of a day on the farm.  There’s a farm “chatter”, let’s call it, that runs throughout the track.  You’ll hear the chickens pipe up early on to start the day, then there’s the occasional cow and goat that make themselves known as they go about their business on the farm.  Then, the farmer goes by on his tractor.  After a long day’s work, you’ll hear the farmer relaxing in a rockin’ chair on the front porch, drinking his sweet tea.

And here’s the result ( I went over the 90 sec. time limit for this, but I got carried away…)