In our session this week we explored the different areas around campus with sound recorders, this exercise helped us look at areas in a different way than we are used to, exploring the sounds that a space gives off rather than the look and aesthetic qualities of a space.
I recorded many different sounds from around campus and the city, these included trains leaving the station, water dripping from a leaky pipe and cars pulling away at traffic lights.
After going out and exploring the sonic landscape of the city, i returned to my computer and imported the file to audacity where i applied amplifying and background noise reduction effects to make the audio more presentable. I then applied an effect called ‘PaulStretch’ which stretches the clip and slows down the audio, here is the sound clip i produced, the drops at the start are from the normal recording, with the PaulStretch clip following soon after :
I found slowing down and stretching the clip gave the clip a new dynamic and allowed the listener to appreciate each drop for what it was, a build up of sound that ends abruptly. Looking at Josh Millard’s work on using stretching on popular songs, he makes Bieber sound better by using Paulstretch to make it sound almost like a classical piece.
One thing that became apparent to me when trying to get a more peaceful recording away from the road, is how hard it is to get away from the sound of traffic, i have become accustomed to the background noise but hearing it on play back was surprising how much it influenced the audio reading of a space.