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Star Trek Vs Gravity Sound Design

While doing a bit of research for my report assignment on sound design, I stumbled upon how the sound design department is required to make choices either of artistic or scientific nature. This is often a dilemma in Sci-Fi films, where entire scenes are being supposingly shot in space. Space is Vacuum. Empty. No air, no nothing. Sound waves its impossible to travel without that mean. So,

NO SOUND IN SPACE!

Then, how come all those movies have laser blasts, explosions, spaceship noise audible on them? That’s because the artistic nature supersedes the scientific. It just sounds better and some times more realistic than reality itself!


The Sound of “Star Trek”

The “Star Trek” sound team including Supervising Sound Editor Mark Stoeckinger, Supervising Sound Editor Alan Rankin, Sound Designer Scott Gershin, Sound Designer Ann Scibelli, and Sound Designer Tim Walston talk about the approach and sound design behind the eleventh film based on the Star Trek franchise directed by J.J. Abrams.


How the sound masters of “Gravity” broke the rules to make noise in a vacuum

Sound designer Glenn Freemantle and re-recording mixer Skip Lievsay reveal the film’s sonic secrets. A film in which the audience would hear sound effects the same way the characters did. In space there’s no air to transmit vibrations, so that means total silence — unless you’re touching something and your body itself serves as the conduit.

Glenn Freemantle: It was at that point that we decided to do the sound design from the perspective of touch through vibration, and contact, in the whole film. Right from the beginning. We did that type of thing that you see right on that first little temp mix. Obviously we went and elaborated, and we shot loads and loads of stuff and you know, tried to refine the whole thing, but that was the beginning of the concept.

Source: theverge.com, vimeo, slate.comsoundworkscollection.com

THE SECOND ARTEFACT

Dark Horse Vs Burn

For the second artefact I have combined two songs and merge then in to one. This created a new song by using their music and lyrics. I consulted Youtube‘s Most Popular Pop Videos for the choice since I am targeting for the spreadability of the music artefact. Many very well known songs are on that list but I eded up in two. By picking songs by the current music-song trends in the industry will help my music piece to spread more and faster. The first song is by Katy Perry ft Juicy J and the second by Ellie Goulding. Katy’s Dark Horse has as by today 704.198.971 views and Ellie’s Burn 384.068.674 making them both extremely popular.

I also consulted a song key finder software to help me identify the key of the songs so that I could check if they are harmonically compatible. This helped me in refining my options and thus ending with those two songs instead of others. Both songs are from the same key: Bbm.

The main issue was the Bpm incompatibility, were Burn has much faster tempo. I edited them using Pro Tools although I think Audacity would be a much better choice in the end, I also used elastic audio to time stretch Burn in order to match the Dark Horse Bpm, but unfortunately that had decremental effects on Ellie’s already extremely processed vocals.

I included tags in Youtube such as: Mash-up, Music, Remix, Katy Perry, Ellie Goulding, Dark Horse, Burn etc.


Do not confuse a mash-up for a remix.

A mashup (also mesh, mash up, mash-up, blend etc.) is a song or composition created by blending two or more pre-recorded songs, usually by overlaying the vocal track of one song seamlessly over the instrumental track of another.

Source: Wikipedia. Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mashup_%28music%29


ADDITION:  

Stats for 2nd Artefact: 

Posted on Youtube.

Like, Don’t Like, Comments, Shares,

Demographics

And search: More than half views we attracted from Facebook

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109 Views, 161 views according to the minutes being watched and 1 Follower. Visitors heard the song more than once. Either they hate it or enjoy it!

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Posted on Facebook:

220 people were reached by my post. I uploaded it in a music group I have FBR Radio. Its the webpage of my radio station. Not active at the moment unfortunately. I got 13 likes as well!

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A friend really likes it he posted it him self on his page and tagged me!

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Summary: I hoped the second artefact would do better than the first. I used really popular songs, I posted It, tweeted about it as well, tagged it properly. I posted it on Youtube on wednesday afternoon round 20:00 pm hoping that I will get attention from UK and US. You can read more about my strategy here: https://toniavl.wordpress.com/2014/11/30/its-all-about-the-spread-project/   

I realised people are really unpredictable in what they choose to view and share. Had I posted it another week would probably give me totally different results.

Side Assignment

Alright. So, I have this module, it’s all about the internet and how to use it constructively in order to gain from it. Gain knowledge, gain connections, gain an online presence among peers and industry professionals. One of the assignments for the module is a 5000 word report (yes 5000 word, you heard me) that – wait for it – counts only for 50% of the module. I’m not going to complain any more, it is what it is. I had this idea, that since I’m interested in Post Production, I should like take this opportunity and learn more about past and current techniques. So I thought I should demonstrate the differences and the progression of sound design by comparing two films. Preferably remakes. Such as King Kong (1933) and King Kong (2005) or maybe even Tron (1982) and Tron (2010). I should like do some search online, find out how they manage to create all those magnificent (for that past era) sound effects etc.

Tron Trailer 1982

King Kong Trailer 1933

Pretty cool ha?