I had an idea for a fun competition, as a creative challenge to field recordists, but first I need your help. I was having a conversation with someone the other day about how just having a field recorder and mics does not necessarily mean you can record interesting sounds – that part comes from you, your sensibility, creativity, lateral thinking… and performance.
Just as musical performance varies between people on the same instrument, the same theory applies for creating sound effects with props. So heres what I am thinking for the competition:
1. Choose a prop – it has to be a single prop which anyone anywhere in the world can access
2. Record as much as you want with it, but submit 3 sounds recorded with the prop.
3. The winner of the competition is whoever I deem to have captured the most interesting, inventive, creative sound
NOTE: There can be no processing or digital manipulation of the sound at all – this has to be raw field recordings.
The reward will be for your recording, performance and selection of the three submitted sounds.
The winner receives a free copy of HISSandaROAR COMPLETE
But before I launch the competition, what is the prop?
It has to be universally available and standardised – the first idea that came to mind is a coca cola can, but there is no way I am doing anything to support or promote sociopaths…. So what springs to mind? Something you could walk into a dairy/conveni/711 and buy, for not much cost at all?
Soon as we find the best prop I’ll launch the competition!
– a soda can?
– an egg?
– a carrot?