First up, thanks to everyone taking part in THE DOORS – my ftp server is running so hot I don’t need to boil water any more, I can just sit a cup of soup on it & let it steam! For any stragglers, don’t panic – it’s going to be a week or so before I have collected up all the contributors recordings, and another few weeks at least before I’ve listened through them all. I then figure I will create a final record list of any doors that I think are missing (eg if no one has recorded fridge/freezer doors) & I’ll then issue a pickup list to all contributors as a final request list before locking & completing the library.
And so far the results have been excellent – an equal mix of great characterful door recordings and technically excellent “normal” doors which was exactly my aim. And amongst the characterful doors are some real gems for further manipulation (eg Charles Mayne, your gate is straight out of a horror film!)
Anyway I’ll directly contact all of the contributors to THE DOORS as you receive preferential inclusion in this and any other future crowdsourced libraries, but I thought I’d also open applications to particpate in crowd sourced library #2, which is:
So the brief is: record 5 dogs
Seeing as how THE DOORS is hopefully going to finally kill the overuse of cliche doors, maybe we can also kill the over use of ‘DOG NEXT DOOR’ or at least provide some seriously good alternatives! But the world of dogs is vast & complex – some of the weirdest vocalisations I have ever heard were from a very small dog! So please comment on this post if you wish to be a contributor. As with the 1,000 doors aim (which we will easily meet) lets aim for 1,000 dogs so if each person records 5 dogs then we have a recordist limit of 200 contributors.
Many years ago I worked on a great NZ film called The Price of Milk by Harry Sinclair (one of my favourite NZ films of all time) which featured an agoraphobic dog – any time this dog spent outdoors he had a cardboard box over him so eg he would be out in a paddock chasing sheep, and you would see this barking cardboard box running around. I didn’t edit the dog sounds for that film but I really appreciated what a broad vocabulary dogs have!
Specifications and a record list will be issued once we have 200 recordists onboard