Field Recording Competition 1 – cardboard box

Field Recording

(reposting to keep deadline present for lurkers)

If you were one of a number of the people who heard the results from the first HISSandaROAR Field Recording Competition and wished you had taken part, then here is your chance!

This is the first in a series of competitions – you get one month to record and submit a single take of a performance with the prop, in this case a cardboard box. I’ll then spend the following month checking the submissions and awarding a prize (or prizes – I’m not setting a limit on how many prizes there will be, as I like to reward interesting work)

A cardboard box, a microphone, a recorder and you. Thats it! No processing allowed, submit a single take, details below. Deadline = October 30th. Have fun!

Upload details for the competition:

1. Check your file name is correct (as below)
2. Put your .WAV file, photo and text file into a folder with your name
3. Zip it, verify the file is called YOURNAME.zip
4. Upload it using ftp
5. Add a comment to this post once your upload is completed, include the name of your upload in the comment

NOTE: you will need to use an ftp app like CyberDuck, Transmit, Fetch etc

FTP details:

ftp address:
ftp://ftp.musicofsound.co.nz

username:
fieldsound@musicofsound.co.nz

password:
oneboxonetake

and some SUGGESTIONS

I’ll be thinking about these words as I listen to your recordings:
– performance
– uniqueness
– character
– fidelity
– resonance
– whats for lunch
– acoustics
– perspective
– etc

The entire essence of this challenge is to take something ordinary and use your creative skills to capture something extraordinary. Your access to technology wont impress me half as much as your ability to think (and hear) laterally!

NOTE: an update incase anyone does not see it in the comments:

I want to hear the prop – you can use a violin bow (or a hammer or your teeth or a car or a gun or a particle accelerator) on the box, as long as I hear it & know its a box… If for example you blew up the box with a mortar, I would likely hear it and think: I can hear the mortar, where is the box?

So feel free to manipulate or destroy the cardboard box using any techniques, tools, machinery, whatever… set fire to it if you want, freeze it in dry ice & crush it, throw it off a cliff… But I would like to be able to hear some essence of the prop in the final recording – otherwise you might as well record anything & say the box was involved somehow, albeit inaudibly, OK?

77 thoughts on “Field Recording Competition 1 – cardboard box

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  2. Linas

    2. Put your .WAV file, photo and text file into a folder with your name

    a photo of what? gear, cardboard? 🙂

    1. tim Post author

      Up to you, but I am not interested in your gear…. Its what you do with it thats interesting! Maybe look at some of the photos from the winners of the last competition if you really aren’t sure – I suspect it was not a coincidence that some of the most interesting unique sounds were accompanied by unique interesting photos (maybe a sign of a unique interesting mind?)

      http://www.musicofsound.co.nz/blog/field-recording-rubber-band
      http://www.musicofsound.co.nz/blog/field-recording-hands
      http://www.musicofsound.co.nz/blog/field-recording-pencil

  3. Isaac Derfel

    Sounds like a great challenge! Tim, are we allowed to use a second prop in order to get a sound out of the box? For instance, the picture for the competition shows a knife being stabbed into a box. Is this valid? Thanks for the clarification!

    1. tim Post author

      I suggest reading the comments from the first competition, here:

      http://www.musicofsound.co.nz/blog/hissandaroar-field-recording-competition-launch

      to repeat a comment there:

      “I want to hear the prop – you can use a violin bow (or a hammer or your teeth or a car or a gun or a particle accelerator) on the box, as long as I hear it & know its a box…. If for example you blew up the box with a mortar, I would likely hear it and think: I can hear the mortar, where is the box?”

      So feel free to manipulate or destroy the cardboard box using whatever techniques or tools/machinery, set fire to it if you want, freeze it in dry ice & crush it, throw it off a cliff… but I would like to be able to hear some essence of the box in the final recording, because otherwise you might as well record anything & say the box was involved somehow, albeit inaudibly…

  4. Hector Rivera

    Are pets considered props? Love the results from the last challenge and I look forward to entering in this one.

  5. planktone

    hi all,

    not a recording but live … !!!

    I have for some time 2 mic’s in my garden as live shoutcast.

    I placed the 2 mic’s in a carton box for this occasion and have them installed at the centre of my garden.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/ohxyamcwnxb2myq/2013-10-16%2019.30.13.jpg

    … can’t make a photo outside as it is now night in Europe 🙂

    feel free to join in and listen:

    http://planktone.dyndns.org:8050

    soon all will be available as a 24 hour recording too

    Grtz,

    w.

        1. tim Post author

          by a ‘first’ version you do mean ‘first & only’ version right?
          This isn’t multiple choice – one entry per person
          Let me know if I am keeping or deleting

          1. planktone

            don’t know yet … it depends on what is not happening

            have a new recording ready, but don’t know it’s better as a lot of nice things are going on …

            it’s not easy to produce for the NO-NEWS label … 🙂

            w.

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    1. tim Post author

      got it, thanks

      your post didn’t disappear = all first time commenters posts are moderated and have to be approved, otherwise spammers take over

  7. Lefteris

    Just uploaded LEFTERIS.DOUROS.zip

    I hope I’m in the deadline… if not no problem it was funn!
    thanks!

  8. Vladimir

    it is almost a day since I uploaded sample and posted my comment – and it is has not appeared yet. was it spam?

  9. tim Post author

    sorry i dont have internet access yet, so will check all submissions and post a confirmation list once the month has ended everywhere in the world, thanks
    tim

  10. niko

    did i make it..? i disremembered the deadline was end of the october.. not 30th.. darn 😉 uploaded nikohuttunen.zip still.

  11. André Engelhardt

    Thanks for a great SD idea Tim, it’s been a blast! It’s not the 30th anymore but stupidly I had closed headphones on all day so I didn’t hear the deadline wooshing by! 🙂 andreengelhardt.zip is uploaded though.

    Enjoy and again thank you for a great challenge!

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