I’ve spent the last month auditioning resonators for the instrument I’m building… These are all spun metal & different gauges of stainless steel, aluminium, copper etc….
Metal spinning is visually amazing, eg
An excerpt from the 2003 documentary by Eric Marin
Recording balloon pops at Durie Tunnel, Whanganui – see earlier post
Excuse the wobbly cam – I had my little Sony a6300 hanging around my neck…
I’ll revisit this location and another much larger complex of tunnels to record sweeps for an eventual HISSandaROAR IR Library release…
Here are the best books that I own & reccomend on the subject of film sound design!
The Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound by David Lewis Yewdall – if you only buy one book, I would buy this one. It is very practical & talks through every department & element of the soundtrack. The only caveat would be that it suffers slightly from the ‘bigger is better’ syndrome, but that comes down to aesthetics & taste which I wont debate here…
Audio-Vision by Michel Chion – this is the best book on film sound theory I have read – it is very thought provoking with a great foreword by Walter Murch.
Soundscape by Larry Sider – this is actually a copy of various lectures given at the School of Sound, a week long course held every two years in London. This book features lectures by Walter Murch, David Lynch, Randy Thom, Michel Chion, Carter Burwell and Mani Kaul amongst others….
Sound-On-Film: Interviews with Creators of Film Sound by Vincent LoBrutto – this book contains some very interesting interviews including Walter Murch, Ben Burtt, Skip Lievesay, Gary Rydstrom, Mark Mangini and many others..
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Film Sound – E. Weiss & J. Belton
– fascinating book with indepth discussion and analysis of film sound design.
The Foley Grail by Vanessa Theme Ament – great insight into the world of the foley artist!
Dialogue editing for Motion Pictures by John Purcell – a very thorough, if a little dry, explanation of dialogue & ADR editing
The Sound Effects Bible by Ric Viers – a handy guide to recording sound effects
The Reel World: Scoring for Pictures by Jeff Rona – I don’t write music/score for film, but on every project I get to collaborate with film composers so I figure the more I know about film scoring the better!
Finally, its not a book but its the best online resource for sound design: filmsound.org
Feel free to comment any other books you’ve come across that are useful… I haven’t included any Game Audio books as I have no experience with that field of work.
BART HOPKIN – Exploring the Science of Sound with Invented Musical Instruments