Wednesday, 27 August 2008

The DJ saved my life

This week, I've not had alot of opportunity to be out recording sound effects. But instead I've been getting my head around new pieces of audio software. I've actually spent quite alot of time playing around with Ableton Live 7 (get a demo by clicking here). Its quite an fun and easy piece of software to use, and its quite different to what I have used in the past.

Anyway, I got my first little project completed last night. It was simple a remix of 'On the Ragga Tip' by SL2 cut with a few random samples and the famous Amen Breakbeat taken from 'Amen, Brother' by the Winstons (starts at about 1:44).

Stepping aside from my future as a star DJ touring the world (believe me, you dont wanna hear the remix), the 'Amen, Brother' breakbeat has quite an interesting history behind it. It started life as a B-Side to a single, and is now hailed by many as 'the beginning' of such genres as Hip-Hop, Jungle and Drum and Bass.

Nate Harrison made a nice video all about this beat. Its nearly 18minutes and gives an interesting insight into its History. Watch the video by clicking here.

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Spring erm... Summer Cleaning

I don't think anyone can emphasis enough how important it is to keep your set up clean and tidy. So, I've been having a bit of a clean up on the old computer system. I went for a full on format and reinstallated the operating system. I then put my full sound library back and a few old projects on the new formatted hard drives.

The purpose? Well, to get my system running abit faster and smoother is the obvious answer. The fact that I hadnt done a full format in about a year was another reason. But, is also a opportunity to backup my work. Don't get me wrong, I back up everything I do religiously as and when I do it. But I, like many others, have been in the situation where our back ups hard drives/dvds/whatever have decided to break or stop working... at the wrong time. So as a general rule, I like to try and keep everything backed up twice now. Although the first back up is the priority, I like to make sure I have 2 working copies of my work whenever I update or reinstall my system.

Though, I guess you all know this already. So I'll leave you for now with a little sound I discovered whilst going through these backups... one that I had left uncatalogued *gasp*.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Sellotape.


Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Bang Bang.

Heya guys.

I may have spoken to some people (in RL) about this before. A few weeks ago I was chatting to a friend of mine, telling them about the recording I do and projects I've been working on.

He turned around to me and said, "Hey, you know I have a gun license and a collection of about 8 or 9 guns. We should go out shooting one day and record the sounds of them".

"$.$ Lets get straight on it" I said. So since that day, we've been busying trying to arrange equipment and a location. We're currently just waiting on a date that we can do it, so I can book all the equipment that we'll be using.

Ofcourse, I will let you all know how the recording goes. But in the meantime, here is an interesting article I stumbled across whilst researching the project.

Clicky Here

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

"Goddamn Builders Making Noise at This Time of the Morning"

We've all been woken up in the morning by the sound of Construction work. I can remember one time when we were woken up at 6 o'clock in the morning by a group of men putting up scaffolding, they were singing and shouting and quite rightfully didnt consider anyone who might have been trying to sleep in flats which they were working on. After all, they have to be up at that time of the morning, why shouldn't we?. I also remember when I lived in Leicester, just off the Narb, they were working on a junction through the middle of the night, this was painfully noisey, and I didnt get alot of sleep over those weeks.

This morning was another one of those days. I moved out to the middle of nowhere for the peace and quiet of the town centers so that I can get good recording from any point in my non-accoustically treated house with no major background noise ruining the recording. But yet they still found a way to strike.

It seems that a nearby household has decided to have their driveway resurfaced. Which meant at 7 o'clock this morning out came the drills and the electric saws to tear up the old surface. But something tweaked and stopped me going out and yelling "Do you know what time this is!". Instead, I decided to get out the recording gear and see what samples I can get. The builders didnt seem to mind too much that I was poking a microphone at them. They did however give me a few dodgey looks, one even shouted "Action".

I managed to capture a few good perspectives, from inside my house to being right up close to the machinery. Here's a sample of taken from one of the first recording I made, you can hear the drill and a bit of engine noise, with a bit of chatter.


Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Just Stumbled across this video by www.soundeffectsbible.com. They go out and record themselves smashing up a car. Its good fun to watch :)



If you like the video, make sure you visit their Youtube page at http://www.youtube.com/SFXBible

Monday, 4 August 2008

Hey All,

Welcome to the Audious Sound Blog. My name is Owen. I shall be spamming you with features on recording projects that I undertake, random sound samples and links to related articles that I find interesting.

So to start things off, here is a sound sample of a Toilet Flushing.