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In June, I decided to run a crowdsource within the field recording slack. Being a huge creature person and part of it had already been recorded, I decided to run part 2 of creatures. It was way cooler of an experience than I anticipated - even after running doors back in 2021. At first, I thought that it would be pretty explanatory, then a few days into the crowdsource I realized the daunting question, what makes good creature source material?


Since every creature for every project is different, there is an endless amount of ways that a creature can be created. After listening to early submissions and beginning my own recordings, it was soon realized that there are certain qualities of a sound that make it sound like a creature.


- The throat

- The mouth movement

- the breath


For sounds of the throat of a creature, it could be any type of sound that had a longer sustain, anything that had a screech, or squeak. It was also learned that applying a resonant moving filter to the midrange of just about ANY sound, gave it a throaty quality that made it sound like it was coming from a creature.


The mouth movements of a creature are a crucial part in making it sound believable, the throat on its own often isn't enough to make someone believe the creature is alive, but hearing the mouth open, close, gurgle, click, before and after the main throaty element, giving it the extra spice that allowed for it to be believable. These elements could be any type of short squeak (a common theme), gurgles, bubbles, bowing of various objects, processing with tremolo, slowed-down recordings, etc. Having a quick burst of the mouth opening and then a longer more dramatic guttural sound is an excellent way to turn any throaty element into a creature.


The final element is the breath, truthfully this is more of a sweetener and how it works is very dependent on the project, but creatures need to exist in space, right? How do they react to the environment, breathe, Gills moving, the low rumbling of the chest, absorbing sounds through a crazy black hole? Just about anything goes for this but it's one of those extra things that help bring the creature to life.


All in all, this crowdsource was an awesome experience and the types of sounds the community came up with is breathtaking. I am incredibly proud of how this one came out and I also wanted to give a huge shoutout to the other hosts: Daniel Meuser and Robbie Elias.


Date:

08/20/2022


Time of day:

Afternoon


Subject:

Ocean waves hitting rocks


Location:

Peniche, Portugal



Notes: Back in August, I had the pleasure of taking a trip to Portugal. For 3 days, I stayed in peniche, the surfing capital. When I arrived it quickly became apparent why it was, some of these waves were insanely massive - reaching 10ft sometimes! To make things better, there was a cliff that overlooked an alcove full of rocks and I knew there was a good spot to record these monstrous waves.


Because I was in a more public setting with many tourists and to keep portable, I couldn't bring a whole mic rig with me, but my trusty Tascam dr40x (surprisingly) handled the wind quite well and captured exactly what I was aiming for.


Date:

08/08/2022


Time of day:

Afternoon


Subject:

Forest With Near Beach


Location:

Algonquin Park



Notes: Recently I had taking a camping trip to Cannisby lake at Algonquin Park. Immediately upon arrival, I noticed how quiet it was there and how still but alive the environment sounded. On my final day of the trip, I had decided to capture what the experience was like, originally it was planned to be recorded from a canoe in the middle of the lake but sound carries across the water much better than I had anticipated. Nearby, there was a small public beach where kids would often go and play and from inside the forest, it added a very eerie element of horror to the natural stillness of the forest.


About 2km from the shoreline and nearby a chipmunk den, I had placed my UŚi Pro's about 1ft off the ground in a spaced A/B configuration and hit recording. From the sound of the distant children screams to the nearby chipmunk calls, this recording turned into a very eerie ambience that would be an excellent element to add to the next post-apocalyptic project I work on.


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