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Disquiet Junto Project 0016: Back/Foreground
Plan: This week's effort is the 16th weekly Junto, and it is a shared-sample project. The theme is "background and foreground." There are two provided samples, one of sandpaper and the other of dice. Please make one track employing both samples. You can transform them in any way you wish. You can add other elements if you choose to. However, one of the two samples should provide the predominant background sound, and the other should provide the predominant foreground sound. Which does which is up to you. You'll find the samples here:
In this case the results of a random technical approach led to the concept of the piece.
Delays and reverb were added to the sandpaper sample, which was repeated, panned and bounced to a single file. The resulting file was then time stretched. Interested in the result, the process was repeated. The resulting file reminded me of bombs going off in the distance, albeit weird digital zapping bombs...
Having never lived a war (thankfully), I began to wonder what it must be like to be in a shelter for hours, listening to your town being bombed incessantly. How is it for families with kids? How do they shelter their kids from the horrors outside? Is it possible to completely get past the fact that you're in a shelter that could be hit at any moment?
I harbour a guess that they may play games, play music, anything to escape or get their minds off the grim reality they're experiencing. So, I searched for a couple of samples on freesounds.org that could help me recreate this:
The first sample is by Acclivity: http://www.freesound.org/people/acclivity/sounds/49133/ ;
This is the recording of a Chinese family waiting for their flight at Dubai Airport. Though I'm sure shelters in the past didn't have a PA system going off in the background, I wouldn't be surprised if the future brings us fully equipped shelters where we can continue our consumer life in the depths of war...The fact that this was a Chinese family conditioned the second sample I looked for.
The second sample is by Dobroide: http://www.freesound.org/people/dobroide/sounds/71866/ ;
This is a recording of a Chinese street musician, though it is recorded in the streets of Seville (Spain).
In a turn of events, the background is brought to the foreground at the end. I would've liked for the the sandpaper sound to be much more present in the mix at the end and for it to be less "zappy" and more "bomby", if you know what I mean.
More info on the Disquiet Junto: Disquiet Junto;
Accompanying image downloaded from: http://asianhistory.about.com/od/modernchina/ss/Chinas-Boxer-Rebellion-in-Photos_12.htm ;