Original Music Project by Finn Kelvin published on 2013/04/28 18:08:41 +0000 For my original music project I decided to create a composition using materials that I recorded myself. A lot of the focus of this piece was using field recordings and audio generated from the natural environment. As well as recording and capturing natural ambience and events I also recorded guitars and pianos played in various rooms and spaces to obtain different timbres and reverberations. Although creating an effective composition was a goal during this project my focus was on getting out into the field and using microphones and recording techniques to acquire a range good quality material. This meant researching into other artists in the genre and learning microphone techniques/choices as well as general knowledge such as location, timing and other equipment for example recorders and wind management. I travelled to Brighton beach to record the waves on the shore to do so I used the Rodes NT4 stereo microphone, I chose this microphone because- as well as being highly regarded in the industry and widely renowned for field-recording- it would achieve a stereo image of my recording and give my material more dimensions. Along side the NT4 I used another Rode microphone the NTG-2 shotgun mic, using the NTG-2 I was able to get closer more direct recordings. This gave me options to blend the two recordings together postproduction in logic. In contrast with the natural sounding waves I recorded traffic noises using the same equipment. I recorded instruments to accompany the field recordings using an AKG C414 to record guitars in a cellar. I used the omnidirectional pick up pattern on this microphone in order to capture the room sound as well as the guitar. Once in my DAR the aim was to get these different recordings to work together and create a coherent composition.