What are the basics we need to understand as documentary media makers in order to become better sound recordists, editors, and designers? To put it in one sentence, sound is vibrations in air that touch us. I believe the intimacy of touch has something to do with why there’s such a strong connection between our emotions and sound.
In their book, Spaces Speak, Are You Listening?: Experiencing Aural Architecture (MIT Press, 2007) Barry Blesser and Linda-Ruth Salter remind us that we experience spaces not only through visual perception but also through our auditory perception. They explore auditory spatial awareness (experiencing space by attentive listening) from a variety of perspectives: cultural, architectural, physical, sociological, […]
You are cordially invited to attend Provocative.Objects: the extradition, a cybersurreal exhibition + event on Friday, November 12th at MassArt in the Patricia Doran Gallery.
With the rising tide of small cameras shooting spectacular HD video suitable for documentary work, along with D-SLRs like the Canon 5D Mark II and the Canon 7D whose images rival much more expensive (and heavy) cameras, I’ve observed a spectacular rise in gorgeous video, but good sound is not something that seems to go […]
Practically every camcorder records two channels of audio, which allows you to record in stereo (Left/Right) or two discrete channels (1/2). Lately I’ve been using the Sennheiser Evolution G2 wireless a lot and it started to bother me that I was only recording one channel from the wireless reciever into the 3.5mm stereo plug on […]
The Camera Company‘s 19th Annual Pro Video Show, an annual Boston-area gathering that includes a show floor and a variety of demos and seminars of interest to media makers, will take place this year on Friday and Saturday, March 20-21, 2009 at the Dedham Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center (directions). This is a good […]
For many years I’ve been using two pairs of Sony MDR-7506 headphones (one lives in my camera kit and the second lives in my sound kit) and the original plastic ear pads had started to fall apart. These are outstanding headphones for monitoring audio, however, the pads are their achilles heel. You can order replacement […]
Here are some resources associated with my session, “Practical Sound Recording and Editing Techniques For Better Video” recently given at the 4th Annual New Media Expo held in Las Vegas. Presentation Slides Here’s a copy of my presentation slides, available in two flavors. Sound-Better-Video-4NME.pdf A PDF of the presentation slides (34MB). Sound-Better-Video-4NME-Notes.pdf A PDF of […]