Editing Audio Tracks

For the exhibition, I wanted to include audio aspects so that the viewer can listen to Jinx’s voice. I had already decided that the online and offline presence to the project would be marginally different based on my research into the dissemination of archives. Therefore I wanted to make the physical archive much more exclusive. With this in mind, I have decided to have two MP3 players which will play Jinx reading the letter George sent her following his experience with the Nuba tribe and also George’s diary entry from the same event.

When Ollie Sharpe, former Coventry University student, and production manager at Duck Rabbit was speaking to us about making photofilms, he reminded me about the advice Matt Ford gave when I did Phonar. Both said that to build atmosphere with sound it is important to have different sounds: ambient, detail and/or music. With this in mind, I decided that with the main audio being Jinx’s voice I needed to layer it up with sounds of the room (ambient sounds). I recorded the sound of the room, the ticking clock and the birds heard from outside. Although you can’t really hear these sounds in the pieces, if there are any pauses then it is filled with what sounds like natural sounds.

I edited this layering with Final Cut Pro and exported only the audio track as a .wav.

I have also used this technique with my online videos which can be found here

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