Serendipitous Spooky Sounds

We've been trying to record eerie things for a piece about a terrible storm that took place on the Great Lakes in 1913. This entailed taking a trip to the shop across from the School of Music and grabbing a bunch of props that made interesting sounds.

Then we set up a stereo pair of AKG C414's in the middle of the room. We used what is called a binaural setup, which uses two mics to simulate how human ears hear. This recording session was wonderfully unorthodox, as it involved Michael and me sneaking around the studio, rattling chains, throwing silverware, ringing bells, strumming piano strings, and such. After that, we took the Zoom portable recorder around the School of Music, searching for other sounds that might evoke imagery of a ship lost on a giant lake after a fearsome storm. We recorded the stomping of boots on a wooden stage, the flapping of curtains, and the creaking of a bathroom door, among other things. We also tried to record some water sounds in the kitchen in hopes of simulating ocean sounds. Whelp. That didn't work at all. However, if anybody is looking for a recording that sounds like a casual day at the pool, we've got you covered. 

Then we recorded a bit for Michael's album using a process called re-amping, which basically involved taking an acoustic guitar track, sending it through an old cassette player, and recording the new signal. It added some grit and warmth to the acoustic guitar that we're really excited about.

In short, this is really fun.


Popular Posts