View from The Mountain Top

By JM • Elective, Sountopia • 18 Apr 2013

This post is going to be interesting. Its for a new course I am taking called Soundtopia and the first project we had to complete for this class was to create a soundscape using our voice and by collecting sound that we can produce and this soundscape had to tell a memory of ours that was either Utopic (good) or Dystopic (bad). The purpose of this piece is to tell a story we hold close to us through sounds we make with our voice and with sounds we make with objects we find. I am proud that I learned how to create a soundscape by only using my mouth for the most part. I learned how to use Audacity to its fullest ability. I hope that you enjoy my sounds and in order to understand it better, you can check out my artist statement below it. 😀

 

A View From The Mountain

This is the 1st action project for the Soundtopia course. In this project, we were given the opportunity to depict a story of either something happy or sad in our life but we are to tell this story through using the different timbres of our voice and by collecting other sounds we find. Before we get into the explanation of the project, I would like to say that through this project, I have learned how to use Audacity to its fullest capability. I have learned how to put different sounds into loops that allowed my project to envoke images to its fullest advantage. I also learned that stories can not only be told through drawings, writing, and stories with words being said. I learned that stories can be told by expressing yourself in your own way.

The beginning of my story is that an airplane I am flying in is landing in Turin, Italy. I wake up and walk out of the airport. Me and my crew of musicians open the doors of a car that is waiting for us and we get in and shut the door.The way that I described this part of our journey was by creating the sound of the plane flying. I then made a yawn and with the timbre of airiness and roundness in my voice, I invoke the feeling you have of when you wake up from a nap. I then placed the sound of someone walking. I then captured and placed the sound of someone opening and closing a door to show that I entered a vehicle of somesort.

The next part of my story is that I am riding in this car and as we turn the corner on a road that is on a mountain and by doing so, I get to see the beauty of the city of Turin. It gleems with radiance and brilliance and life, even from such a far distance. When I created the part of the sound track to depict this scene, I had a genious idea. I decided do use my voice to make a profound, thought invoking, and loud timbre that would make you want to know what exactly is it that is found. Then at the peak of a climb with those timbres, you here them at the very tallest they can be. You feel the presence of something great and that is what I wanted to invoke with those timbres.

In the story, I begin to sing a song that I make lyrics to describe the city’s beauty perfectly. This part of the story is represented by the timbres of profound, flowing, bodied, and smooth sound of my voice singing the part of the song I am thinking of.

The final part of the story is that as we get closer to the city, I realize this view will not always be available so I take a picture before its gone. Then I take a sigh and as the car comes to a holt, the doors open again and they shut again as me and my musician friends make our way to our first international music experience. The way that I depict this moment through sound is by the song I am singing slowly fades out, you here a rustling and then the sound of a camera shutter opening and closing. Then you hear an airy and bodied sigh come from me as you hear the sound of the car on a highway fade out and the doors open and close again. Then you hear the walking again as it fades away.

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