Two weeks ago I pulled the video for Spoiled Heat from storage, to submit to a festival requesting short films about ‘industrial spaces’ and ‘factory towns’. With the recompressing and pulling of stills etc. I rewatched it several times, passively listening to the audio.
I made Spoiled Heat in 2008, manufacturing the audio using a freeware waveform manipulator to generate tracks that I assembled in SoundtrackPro along with loops & waveforms pulled from the internet, also manipulated in S.Pro.
Tonight, I finished a video that I’m sending to festival-type things, hopefully they’ll pick it to be like wallpaper for a big space that people are walking around in. Decided to make an audio track to support it, since I’m putting it on vimeo for ‘screener & submission’ purposes & video with no audio is just thirsty to me.
Realization, as I was mixing the sound tonight : half the tracks were almost exact duplicate waveform manipulation strategies from the 2008 soundtrack. The pitches matched. The order of pitches matched, though timing was a little different.
I went back in and consciously altered some of the strategies – added a voice, discovered something else, amplified that discovery – but even now after posting it to Soundcloud I’m like, damn, that’s ‘Spoiled Heat‘ smuggled into ‘data painting [swimmy]‘.
The funniest thing – – tonight, in swimmy, I mixed the waveform manipulation tracks with a skidder plugin on them, to give light crackle-and-hiss as if the transmission wasn’t coming in quite exactly. If there’s any metaphor for ‘hey, I’m just writing down what I listened to two weeks ago’ I don’t know what is.
Wish Jane Coopman was here to read this, she taught me how to transcribe sound to written music when I was in conservatory. Its more complicated when you’re mixing 8 tracks in Logic . . . Oh yeah, this time around I was manipulating the pitch shifter using the automation tools in Logic instead of the GUI of a funny little ambient mixer.
Soundtrack’s over here : https://soundcloud.com/drawclose/data-painting-swimmy. Though other makers have given me positive feedback on my audio, I feel clumsy. Its as imprecise as flossing my teeth with a 2×4, to me, compared to what I could/can do with a violin, which is still easy as breathing. So. Walking backward into the future . . .