A short introduction.
In September 2013 I moved in UK after completing a course in Sound Design for Visual Media in Vancouver.
Dundee is a fairly small city close to Edinburgh with a dense community of indie developers and an excellence in scientific research; reason why it appealed both myself and my girlfriend (cancer biology student, science freak and chocolate addict).
During my stay I took part into a 48 hour film contest, which led to a boom op gig. At the same time I joined a very ambitious game dev team, working as sole sound contributor on “Frozen State”, a horror RPG set in Siberia (for more info visit: http://frozenstate.net).
Record whenever, record wherever, record whatever.
Despite the game gig being the unpaid of the bunch, I put all of my efforts into making the title sound as unique as it could.
Even the shortest excursion turned into an excuse for field recording. Every meal would feature as many mics as the number of pans that were used to prepare it.
For three months I recorded every single egg shell I broke, every now and then I would stack them in the freezer so I could gather a bigger crunch on a quiet Sunday morning.
Recording in a acoustically untreated environment can be tricky, but with the right combination of shotgun mics, large diaphragm condensers and portable recorders results can exceed expectations. Given the amount of recorded material I decided to release a few small libraries:
- https://vimeo.com/76209855 The Borax Experiment: Gore and Slime.
- https://vimeo.com/75018307 Kicks and Punches (freebie!)
- https://vimeo.com/77514699 Crunch Mode.
When ideas on what to record started to be fewer and fewer I decided to contact the city’s recycling centre, looking for some inspiration.
A few weeks after contacting Peter Ananin (Co Founder at Dundee’s Skill Share) I was granted access to all of the centre’s equipment and material. For an entire day I was allowed to wander around the area with my mic and a hammer.
I wish I could have documented the recording session better as all I have are four pics I took with my phone, but as just mentioned I had a microphone in one hand, a hammer in the other and no intention to drop any of the two until done with the recordings.
It’s very easy to get lost with all of this material to record, but fortunately I was invited not to break a selection of things, which sped things up a bit.
A giant metal container filled with broken microwaves and all sorts of lamps became my best friend in late evening.
Our friendship did not suffer from the occasional heavy hammer hit, and when I thought nothing was left to record a last sweet sound was waiting for me to be captured.
The massive container’s door which seemed to be locked in place was instead free to move, only incredibly heavy.
I started slamming it against the container over and over until I realized I wouldn’t have been able to reproduce something I had yet to record.
The session took a long time to edit but today I finally managed to bounce the 200th and last file.
Files were recorded with:
– Fostex FR2 recorder
– Rode NTG3 shotgun mic
– Tascam DR-05 portable recorder
Files specs: 96 KHz (mono / stereo)
Library Preview Link
Library Download Link:
Is this free? WHY?!?
Yes, the library is free and its sounds come to you with no strings attached.
The reason why this library is released for free takes us back to the title of the post itself. To “recycle” is to make better use of something considered broken or as good as trash by many.
Dundee’s skill share centre does exactly that by creating lots of valuable goods such as solar panels out of scrap material.
The centre’s community is great and even though I was part of it for only a day I can say the experience left a mark.
If you enjoyed the library, feel free to get in touch with the centre to make a small offer, so that its members can keep doing the good they do 🙂
Last but not least, if you’re a sound designer, look around, the city you live in probably has thousands of sounds waiting for you to capture, and the best thing about it is that they’re free!