(Cross-posted from my podcast blog)
There was a show on WFMU’s Give the Drummer station called “Ken’s Last Ever Radio Extravaganza“. The show was a live experiment in audio, as each episode was a sound collage. Episodes of that show were typically two hours, and, when live, people could call in and add their own audio to the mix. It was a neat idea for a show, but it is currently on indefinite hiatus.
So I got to thinking, could I do something like this? Could I make my own sound collages? Shouldn’t be too difficult, right?
I opened Adobe Audition, and started making music loops, by taking sections of songs that would work when repeated. I looped them, and set them as the main backing tracks. I then added audio samples, sound clips, repeated some in short loops. I listened to the results, and balanced the audio, to keep the music in the foreground and the clips subdued. It was an experiment. How would this sound? Would this be listenable?
I kept adding to that first project, and the initial ten-minute grew to 20-minutes then ultimately to an hour. I fine-tuned the clips, adjusting their timing and balance levels. I tried to structure the piece as a narrative, by repeating clips throughout and putting together parts of an entire clip. I exported the file and gave it a listen. There it was, my first sound collage project. I decided to upload to to Radio Free Caemlyn.
So there you have it. There are now two sound collage projects on RFC. I’ll maintain a list of them and future projects on this post.
RFC Sound Collage Projects:
SAFTWR 1: “A Step Out“
SAFTWR 2: “What It Means to Be“
SAFTWR 3: “Letting Go, Moving On“
SAFTWR 4: “The Pressure of Noise“
SAFTWR 5: “The Beginning Ends“
SAFTWR 6: “Unending Madness“
SAFTWR 7: “Down the Rabbit Hole“
SAFTWR 8: “It’s Never Over“
SAFTWR 9: “Chaos Emerging“
SAFTWR 10: “Turbo Signal Boost“
SAFTWR 11: “A Town in My Mind“
SAFTWR 12: “Good night and Farewell“
SAFTWR 13: “Outside“
SAFTWR 14: “Bearing Witness to the Light“
SAFTWR Mini-Episode: “Unfinished Thoughts“
SAFTWR 15: “Escaping Into Dreams“
SAFTWR 16: “Farewell to Hornets“
SAFTWR 17: “In a Hurry to Remember“
SAFTWR 18: “The Popcorn Edition“
SAFTWR 19: “Moments in Time”
SAFTWR 20: “Meditation Among Noise”
SAFTWR 21: “Returning to Goodbyes”
SAFTWR Mini-Episode 2: “Farewell to Trivia”
SAFTWR 22: “Bored of Canada”
SAFTWR 23: “Hearing Voices“
Update: The sound collage project now has a name. The series will be called “Super Awesome Fun Time With Rand”, a title suggested by @Dead_Pixels_ on Twitter.