SD video w/ Dolby Digital 5.1 audio - 2015
 
        
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Sound Design

After trawling through classical music sections in various music and video stores and online shops, it became apparent that sourcing footage of classical string quartets would be a difficult research assignment. Most available DVD performances were of opera singers and symphony orchestras. The search thus shifted to online semi-pro and amateur performances on YouTube and Vimeo. (Thanks to Carla Ori who perservered with some of this research.) Out of a bevy of uploaded performances were considered, a set of criteria were formed for the video selection: fixed camera (no panning or zooming); single-shot (no multi-camera editing); and as front-on and evenly-framed as possible. From the final 6 videos selected, sections of around 2.5 minutes were chosen. Some start at the beginning of a performance then fade-out; others fade-up and finish complete with the performers exiting; some fade-up and fade-down; and one contains the performers tuning up at the start.

A finished compilation of the 6 performances was produced. Close-analysis of their performance then dictated the means for producing distinct Foley recordings of the performers in the visible spaces.

Part 3 a
Small room - carpeted floor - plaster-board walls.

Performer Gender Clothes Shoes  Breathing
Violin 1 male suit leather soles - tapping mostly nasal
Violin 2 male suit leather soles - shuffles nasal whistle
Viola male suit leather soles - shuffles occasional lip clicks
Cello male suit - sudden elbow moves leather soles - shuffles halted short breaths

Part 3 b
Medium room - parquet floor - flat-walled surfaces w/ acoustic covers.

Performer Gender Clothes Shoes  Breathing
Violin 1 male shirt/pants leather soles - shifting/stomping excited short breaths
Violin 2 female top/skirt leather soles - shifting/stomping mostly closed mouth
Cello female evening gown - sudden elbow moves leather soles - shifting occasional nasal bursts
Viola male shirt/pants leather soles - shifting deep breathing

Part 3 c
Small room - carpeted staging - temporary light curtains.

Performer Gender Clothes Shoes  Breathing
Violin 1 female top/long skirt - deep nasal breathing w/ short inhales
Cello male suit - sudden elbow moves leather soles - creaking deep nasal breathing w/high whistle
Viola male suit - phlegmatic breathing
Violin 2 female top/skirt leather soles - tapping light inhaling & stomach gurgles

Part 3 d
Large hall - wooden floor - large faux-achetraves and plaster walls.

Performer Gender Clothes Shoes  Breathing
Violin 1 male shirt/pants leather soles - frantic tapping fast bursts inhaling/exhaling & tight-lipped pursing
Violin 2 male shirt/pants leather soles - frantic tapping nasal and labial hissing
Viola male shirt/pants leather soles - creaking light breathing w/ occasional high-pitched grunt
Cello male shirt/pants - sudden elbow moves leather soles - creaking light breathing w/sudden sharp nasal inhales

Part 3 e
Large hall - wooden floor - high wooden walls.

Performer Gender Clothes Shoes  Breathing
Violin 1 female sequined gown leather soles - tapping agitated breaths
Violin 2 female sequined gown leather soles - shuffles slow breaths
Viola female sequined gown leather soles - tapping inhaling & sniffling
Cello female sequined gown - sudden elbow moves - slow breathing w/ high-pitched whine

Part 3 f
Medium room - flat-panelled flooring - theatre flats & curtains.

Performer Gender Clothes Shoes  Breathing
Violin 1 male shirt/pants leather soles - tapping short stunted inhaling
Violin 2 male shirt/pants leather soles - shifting slight asthmatic breathing
Viola male shirt/pants leather soles - creaking slow labial releases
Cello male shirt/pants leather soles - creaking & tapping whistling nasal tone



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