SISE: Location Listening Exercise
Task 1 & 2 – Reading the location.
For Task 1 & 2 of this exercise myself and Anthony decided to visit the Arnofini arts centre at Bristol harbour side. The choice for this location was initially spurred on by sound. As we walked past scouting for locations we noticed the sound that was coming from the opening and closing of the electronic doors, we discussed the benefits of recording in an enclosed environment and having more consistent access to sounds so we went in and asked for permission to record which was granted by the centres marketing manager.
Inside, the Arnolfini had a mixture of different sound characteristics. There were some rooms that were large open spaces with hard floors, some small carpeted rooms that offered a different set of acoustics and there was a coffee shop that had a lot of background noise. In the uncarpeted rooms the sound was generally cleaner and there was a lot of spill coming in from other areas. Carpeted rooms were more muted with sounds confined to that space and a softer sensation.
General impressions of the atmospheric sounds were consistent to what I would expect to hear in an arts centre or museum with large open spaces with minimal coverings, the sound of the coffee shop leaking through to the art space reminded me of a train station concourse, maybe a London underground ticket hall while the sounds from the carpeted reading rooms upstairs in the building reminded me of an office with the light buzz of electrics and the overhead air conditioning being more noticeable through the false ceiling.
Task 3 & 4 – Listing and Gathering of Sounds.
Having taken a walk around the building w ban the task of listing and recording of sounds. We wanted to get a mix of atmospheric sounds and close up recordings of particular sounds that we could layer over an atoms track to create a snapshot of the sound generated from the Arnolfini.
List of sounds:
- Sliding Doors
- Entrance Hall
- TV Exhibit (static sound?)
- Footsteps walking around the main exhibit space
- Sound of lift (interior/exterior/announcements)
- Reading room general atmos sounds
- Sound of theatre room with exhibit playing in the background
- Coffee shop
- Old slide projector
We returned to the Arnofini to capture our sounds and labelled them as we went according to the file number so they could be easily referenced later in the edit.
On our way back we also noticed workers sawing wood on the harbour side so we asked if we could record it close up as it may be useful in the future if we wanted to create a database of sounds for use in our projects.