Week 4 Summary

Another interesting week.

I played around a bunch with Taxi Driver for my assignments this week. That was a ton of fun. I love that I was able to act out the famous “You talkin’ to me?” speech for the line remix assignment, of course substituting “me” for “him.” I also used the film’s theme music as the basis for my radio bumper, something I knew about but didn’t realize had a name. I’m not a huge fan of my speaking voice, so it was a little eerie hearing myself talk, especially with the dark shtick I was going for. It’s still fun to listen to. I love Hermann’s score in that film; really an underrated aspect. But enough about Taxi Driver.

I really enjoyed both the sound effects assignment and the solo vocal trio. The latter I’ve played around with a bit in the past, but I’ve never attempted to tell a story solely with sound effects. It was a bit of an eye-opening experience realizing how important silence and pacing is in creating mood and atmosphere. I want to continue to play with that idea and incorporate more deliberate pacing in my music and storytelling, which I think has a tendency to fly off of the rails.

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