This assignment was extremely exciting to me at first glance. Honestly, I’m glad that it was assigned because I probably would have picked it anyways. When addressing this prompt, the first thing I thought about was setting. Where was this going to take place? Would it be in a diner, at the park, in a quiet room at night? Then, I figured that since this would be my first attempt at something like this, I should keep it pretty basic and have it represent one single person’s interactions, aside from background noise. I started by placing in an office ambience background noise with chatter, phones ringing, and other small noises that fill up space. Then, I found a crisp typing noise to establish an activity for the character to be initially doing. I wanted to display frustration in some way, so I figured the most fitting source of frustration in the office, early in the morning, is spilling your coffee or water. I found a fantastic spill noise, but thought that it could get even more frustrating than that. With the addition of a glass breaking noise, the scene is set for a great deal of anger. But how do we express that? Initially, I’ll admit, I fit in a clip of a woman mumbling, “dammit,” after it happens, but I realized that this assignment is strictly nonverbal. I went back in and removed that sound and tried to think of the perfect thing to replace it. That’s when it came to me: smashing the keyboard! It was quite easy to find a recording of someone smashing their keyboard, so I plugged that straight in and we had our little story. The story of the spill.
All of the sounds flow so nicely together! And the keyboard sound is indeed crisp, it was satisfying to listen to.
hahahahaha I love it!