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28th September 2020

Hello. I’m Danny. I’m a Sound Artist. Thanks to Paul Jardine‘s SEO wizardry you’ve managed to stumble across my very first blog.

With this being the first post of my first blog, I suppose I should start at the beginning and ease you in by telling you about what I do as a Sound Artist.

WHAT I MAKE ▾

▴ This is a little animation of me created by Katharine Agg of Gradino. I’ve accompanied the cartoon with a soundscape of original foley, field recordings, sound effects & music all composed and performed by me.

FOLEY ART

“What even is Foley?!”, I hear you cry. Foley is the performance and production of custom-made sound effects recorded in synchrony with visuals. Using a variety of physical props, an artist could be creating anything from squeaky door hinges and sword shwings to swishing clothing, dog paws and horse hooves.

▴ For the animation above I recorded:

  • Footsteps on Gravel.
  • Clothing Movements – layering a denim jacket with a cotton t-shirt and zipped carry bag.
  • Bird Wings & Whistling – using a handful of feather dusters and a bamboo warbling bird whistle.
  • Keyboard Typing.

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SOUND EFFECTS

Even though all foley are sound effects, not all sound effects are foley. Sound effects are typically non-human sounds that don’t need to be performed in sync with the visuals.

Some typical examples of sound effects are:

  • Alarm Clocks.
  • Door Slams.
  • Mobile Alerts.

▴ The sound effects recorded for the animation above are a series of computer keyboard scrolls recorded to underscore the text fade in.

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FIELD RECORDING

When I’m brave enough to leave the studio, you may spot me battling the elements to record sounds.

Sound Artist dbjones pretending to record a plastic zebra.

A Sound Artist out in the field.

While you can occasionally find me in the middle of a field trying to capture the perfect take of a lamb chewing grass. The term Field Recording isn’t used exclusively for sounds recorded in fields. The term can just be used to describe sound recordings recorded outside of a studio.

Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Freshrb on number of projects, recordings ambiences and dialogue for their Silent Elephant Project Short Films and Workshops.

▴ For the animation above, I recorded several ambiences from my local canal and parks. I then layered the recordings together to create one unique ambient bed that sits underneath the foley and sound effects.

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MUSIC

Before I fell feet first into the world of foley and sound effect recording, I was a musician. Principally a percussionist, I studied a BA (Hons) in Music Production at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). While studying at University, I developed skills and techniques in music composition, music production, sound design and video production. And in my third year, (with a lot of help from my dad) I even built my own tuned lithophones using slate.

▴ For the animation above, I composed a short piece of ambient music using a combination of electric guitars, bass guitar and una corda.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read my first blog. If you would like to reach out, you can find me on Instagram, email me at danny@dbjones.co.uk or via the contact form. I look forward to sharing more blogs with you soon.

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