Alright, how many other opportunities do you have to strap a several grand rig to your chest, kick off your shoes, and dive beneath a helicopter to try your luck getting a pristine recording?? Well, that was the scene yesterday as a team of 20+ audio addicts hit the field as West Plains’ Air Evac team graciously volunteered a helicopter and pilot to conduct a few landings and flybys for our rather peculiar artistic motivations.
Even better, we got to dust the leaves off, dump our equipment, and send the results to legendary Sound Designer Randy Thom, to see what he had to say (especially since one of the best-sounding recordings was with a $50 Belkin mic and an iPod).? And every word he said was precious gold.
Meanwhile, I joined the live sound effects team which so far involved a trip to raid the local theater’s sound effects closet, more trips to get the odds and ends which we still needed (10 power strips and perfume-free, super-fine kitty litter being hard items to find this late in the afternoon), and my grating my knuckles apart while aggressively gutting a coconut.? Now it’s time for rehearsal, rehearsal, rehearsal as we take this big pile of random junk and make beautiful sounds from it.
And hey, we got to play with the telephone used in Sorry, Wrong Number!