What to do with a few minutes of free time, in a minivan?
Every sound heard in the above video, originated from that old minivan.
I had been interested in creating an instrument from found sounds so, when I gave my situation a few seconds of thought, I brought a portable recorder with me and, during my son’s piano lesson, I recorded the sounds of the van’s automatic rear lift gate and side door opening and closing.
Next, I needed software, free software, to help me transform raw samples in to usable instrument. The workflow I discovered while creating this found-sound-sampled-based instrument:
- Cut samples using Audacity
- Use Audacity’s equalizer effect on a number of copies of the sameple, to create a more “pitched” version of the clip that retains some of the texture of the original recording. In this case, I started with the raw sound of the side door, mid-traverse, on its way from fully open to closed. I drew a curve in the equalizer to effect a kind of band-pass filter around a musically useful pitch.
- Load these samples in the TX16Wx
The role of bass drum, is filled by a clip of the side door settling in the the fully open position. The back beat is actually the latching of the door.
The raw samples are available on freesound.org
I have been working on a brass quintet movement for some time now. Last night, I downloaded Musescore, and used it to create a nicer score and parts than I had made with other means. I even made a video, partly aided by the screen capture facility built in to Musescore.
If you liked the landscape mode manuscript PDF from bigwinky.com, you might also like the one with portrait orientation being made available right now!