Cinema Nightlife: Sound Portrait l Part 2

 

The smell of buttery popcorn, the icy taste of a large coke and a creamy choc top from the freezer.

 

A cinema is a wonderful place for the senses. There are so many sights and smells at the movies, and each of these is usually associated with a range of distinctive sounds. This week I continued to develop my sound portrait from the week before, using a collection of sounds which I recorded while at my local cinema – ‘The Roxy Cinema Complex’ – in Nowra.

 

Going to the movies is a very visual experience and over the last couple of weeks I have enjoyed exploring the best way to transfer this experience into audio.

 

I began my sound portrait outside the cinema, recording the sounds of getting out of your car and the traffic as you cross the street. 11844056_10207464710965771_1758630664_nInside I then recorded some distinctive sounds like pouring a drink, the popcorn machine and the conversations at the counter. These sounds help to locate my portrait’s setting and create an affiliation with place.

 

The next step for my sound portrait is to incorporate more audio in a way so that I can show a connection between the cinema and a person – maybe a staff member or a regular customer. I feel like now the challange will be integrating a person and their connection to the cinema in while cutting the audio down to meet the time limit.

lHannah Laxton

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