Ever notice how sounds can relax you? Take you back to a place..? A good one?
I suppose they can take you back to a bad one too but that’s not what this is about.
I collect sounds for the movies we make here at John Schneider Studios. All kinds of sounds. Birds… Frogs… water… wind… stuff.
I do that because I know that just the right sound in just the right place over just the right picture can make an audience feel something… go somewhere.
That’s important to me. Create a three dimensional world… populate it… start an amazing story… invite the audience into it for awhile.
I sit on my back porch after I workout every morning and before I go in to write every evening. I sit there… I close my eyes… I listen.
I do this for about half an hour total (15 and 15) and it is my favorite part of the day.
Listening. Trying to separate one sound from another. To isolate.
It’s a wonderful way to get ready for the day’s work and to recover from the day’s work. Two for one.
If you haven’t stopped what you are doing to listen to the world you live in I highly recommend it. There’s peace and comfort in it regardless of where you live.
Even the cars and trucks going by on the highway or interstate have a sound… a place… in you.
Give it a shot for a few days and let me know what comes to be your favorite sound. The one that makes you sigh… sit a little deeper… think a little less.
For me it’s… don’t laugh…