A vibrant trance that pushes the spectator into a rough wall of sound
Blur Films + Marc Corominas + Sra Rushmore
This story needed a soundtrack and music that would accentuate the additive and sustained character of the visual piece, but without any fancy tricks or musical pirouettes. We needed a simple and delicate sound design that emanated an attitude of determination, pertinence, and effort before a specific objective.
Initially we created a very blunt Foley track, which fit with the wide shots and immense spaces at the beginning of the piece. However, the sounds – steps, breathing – had to be closer, more textured and organic. For the music, we composed a classical and minimalist melody that conveyed resolve and power. We use a cyclical arpeggio, adding a note to the one before it. This closed in on a vibrant trance that pushes the spectator into a rough wall of sound. We also wanted the music to emerge from the Foley; from the sound that they generated, from their push, until they reached a point of tension where the music dropped off and abruptly stopped playing. The string and organ chords give the piece a ritual, sacred, and transcendent feeling.
To strengthen the ascending sense of the piece we drew inspiration from the psychoacoustic effects of the Shepard tone. The Shepard tone is an auditory illusion of a sound that continually seems to ascend or descend.
We put special dedication in the most aerobic aspect of the piece: human breathing, to convey effort, tenacity, and the human quality of the images.
To get the desired combination of hardness and cleansing, we came to try three different pianos: a grand piano in a large space, a baby grand in a smaller space, and an upright — a Schimmel — in a domestic space, which was recorded with eight microphones.
Production company | Garlic Films
Direction | Marc Corominas
Agency | Sra Rushmore