Well, here we are. No more news on the redundancy yet but our reps and union are apparently working hard to stop us from getting screwed over… We’ll see!
Anyway, I’m not about to rely on any of this so I’ve started work on my plan to hit the ground running by the end of the year. It will make sure that any plans I am working on or have even been just a basic thought will see the light of day; as I have said before, these plans will at least contribute towards my portfolio and hopefully give me a bit of leverage when bugging/begging companies to let me hang around their offices to learn about their processes/job vacancies. As I mentioned before, sound design is the direction that appeals to me the most right now because of the huge creative scope that can be possible, and for some reason I just like finding/recording sounds….no, I can’t explain it either! There are various types of company that use sound designers but my starting point is going to focus on the computer games industry because the creative possibility there is just huge. Research here is in it’s early days but I’ll let you know how it goes!
OK, the projects that I have given myself to do… As I have said before, they will all focus on sound design to reinforce my main focus. Some are weird, abstract ideas whilst others are more main-stream with varying degrees in-between. Of course, the whole reason I am embarking on this project is because each element of it interests me and excites me to a degree not unlike the build-up to Christmas as a child; well, without all the jumping and shouting anyway… I’m a little more demure these days. But anyway, the general idea is to use sound to influence emotion and image and to gain a portfolio.
The main project of creating this portfolio includes a follow-up to Bedtime Nursery Rhymes, taking into account feedback I’ve received to improve on the original idea; a second follow-up consisting of original ambient music to promote sleep in children; a spin-off of ambient music for children to encourage creative play; short orchestral pieces aimed at conveying emotions/themes common in film; my audio/visual ‘sound art’ project with Lesley Flower; the new look and sound Lunar Rising; an ambient music project using found sound and synth, based around a theme; a continuance of Henry Spencer Project for something a bit more song-oriented and another project based on Bedtime Nursery Rhymes that I wont disclose information on just yet… Quite a lot of work, especially when considering that making the music is actually only a part of what needs to be done!
So, I guess this blog will turn into one of those ‘rise and fall stories’, but hopefully I wont have to fake my death twice like Reginald Perrin (you’ll probably have to be British and over 30… or even 40… to understand that reference!). But actually, if all goes to plan and I don’t become prone to intense idiocy and/or bad luck I’m hoping this will be a ‘rise and rise story’….. Or at least a ‘rise and level out’ story…. Come back next week to see how it starts…. I’m quite interested to see how it begins myself actually!