I'm not sure if I've been homesick lately, or if this isolation has been making me a bit strange in the head, but I've definitely been spending more time thinking about Aotearoa (New Zealand) in the past weeks. Luckily, the BBC Sound Archive is here to help! It's a wonderful website full of archival sound from around the globe, beautifully categorized with all kinds of tags, from 'Milk Floats' to 'Auctions' to 'Washing Up', and they even have a 'New Zealand' category!
Download all the BBC's sounds from their 'New Zealand' category here. If you're curious to check out the other 16,000 sounds the BBC has in their archive, have a browse here!
You can use any other sounds or synths that you like, this week's challenge is pretty freeform! Just enjoy and have your way with these sounds from the other side of the globe.
Here's what we made!
For more ideas on how to use found sounds, check out these tutorials below!
Here's how we run our remote challenges:
BETWEEN 20:30 and 21:00 CET email your finished track to eclatcrewberlin [at] gmail [dot] com. Make sure you put your producer name in the title!
All the tracks will be uploaded to our soundcloud straight away, on a playlist called 'Éclat: Part 45'.
When you email your track to me, you'll get an email back with the Zoom Meeting number to join us on a Zoom chat! From 21:00 until about 22:00, we'll have a hangout, introduce ourselves to each other, listen to the tracks and share feedback. (I'm not going to post the Zoom Number publicly, as I want this hang to be just for folks who made tracks for the challenge, just like it would be IRL.)
For the sake of sound quality, we'll listen to the tracks on our own private computers and then chat after we've all had a chance to listen. For that reason, I suggest you make sure you have headphones so we don't have audio-crossover problems with your computer mics. Also, try installing an ad blocker on your browser so you don't have to listen to annoying Soundcloud ads between tracks.
If you need help using Zoom, check out these tips on getting started.
Please try to have your tracks to me as far before 21:00 as you can! That will save me from having to multitask and upload and chat all at the same time.