Working on the recorded piece has lead me to look into other areas of historical exploration. I have decided that instead of looking into an historical overview of the 20th century, I will look into one of the major events that had a major affect on all countries involved and that lead on to plenty of technological advances . I have chosen to look into and research around WW2 to create a piece that replicates and explores the emotion, the advances in technology and the atmosphere around the war time. This includes the advances in radio technology, the advances of war technology, the atmosphere and regular sounds that would be associated to the war.
One section of old footage that had an influence on what I wanted to do was a documentary based around the events during early 1940. This footage shows what was occuring in the streets of belguim, the effects of what was happening back at home as well as showing the start of Blitzkrieg. This was an influence as it showed mainly what was happening while the troups were fighting in belgium, showing the use of tanks, morter fire and lots of gun fighting. (British Pathe, n.d)
My influences I wish to follow would be the theme of the war, and also the creative way that the band ‘public service broadcasting’ expolre the historical events.
Following the theme of war, I will be using sounds to replicate gun shots, tanks, and airplanes to create the harsh side of the war, I will also use sounds to replicate what was happening back in the homeland. This will include the sounds of gardening, the sounds of the evacuation, and the sound of an air raid.
Using the influence of public service broadcasting I will be intergrating the sounds into a composed piece of music. The music will be the component of the composition that will explore the emotions felt through the war both in the battle and in the home land.
The piece of work that I have taken most inspiration for the piece of work is “Everest”. The track is based around the exploration of mount everest, and it tracks the explorers journey up the mountain. This is something I would like to achieve with my project, the ability to follow a jouney through history.
“PSB’s uniquely spell-binding live AV transmissions see them weave samples from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material around live drums, guitar, banjo and electronics as they teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future – beaming our past back at us through vintage tv sets and state of the art modern video projection devices.” (Public Service Broadcasting, 2018)
In an interview discussing their new single and the opportunity to play at the wickerman festival, PSB were discussing the creation of one of their war based pieces. They had created a piece that revolved around the spitfire airplane, and in an interview it was said that they got stuck after listening to it too much.
““I had listened to Spitfire so much that I kind of hit a bit of a wall with it. I had worked so much on the chorus, the verse, the underlying guitar, but no melody was coming to me and it was doing my head in.
“Then one day that guitar riff came to me and it kind of all came together from there. You get so close to songs sometimes that you lose all perscpective of things and you know, I would listen to it and think – that song is alright. And then other times I would think it sounded a bit boring. The Mrs said it was good, she said it sounded like a hit! She is quite honest with me, she quite liked it so that helps.”” (Walker, 2013)
For my porject, I have decided that instead of using clips and pre made sound based around the war, my track will soley be based around the sound design elements and not so much of the compositional element. The track will also differ in the the way aproached, PSB look into revolutionary moments in history and explore those musically, where as my track will be based around expolring the moments in history and recreating those moments through sound.
British Pathe. (n.d). Time To Remember – Run Rabbit Run 1940. Available: https://www.britishpathe.com/video/time-to-remember-run-rabbit-run-1940-reel-2. Last accessed 22nd May 2018.
Public Service Broadcasting. (2018). Biography. Available: https://www.publicservicebroadcasting.net/#bio. Last accessed 22nd May 2018.
PSBHQ (2012, September 2) PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING – Everest [Video File]. Retrived From https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhgfzEm3CWU
Walker, N. (2013). PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING CHAT ABOUT THEIR SAMPLING METHODS. Available: http://www.tenementtv.com/interviews/public-service-broadcasting/. Last accessed 22nd May 2018.