On the third day of the shoot I managed to capture a walk that was satisfactory to me! – in terms of the weather, sunlight, crowd and vehicular composition. I wanted to capture the cars in and around the market to create this sort of contrast look with the sound one hears and the visuals that are seen – kind of impactful I think.
While editing the video I noticed that the colors were slightly unbalanced – a slight change in the appearance of the colours, psychologically makes one think about an olden time, like for instance when we look at a photograph in greyscale.
The track of the soundwalk is composed using individual sounds bought on soundsnap.com. Soundsnap has an immensely large collection of sounds. After listening to a large chunk of their collection I narrowed it down to the following sounds that were used to compose the track:
I recorded the ambience sounds from the individual locations to maintain the feeling of being in that particular place. For instance while walking through the market one can hear the soft sound of the market in the background, so the whole composition doesn’t feel out of place.
Editing the film was a result of a lot of iterative processes, it had to undergo multiple trials and tests. A few participants volunteered to help out in experiencing the soundwalk and give a feedback of what’s working and what’s not, according to them. For instance, a participant thought that every movement in the film was supposed to produce a sound from the past, which made him search for movements in the film. I thought that was quite interesting as I had never looked at it from that point of view. Although it was helpful as after that I tried to keep the sounds and movements a little out of sync in the film.
The walker will be provided with a physical map at the beginning of the soundwalk journey. By following the route on this map the walker can begin his exploration.