Often times, that’s what our job is. We’re given an image or an emotion to describe through the use of sound, or sometimes it’s a little easier. We’re tasked with creating something that doesn’t exist in our every day lives, but has enough visual elements we can relate to that we understand what it’s purpose is. Do we reinforce that expectation, providing sonic characteristics that people expect, or play with it to mess with their heads instead? Do we play a character on screen in the literal sense, supporting what we see, or do we dive into their emotional state and give the listener more information than what the visuals alone can provide? If you had to record a sound to represent the tactile sensation of the image above, what would you choose? [ed. That’s not necessarily rhetorical. It could be an interesting discussion! So leave a comment below.]
All of these questions focus on the character of the sounds we use, or how we create character using sounds. That’s our focus this month; character, and all of the ways you can interpret it.