How to Build a Transformer

On the second day of the commercial sound design, the task was to build the sound of a row of chairs transforming into a roller coaster (as I said in the previous post, this commercial is a tad outrageous).  Now, I was a fan of the Transformers cartoons as much as any other kid currently between the ages of twenty-five and thirty-five years old.  But I didn’t want our transformer to borrow from the synth cheese that was so relished in the eighties.  So we set out to record a bunch of different moving parts, as many as we could think of, so that when put together, our transforming row of chairs/roller coaster would seem “realistic”.

dsc_0773The different velocities of all the machines we recorded had some interesting effects.  Same goes for moving the machines back and forth across the mic.

dsc_0778Below was the highlight of the day.  I have no idea the make or year of this beauty, but a vintage projector gave us a plethora of interesting transforming sounds.

dsc_0767And here is Brandon and his pal the Icon taking all of it in:

dsc_07821Some intense editing needs to happen first, but a transforming row of chairs/roller coaster will soon emerge.

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    • Clay
    • March 4th, 2009

    That control room makes me want to vomit.

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