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Tim Prebble of The Music of Sound and Hiss and a Roar has an interesting project in the works. He’s enlisted the help of hundreds of recordists to help him with egregious problem: generic sounding doors:

If there is one sound that pulls me out of a movie or TV show (apart from the Wilhelm) it’s the use of crappy sounding library doors. Now I don’t imagine this is a common complaint amongst theatre goers but it does bug me and I’ve often wondered why the problem exists. Lets face it, if you have your recorder running, you could record a dozen door sounds between the time you get out of bed until you return there… So why use generic door sounds? — Tim Prebble

I’m just getting started on my contribution to the project, but I thought it would be fun to post a couple early takes. The following recording is from a closet door in my childhood home.

The first take is a door close recorded at a close perspective which is on the gentle side of the things, and the second take is more of a slam.

Tim also has another project called Dub 45:

Dub45 is a net-label where releases take the form of virtual 45rpm singles, but with both sides containing dub versions of a non-existent A side. While the selection of tracks pays hommage to the spirit of studio-created dub reggae, Dub45 is a contemporary take on a form of music profoundly centred on bass, drums & space…

I bring you the dubby door.

Recording Geek Note: Rig consists of Schoeps CMC5 setup for MS, with the MK4 as the mid. It was all tracked to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/96. And R. Kelley was not trapped in the closet.

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Squeaky Door

Lately, the weather in NYC has been less than beautiful.  We’ve been hit with over 10 inches of snow that has been mixed with rain, making a slushy nasty mess all around.  I went outside on Saturday to see if I could find some interesting slushy sounds, but I was less than thrilled with the results.  After an hour outside in the nasty slush, I decided to move back indoors, and that is when I remembered that we had an incredibly squeaky door that I have been meaning to record for quite some time.

It might look like we live on a 45° angle, or in the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but don’t worry, it is just the photo.  The door might not be crooked, but it sure can squeak:

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There is a slight edit in the recording: after I opened the door, I stepped inside and then closed it, so the perspective definitely shifts.  I figured I was going inside, I might as well record the door from the inside.

Recording Geek Note:  Rig consists of Schoeps CMC5 setup for MS, with the MK4 as the mid.  It was all tracked to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/96.

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