The night began with a go-round of everyone's favorite movie- /sound track/ film's sound design
Rene: Matrix for first one (and undercut by the next two) sound design was also pretty great.
Carla: Lord of the Rings movies solid for sound and visual
Bob: Elf (fav Christmas film but not sound track)
Ben: 1973 Felini's Amarcord,“not one of the freakier Felini's”
Karen: Favorite movie was Ghandi. Baby Driver for the sound track. And the Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon sound track was great too.
Teague: Fav movie Election by Alexander Payne (later made Sideways)
Jocelyn: Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist (Fav sound track to have created a public radio review for. Also the only film sound track she's reviewed and it wasn't published...sore spot )
Ann: North by Northwest (poster featured on her wall) High Fidelity great sound track
Sonya: The Social Network great soundtrack, The Ghost in the Darkness (campy favorite film)
Byrd: Fav movie and soundtrack Harold and Maude, Ferris Bueller's Day Off a close section.
Ginger: Florida Project great movie, Ferris Beuller's Day Off- great holiday rerun this past Thanksgiving season.
Bond: Fav movie was Thank You For Smoking, fav film soundtrack, Pulp Fiction
Brandon: Fav movie Ghost in the Show (thinking about AI), fav sound design was for Wonder Woman (action sequences, build up electric guitar to full distortion).
The listening began with
Bond showcasing a track from his Dad's performance with The The (he also performed with Billy Ocean, Alison Moyet,) the work Bond's most proud of is the band, The The, His dad toured with them when Johnny Marr was in the band. The The has a comeback tour in the works for next year, and his dad may come back on keyboards. Bond played, Uncertain Smile, with his dad on the keys. Discussion about the mysteries of music's popularity overseas and German support for the arts.
Rene shared audio from his accidental detour from the Red line to the Armitage Platform, on the Elevated Brown Line on Chicago. With cameo's from the diesel trains, and dump truck moves from above to below. Recorded on an H4n. An hour of tape later edited. High quality sounds of close and far and rumbles and high pitches.
Byrd shared audio from the KCRWRadio Race (24 hours to make a piece). She, Gretta, Martine and Ted made something – all audio has to be new that day- including the music (and the mix/edit etc).“Down for Whatever” theme. Discovered a Saturday afternoon Hyattsville jam. The creative and non-linear design was appreciated.
Next year form a DCLL team?? KCRW race is usually around August 18th ish.
Jocelyn shared a sneak peak of a pilot she's working on. Talking about sound design. What wins out in comprehension and memory, when there is a joke, a sound design, and facts? What do people keep a hold of?
Brandon offered up a recording approaching the Canadian Embassy's special dome- a clapping session which highlighted the incredibly memorable and surprising acoustics of the space.
Rene mentioned the University of Maryland also has a memorable clap zone where a person can clap and the sound seems to squeak back at you.
Ben shared a recording from his annual urban tree hike from a hiker group singing in front of the Christmas Tree in front of the Canadian Embassy under the dome of crazy acoustics.
Discussion of the former White House Yule Log which no longer burns out front.
Deep cut reference to Lil' Bub sitting by the fire...that no one could remember except one person (sniff).
Bond: made a shift from the Sirius XM gig with the Symphony Hall channel to Sirius's Hair Nation channel. Cat's Craddle was burned in to all our heads before leaving. It's probably still stuck in 90% of our heads (Thanks a lot Bond).
Audio Challenge from Ben- By the next listening lounge, collect /record one interview over the holiday season. Ask a question about the person's past. If you need a prompt, here is one to try: “Tell me about your first best friend...” Other parameters: aim to share 3 minutes total (edited or unedited), extra credit: If you've never used one before, try out an audio editing program on your computer.
Another shout out for : DC audio producers interested in work opportunities to email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to a gig list.
ReferYah: is a networking site of a friend of Bond's
Had a good conversation about the value (and fun!) of mentorship- interested in matching DCLL'ers with other DCLL'ers/local mentors to learn new audio skills. YES TO 2018 GOALS LIKE THIS!example: Tape Sync mentorship: people have recording gear and interest in doing tape syncs but would feel better to have a chance to shadow someone first to learn the ins and outs. Let's partner up!
Other skills sharing? Let's get a chat started on the DCLL Facebook Group page.
-Adult job shadows are awesome- try them out.
...and a conversation about stethoscopes.
Check out the 99 Percent Invisible Episode
Judy Dench Stethoscope article
Radiolab episode about the Lady with the loud heart “The Tell Tale Heart”
other great 2017/2018 ideas
Sonya: Let's have an audio scavenger hunt leading up to Sound Scene (Canadian Embassy, Einstein memorial etc etc.)
DC Listening Lounge began in the fall of 2004 by like-minded audio enthusiasts as an informal place to listen, experiment and learn more about the art and craft of sound. We continue to meet once a month in DC living rooms to share and listen to one another's latest audio finds- and to continue an ongoing conversation about sound and creative storytelling.We always welcome curious visitors, eager listeners, and sound enthusiasts of all stripes and types. To join our mailing list or learn more about our monthly meetings, email us at email@example.com