Update: After getting some critique in class today, I remixed the audio to make the improve the balance in levels between the narration and musical elements and to bring out some important keywords in the narration. The MP3 player and download links below now feature the new, improved version of my experimental audio documentary.
The original post below:
For my audio portrait of Ruby the Elephant, I sought to “paint” a portrait through sound in the same way Ruby painted her paintings with a brush and paint–using bold brushstrokes and vivid colors; abstract, yet struggling to communicate something deeper that cannot be easily expressed. I cut up the narrative structure of Ruby’s backstory, interspersed it the Ruby Baby track, along with my interpretation of what it would have sounded like when Ruby played the xylophone. Thus, cutting, pasting, and rearranging are my parallel techniques to Ruby’s paint splatters. I wanted to honor Ruby by making my portrait of her to sound like how her paintings look.
The picture above is an image of a Ruby painting.
Ruby Baby by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, performed by Björk Guðmundsdóttir & Tríó Guðmundar Ingólfssonar.