Words crackle and fizz when you enhance them with some appropriate atmospheric music or art. As part of our visit to Parklands Primary school in Northampton, we enjoyed the opportunity to experiment with the effect that a soundtrack can have, as an underscore to some short, pithy phrases about a dramatic experience.
In short, we took two classes of Year Six pupils on a roller-coaster ride from Myst III:Exile. We gave them very little time to record their thoughts on the ride, and then record those thoughts for real, using GarageBand. Sixty children screaming their way down a virtual roller-coaster, calling out expressions of their feelings, is only lacking one thing: the thunderous thwackings of a trash-band!
Record a glorious cacophony of dramatic drumming from the school scrap-band and you have the ultimate accompaniment to a speedy descent. GarageBand was, again, the most effective way to record all of the stages of the process, because it is quick, intuitive and easy to use when under time and reliability pressures, but also because it is possible to layer sounds, AND video.
We used Fraps to screen capture the run, used that as the video track, recorded the band, recorded the screams and guffaws on the first ride, and, lastly the children’s declamations. Mix this together (in a rough mix) and you get quite an effective end result. Especially as this was all achieved in under an hour!