TRAILER: BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL 2

New E3 means new trailer for Beyond good and Evil 2!
Once again, I had the pleasure to create and shape the sound design of this trailer, a great challenge with high expectation from all the team.

There is the result after weeks of recording, sound design and mix:

One of my personal goal was to find and deliver an original sound texture kit for the small space ship. The only way to get enough variation and material to follow all the movements and speed effect was to build it from scratch.

I found it one night with my garage door combined with a weird speaker and a series of sines modulated at specific frequencies.

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I am very happy of the final result, mostly due to a great collaboration between all the people involved on it.

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Field recordings: Jordan

On the road again last summer for an unplanned trip to a new place, Jordan.

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Surrounded by 5 borders and 2 seas, this small country of the middle east reserves a lot of surprises to its visitors. I didn’t know what to expect before leaving, my first surprise was the warm welcome of all the citizens, very kind and always happy to help you.

From Amman, the capital to the south part of the country, I’ve drove 1600 Km through arid and hilly landscape during 10 days.

This country is full of beauty, but 3 places really impressed me:

-The dead sea which is the lowest dry point on earth, 400m below sea level. The salt has killed all the life around and draw a weird scenery, it is hard to make the distinction between the sky and the water due to the light reflection.

-Petra, the old capital of the Nabataean Kingdom.
It is composed of a lot of temples, houses and tombs distributed on a large area. All this constructions are carved directly into the rock, giving to this site a unique architecture.

Sounds of Jordan:

-The Wadi Rum desert surrounded by huge canyons of granite rock. The first words that came to my mind when I arrived there was: austerity and lifeless. That was a definitely a mistake, if you take a closer look and go into specific places that only Bedouins knows, you discover step by step a fragile and discreet wildlife.

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Desert ambiances and camels:

An interesting point in Petra and Wadi Rum was the natural acoustics due to the topology, most of them are unique and extremely beautiful.

Recording sounds there was one more time a big challenge, the natural places are extremely silent and always windy, definitely not the best conditions for mics.

Considering these circumstances, I’m quite happy about the material I’ve managed to catch. To end this post, there is a sample of the most beautiful Muezzin I’ve ever heard, took at Amann from the top of a hill at 4am:

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SOUND DRAMA: Salam alaykom

Short trip in Morocco just before summer, once again, during ramadan.

This journey started in the amazing city of Marrakech, through the small streets of the souk, part of the world heritage by UNESCO. Next step in the south Atlas mountain to find some fresh air next to the Toubkal, the highest peak of the country (4167m). Finally, the entry of the desert surrounded by beautiful and typical palm plantation in the region of Ouarzazate.

This trip was a great surprise, I was not expecting to be so out of place at only 3h of my country. I only took with me my handy recorder to make it “a bit easier”, such a mistake, never again!

Salam alaykom Morocco:

Field recordings : Cardio vs Omi

Test between two different directional microphones in outdoor locations
Helped by Martin Weissberg, we have made several recordings on that day.

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We had a couple of cardioid MBHO and two omnidirectional DPA. Interesting comparison to define what fits better depending the environment

The MBHO are pre amplified by Mixy and DPA by Sound devices.

 

First test, the fireworks of July 14 at Montpellier (French national day):
The microphones are almost at the same place. 1: DPA: 1 m, 30 °. 2: MBHO: 18cm, 30 °.

Second test at a terrace:
The microphones are placed at the same location. 1: DPA: 18 cm, 30 °. 2: MBHO: 18cm, 30 °.

Third test in a natural reserve:
The microphones are not placed in the same location. 1: DPA: 18 cm, 0 °. 2 MBHO: 18cm, 30 °.

 

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Field recordings : Electromagnetic field

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New topic of the day, hunting magnetic fields through a new microphone, the “pickup”.
It is normally designed to be placed in the rose of an acoustic guitar. I chose this one because it doesn’t need hack or welds and it is already wired.
It’s easy to hijack this microphone to captures what we are not supposed to hear, the magnetic fields around us.

 

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It’s a perfect tool to make electric sounds. I was inspired by the work of Jean-Edouard Miclot, I advise you to listen his findings.

Beware of your speakers, there are many low frequency (50Hz)

 

Some takes processed:

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The set-up is somewhat bulky :
Mic-> DI -> preamps -> recorder

 

 

 

Not really convenient to carry outside, waiting for a real bag location, I stayed at home and at work to make my shots.

A big air conditioner:

A wireless phone:

An electric heater:

Be careful if you want to do the same.
Read this article before trying.

 

 

Hydrophone and Tibetan bowl

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Recording session with a new mirco, the hydrophone.
I had on that day a wide collection of bells and Tibetan bowls.

I took a trash can, put some water in it and plunged the microphone.
After a few tests nothing extraordinary, rendering under water is almost the same as in the open air.

The notes are still very clean, noiseless, no blast or parasite. It’s always good to take.

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Immersing bells in water gradually, a light natural-tune yields:

A bowl with filters and pitch, it becomes more interesting now!

To conclude, I’m slightly disappointing, I was expecting to find something more original …

Extra miscellaneous records, filled bottle underwater :