Features Series: Beyond Casual Observation

Series: Beyond Casual Observation

A wide-ranging guest column written by BJ from Ancient Shores, mainly covering film but extending into philosophy and aesthetics too. Check out BJ's work on the A389 podcast.

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The creative process in the aural sphere

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The creative process in the aural sphere

Posted Oct. 28, 2019, 2:08 p.m.
Beyond Casual Observation

In this installment of Beyond Casual Observation the moving picture becomes a partner with technological advancements and forges an enduring storytelling medium. Filmmaking is a conversation. A conversation between the viewer and the filmmaker. A conversation between characters. Among the elements that a filmmaker uses to communicate information with the viewer might be detail in the physical set, control of the physical space, or sound within or outside of the frame. The convergence of many storytelling elements delivered via film or tv hopefully creates a deep singular experience. Beyond Casual Observation isolates sound, looks at work for its sound elements (scores, songs lists, sound design), and talks to professionals about their creative process in the aural sphere. Artists and innovators ...

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John Morgan Askew on production, engineering and composing

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Posted Jan. 27, 2019, 4 p.m.
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In the previous installment of Beyond Casual Observation, we visited with three films to briefly illustrate the pleasant entanglement of music and storytelling in cinema ...

Soundtrack in film

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Posted Sept. 30, 2018, 4:05 p.m.
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Thanks to insight from professionals in the field, and the freedom to explore the use of sound in film, Beyond Casual Observation has featured a ...

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Soundtrack in film

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Soundtrack in film

Posted Sept. 30, 2018, 4:05 p.m.
Beyond Casual Observation

Thanks to insight from professionals in the field, and the freedom to explore the use of sound in film, Beyond Casual Observation has featured a broad look at the functions of a soundtrack in film. Soundtracks are defined literally as the track of all sounds, and more commonly as a collection consisting of songs, scored and/or western form, for example--possibly a collection of ambient sound. These sounds, the music and more, intersect with performances in front of, and behind, the camera to tell a story. The incredible trait in sound is its versatility. Sound and songs create mood, convey ...

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Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum

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Posted Nov. 6, 2017, 3:23 p.m.
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Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum is a Grammy Award-winning and Juilliard-trained composer. She was born in New York City. She grew up listening ...

Jeffrey Roy on ADR mixing and Andrei Tarkovsky’s "Stalker"

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Posted Aug. 6, 2017, 3:56 p.m.
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Jeffrey Roy is busy. Check the link for his credits and you will see a vast list of projects. In ...

Ashley Lynch on film editing

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Posted July 11, 2016, 2:50 p.m.
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For this edition of Beyond Casual Observation, Ashley Lynch, owner of Burnaby, BC-based Gingerbreadgirl Post—a versatile post-production studio that ...

BJ (Ancient Shores) on Claudio Marino

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Posted Feb. 21, 2016, 3:34 p.m.
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For this installment of "Beyond Casual Observation" Claudio Marino of Artax Film and Swedish band Tid took some time to ...

BJ (Ancient Shores) on audio production / Shallow Grave (1994)

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Posted Sept. 6, 2015, 4:55 p.m.
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Jason Alberts is an audio engineer with an extensive career in post-production, along with location sound. His recent work includes ...

BJ (Ancient Shores) on sound

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Posted July 5, 2015, 3:37 p.m.
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As young as 14, Jeff King was drumming in bands and in years after would continue writing music and touring ...

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