Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sound Advice on Multimedia

I'm presently working on finalizing my first multimedia piece and it's a complicated process. As photographers we naturally have a knack for the visual narrative, but the audio narrative is new to many of us and probably even more important. MediaStorm has just published a piece about working with music on their blog so I'm sharing it here. I hope you enjoy it.

Ten Tips for Working With Music in Multimedia
Posted by Eric Maierson, November 23rd, 2009

Music is an all too frequently overlooked facet of multimedia production. In this ongoing series of tutorials to improve your multimedia, I’ll explain 10 techniques that the MediaStorm team utilizes when working with music.

First, though, a few definitions commonly used to describe musical attributes.

Tempo: the speed of a musical composition, how fast or slow it’s played.

Timbre: the voice or sound of an instrument. A stringed instrument has a different timbre than a piano or a saxophone.

Pitch: the frequency of a sound. Bass notes have a low pitch; the upper octaves of a piano produce a higher pitch.

Rhythm: the variation in length between sounds and accents. Rhythm is often tapped onto a surface.


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