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Steven Wayne Thomas

Cinematic Music & Sound


ABOUT ME

 I write music for film and media, capture and create sounds, field record to document and learn about my surroundings, and share this experience by teaching students about music technology and sound.

I write music for film and media, capture and create sounds, field record to document and learn about my surroundings, and share this experience by teaching students about music technology and sound.

VIDEO CLIPS

SOUND

FIELD RECORING

For me, field recording is an audio rabbit hole – full of endless awe and wonder. The microphone directs your attention to a specific moment in time, in a specific location, at a specific time of day. Some sounds are documentary in nature and become sfx elements like backgrounds and atmospheres. Other recordings can become musical drones or the raw material for new sounds altogether. Listen long enough and you begin to hear their stories.

SLO-MOTION HUMMINGBIRDS w/ SCORE

There is a daily gathering of hummingbirds at the Lazy H Ranch, located just below Palomar Mountain, California. I took this slow-motion video during the 2014 Palomar Film Music Workshops and scored it with original music.


SOUND DESIGN

SOUNDSCAPE: PREPARED PIANO

This soundscape was created by attaching contact microphones to the soundboard of an old baby grand piano and recording different types of sounds: from pressing and releasing the creaky pedals at different speeds and velocities, to banging on the soundboard and plucking the strings. The recordings were further time expanded, pitched-shifted, and sent through custom impulse responses I created for Altiverb.


SOUNDSCAPE: HORROR

Most of the sounds in this fun-horror soundscape are from recordings I captured on Palomar Mountain, California and Bloomington, Indiana. There are field recordings of summer frogs, rainstorms, and a very special dog named Frida -- riding in the car on the way to her favorite walking spot dubbed the "peninsula".

As we get the closer to the lake, Frida becomes more agitated with excitement. She huffs and pants the entire way. The ride climaxes with a blast of whines, growls and grunts.

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I used a Shure MV88 iOS mic attached to my iPhone to record her performance. From that single recording, I created a series of cries, whispers, calls, screams, swooshes, cymbal rolls, and drones for soundscape.