I created this soundscape of a night forest to accompany a scene in ‘Dorothy’s War’. The script called for the sound of a Normandy forest at night with distant machine-gun fire. I began by researching the machine guns that were used in the period, and locating the sounds of a Lewis, a Vickers and a German MG08-15 machine gun. I then edited these together with the forest soundscape, adjusting levels to create a balanced effect.
For the play ‘Yan Tan Tethera’ which formed one-quarter of ‘4 Thoughts’ the script required the sound of a long thunderstorm which lasted throughout the entire play. At various points in the play the rain stopped, the wind grew quieter and eventually the storm died away. Over this twenty-minute soundscape I layered the noise of sheep bleating, the sound of a generator, rain on a tin roof, and menacing thunder. This clip demonstrates a small section of the soundscape which includes the underlying storm, the sound of sheep and some thunder.
As part of Frinton Summer Theatre’s 2014 season, a haunted baby monitor emitted a ‘spooky noise’ in the play ‘Memento Mori’. To create this effect I blended the sounds of rustling leaves, sleeping dogs and a snoring dormouse. The resulting effect was compressed to sound as if it was coming through the poor quality speaker of a baby monitor.