I recorded the sounds of cooking a couple dishes for this project. I adapted a recipe called korma, and used a potato, tomatoes, onions, green beans, carrots, cashews, yogurt, and some spices–some dried, some I ground myself. After making this, I made scrambled eggs and tied in some sounds from that. After recording everything with a Tascam DR-100MKII, I trimmed everything and pieced it together in some semblance of a narrative order in Reaper. I’ve grown pretty familiar with the program by now, which is perhaps more of a success than the proto-project was.

For the most part, my ideas seemed to fall flat on their face. I knew where I was headed with them, but in the end, was derailed by the sheer amount of recorded sounds, blending them together, and trying to accurately represent the soundscape of a kitchen. I was daunted by layering and straying from reality. There could have been a better way to have solved this, but I could only think of one. The product of my efforts was too long, overly complicated, and extremely quiet (which I realized too late). The transitions, coherence, and consistency were lacking, too.

Adding a cinematic dimension would have added more immediate interest (for the class), but it wouldn’t have necessarily made sense in the grand scheme of my things. All in all, I am not happy with the work I completed—but the idea still stands strong.


2 thoughts on “Kitchenscape

  1. Hi Kim,

    We all have projects that fall flat on their face. (I’ve had more than I care to remember!) I’ve personally found these to be the most liberating experiences, because you can analyze what went wrong and figure out where to go from there.

    In this case, I think you are right, that the idea is a good one. I don’t think it needs a video, though. My suggestion would be to give yourself the freedom to be less literal in the execution of the idea. Think of the sounds not only for their meaning in the context of the creation of the dish, but for their musical qualities. Is one sound rhythmic? Is another an interesting timbre (color)? From this analysis, think about how you might structure these sounds in time. Don’t be afraid to use brief snippets of sound and repeat or alter them. Since you are using only one sense, you need to heighten it to make it exciting.

    So, I’d consider this iteration #1, rather than any sort of failed project. Iteration #1 can be refined, re-imagined and is in my mind an incredible opportunity to learn.


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