Bristol students bring sounds of the past to life
MUSIC Technology students from the University of the West of England have been given a chance to have their work heard at the Natural History Museum in London.
The students have been working in collaboration with the museum in a series of six podcasts to highlight some of the exhibits.
The team worked with podcast producer John Ruthven and Museum editor, Vicky Paterson.
Martyn Harries, UWE's BAFTA award winning lecturer on the Music Technology course said: "This was a fantastic opportunity for the students. We worked with the producer and editor to record the voice over and mix the podcasts, having artistic input into music and sound effects as well as responsibility for the technical standards.
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"We try to ensure that students get to work on live projects so that when they graduate they can offer up evidence of their ability as well as a degree certificate. This was an exceptional opportunity. The work will now be showcased by the Natural History Museum and the students can use this experience to bolster their CVs when they graduate."
Dale Hudson, third year Music Technology student, said: "This was an amazing project to work on. The podcasts that the Treasures Gallery had put together were done using editing software that was not designed for audio so we had bring it all together by editing, mixing and re-mastering the sound. We included background ambient sound impressions which really helped to provide the listener with a sense of perspective and a coherent impression of the various locations in which the interviews took place.
"One of the pieces I worked on was about the Iguanodon dinosaur, we processed distant elephant and stampede sounds to present an impression of what dinosaurs could have sounded like. I also worked on a podcast about the Blashka brothers who made fascinating intricate glass work models of marine animals.
"It is completely different working under pressure to deadlines with a producer looking over your shoulder than working on a project for a university assignment. I have had some experience of this before as a runner for a Bristol based film post production company – but the podcast opportunity has given a real insight into working realities like deadlines, working in a team and striving for perfection."
Drew Nicoll, also a third year Music Technology student said, "I worked on the podcast about Guy the Gorilla who grew up in London Zoo and became a national treasure, eventually preserved at the NHM when he died. I also worked on a podcast about the Apollo Moon mission with Sam Leworthy, who was the fourth member of the team, which focuses on the moon rock exhibits. It's very interesting for me to work on something professional that is going to be seen by public, to be trusted to deliver a high standard of work and to have an end product to showcase what we can do."