new spins on archival sounds
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW, Washington, DC
Must be 21 years old with valid photo ID to attend.
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What do you get when you combine the call of a Panamanian white-lipped foam frog, some classic big-band jazz, and the sonified X-ray of a distant star? A track that’s a signature Smithsonian remix.
SMITHSONIAN at 8 is throwing the craziest sound party ever—a night where the guests make the music, and the audio archives of the Smithsonian provide the inspiration. We’ve uploaded some amazing audio files to SoundCloud and they’re ready and waiting to be combined into whatever your musical imagination can come up with.
Maybe you’ll grab a sound of nature from the Encyclopedia of Life archives (how about some insect back-up singers?), a selection from the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory collection that translates cosmic X-rays into a haunting piano solo, or a freewheeling Dizzy Gillespie riff from the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Blend them together or add them to your own compositions or performance tracks and then upload your remix to SoundCloud.
In a special feature of the evening, get a look (and listen) inside the audio both as sound effects pro Shaun Farley messes with your head—in a good way—as he explores psychoacoustics, the way in which your brain processes sounds. He demonstrates the technology and techniques that make movie punches punchier, those onscreen explosions more explosive, and other tricks of the trade. Then, help him build an audio track for an imaginary film scene in which the Natural History Museum’s dinosaurs come to life, complete with creepy sounds, creaking skeletons, fleeing crowds, and plenty of screams.
You can also try out some seriously cool DJ gear and learn tricks of the trade (and how you can pick up even more in classes) from Trayze of Beat Refinery, the premier DJ and music production school in the mid-Atlantic area. Be sure to capture the fun of the evening as you pose for a souvenir shot in Photo-matica’s photo booth.
Premier Access for VIP ticket-holders: reserved seating at the Sound Effects demo, private bar, and two free drinks