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NOISE MAKERS UNITE! Foley Scavenger Hunt @ Mt. Tabor, Volunteer w/Freesound.org

September 24, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Calling all sound peoplelet’s make some noise! Join us for this 2hr workshop and volunteer opportunity with freesound.org! I will bring my Rode NTG5 shotgun Foley microphone, a wind screen, 2 pairs of headphones, my boom pole and Zoom H6 Handy Recorder. I will also bring my Zoom H2n ambient sound recorder and mono pod. (Note this event is weather dependent and may be re-scheduled if it’s raining or too cold/windy).

1pm – Let’s meet at the bottom of Mt. Tabor for a meet and greet. We can take a look at all the sound producing goodies everyone has, gear/equipment, pass out the scavenger hunt checklist and split into teams, or stay together if we want.
1-2pm – For the 1st hour we will focus on listening and capturing the interesting sounds around us. This could be dogs barking, a random street performer, rustling trees, crunchy leaves, etc.
2-3pm – For the 2nd hour we will focus on producing our own sounds once everyone feels comfortable having passed around the mics and practiced recording.
3pm – Meet back at the bottom of the hill and see how we all did!

Next, I will provide a link to upload your recordings and I will spend some time editing and isolating the sound effects in Audacity. Then I will upload the finished sound effects to freesound.org! Participants must be OK licensing their sounds CC0 in the public domain.

-Anything that produces a unique or interesting sound (bells, slinky, squeaky shoes, 2 coconuts banging together, aluminum foil, etc.).
-Microphone if you have one (even voice notes on your phone will do!)
-A boom pole, selfie stick (for phones), even a broom handle and some duct tape could do!
-An interest to walk around like a goon for 2 hrs recording random sounds and making weird noises.

SO what is Foley?

Wiki: “In film-making, Foley is the reproduction of everyday sound effects that are added to films, videos, and other media in post-production to enhance audio quality. These reproduced sounds, named after sound-effects artist Jack Foley, can be anything from the swishing of clothing and footsteps to squeaky doors and breaking glass. Foley sounds are used to enhance the auditory experience of the movie. Foley can also be used to cover up unwanted sounds captured on the set of a movie during filming, such as overflying airplanes or passing traffic.”

What is freesound.org?

Freesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds where anyone can browse, download and share sounds to use in their own projects. Freesound lets users select 1 of 3 licenses for their sounds:

-zero (cc0): https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
-attribution (by): https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
-attribution noncommercial (by-nc): https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/

For this workshop we will be capturing sounds for the public domain (free for commercial use without attribution).

Please consider donating to freesound.org here: https://freesound.org/donations/donate/

NOTE: If you are in the going list, and decide you are not going to attend, please update your RSVP to “Not going.” Event leaders are simply volunteers and try their best to make it a fun experience for everyone, but assume no liability for any injury, loss or damage.


September 24, 2023
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Mt Tabor Park
SE Salmon St
Portland, OR 97215 US
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