VSM Produced an original score and some sound design for this charming animated documentary short about Clara, who has the unusual job of teaching girls the joy of riding a bike in rural Ghana.
Musically we were asked to evoke Ghana, but not depict a cliched “Lion King” style African sound. After some discussion we decided to take our rhythmic cues from the Ghanaian “Azonto” style, married with western rock instruments, like drum kit, electric bass, and guitar, with a few symphonic flourishes where the story warranted them.
We were also provided with several field recordings from Ghana, including kids laughing and playing, village atmosphere, and various takes of bike mechanisms, all of which which we were able to incorporate into the overall soundscape.
Very Serious Media recently contributed dialogue edit and sound design on the powerful feature documentary “The Destruction of Memory“. An adaptation of Robert Bevan’s critically acclaimed book, the film is a harrowing but compelling examination of cultural destruction – the purposeful destruction of buildings, books and art in order to erase collective memory and identity.
Our task was largely to subtly embellish the location and archival footage with ambiences and sound effects, as well as some more intricate sound design on a few key sequences.
VSM’s work was provided to Digital City Studio, where it was mixed by Mike Gissing.
This documentary was produced for the 40th Anniversary of Cyclone Tracy – the tropical cyclone that devastated the Australian city of Darwin on Christmas Eve 1974. VSM’s Nick Storr was tasked with creating soundscapes to accompany Huni Bolliger’s beautiful impressionistic animated recreations of the cyclone.
Check out the official trailer above, which contains several of the sequences we worked on.
In the acclaimed documentary series Redesign My Brain, host Todd Sampson uses the latest science to train his brain to become more adaptable.
Very Serious Media provided sound design and foley services to Digital City Studio for the second series of the show.
Fifty two episodes of cartoon madness? Sounds like our kind of gig. This show was a blast to work on. A bumble bee named Buzz Bumble and his best pal, a blowfly named Joe Blow, live in a cardboard box. Each night they stage a variety stunt musical show to an audience of bugs. Like all theatre productions, it’s an adventure that rarely goes to plan and Buzz Bumble struggles to keep the show on track and the theatre in one piece.
First, many days in the studio recording the actors speaking and singing their parts. Then editing, assembly, and hand off to the animatic team.
On the sound-design front, each area of the show’s cardboard box theatre was given its own dedicated reverb signature – there’s not a dry line of dialogue anywhere in the show. We also build a re-useable library of sonic mayhem – crashes, explosions, cannon blasts etc. which came in super handy toward the end of the schedule as things got tight (as they always do!)
Musically the show was a really fun mix of styles. There were live band tracks for the on-screen “leech band”, some short musical-theatre segments (which had to be composed and recorded prior to the animatic stage), a bunch of recurring character leitmotifs, and a whole lot of “Mickey mousing” under the more slapstick elements. The hope musically was to hit somewhere between homage and parody of the US “golden-age” animation shorts.
Buzz Bumble has had two Saturday morning runs on GO! All episode can now be seen on the Buzz Bumble YouTube channel.