A few people who’ve seen my planned images for this assignment have made the same comment to me: are you going to set the images to music?

Whilst it was obvious to other people that the subject matter (portraits of members of a singing group) would suit an audio-visual treatment, for a while I resisted the idea. The reasons for not trying such an idea so far were twofold:

  • I want the images to be seen as more about the people (in the act of remembering) than about the audio memory trigger, and believed that adding a music track would muddy the waters a little
  • Practically – there are ten different musical tracks used for the sound waves, and my initial thinking was that this meant either a very long video, or a choppy medley

The second objection was simple to solve – I’m amazed that it took me so long to think of it. I picked one of the songs (the one that I felt was most suitable, mood-wise) and edited it down to a self-contained clip of just over 1 minute that starts and ends in line with the repetition of the title.

As for the first objection: I’m still not totally sure whether the soundtrack is too distracting, but I decided to give it a go anyway, because why not.

There are a few things I know I’d change if I do submit this as part of the assignment:

  • The name captions are in a very lightweight font that doesn’t render well when encoded in a video format – I need to tweak the font weight on the source images
  • The sound clips off a split-second too soon at the end so I need to sort that

I’d be very grateful for any comments from anyone!