In Hari V Sahasrabuddhe’s article, Technology for Music (and vice-versa!), music performed live was compared to music pre-recorded. It was described as “one of them is a performing art, the art of performing music live, and the other is perhaps closer to painting.” This reminded me of when my group mates and I were doing the voice over recordings for our video essay project.
When we do a presentation on a paper, we have to talk in front of an audience and there is no second chance to redo what we did as we do our speech. Also, when there are technical difficulties, everyone would know it is happening. However, for the video essay project, all these mistakes or technical difficulties can be avoided. Like Sahasrabuddhe described it being “is perhaps closer to painting” is true. Using iMovie, we put together videos, making sure it can transition well and changing it anytime we want to in order to make it perfect. Then we do voice recordings. Here, we have scripts that were written out, word by word. Then we start recording. Every time we make a mistake, we would stop. Then we will continue from where we messed up. Afterwards, we used audacity and cut the parts that were messed up and paste the parts that are good into the audio file.
The whole entire project was like a painting. Sahasrabuddhe also explains, “you create the sound at leisure, and the time that you require to create the sound has no direct relationship with the amount of time it takes the listener to consume.” This was what happened with us. This 10 min video essay was actually done over a week’s time. It’s not that we didn’t have pressure, but it was done with us knowing the outcome of it. So I feel that technology here makes it much more reassuring for artists or students like us.