The Sound Of The Underground

HND Film and Television student James Reid and lecturer Alan Moffat recently followed a team of students from the HND Sound Production course down into the Inchindown underground oil tanks in Invergordon, Ross-shire to document a very special ambient recording project.

Tasked with capturing a sound source in an acoustically interesting environment, Erin McHugh, Andrew Napier, Joseph Welsh & Shaun Cassidy set up a surround sound recording environment in one of the chambers at the now disused oil depot.

One of the oil chambers at Inchdown

The chambers hold the record for having the longest reverberation time in a man-made structure and as such, are often sought out by audio enthusiasts hoping to experience this unique characteristic. For their project the group recorded current NQ Creative Industries student Matthew Hardie playing a composition on violin in a space very few have had the privilege to access.

“The filming at Inchindown presented us with some major challenges in relation to the logistics and the technical requirements of filming in the dark. Jim had to work around ISO settings, aperture and depth of field whilst ensuring he did not slip in oil and potentially hurt himself and damage the kit.

To add to this, it was a 7 hour return journey and when he got dropped off at his house just before midnight he remarked that it had been “a long day that went in very quickly”. I told him it would be the first of many!!!”

-Alan Moffat, Film & TV Lecturer

For more information and photo’s from this project please visit the Sound Production department’s blog at this link

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