Sounds by the Sony A7RII
Sony enthusiast Jay Perry explains to us how he created this music video using the sounds of the Sony A7RII.
In May of this year, my good friend Matti Haapoja, who runs the popular Travel Feels YouTube channel, convinced me to start my own channel based around my experience in the industry over the last eight years. A channel where I would share my secrets and tell stories of how everything came to be.
Although only three weeks old and under a dozen videos released, last week I got the idea to record the many sounds of my Sony A7RII and make a beat from it. Before falling into photography, I actually used to play music for a living. From 2002-2007, a jet-black “emo swoop” graced the top of my head, and I toured the country living in a van, playing rock music with my best friends. The itch to still write music lays deep inside me and I can only assume, that this idea was my mind blending my love for music and photography into one.
Now how did I do it.
Unfortunately, I only own one Sony A7RII, so I had to borrow my friend Kyle Andrew’s camera, (also a Sony A7RII) to do the recording. I set each camera up on its own tripod. Lined up my frame, and used the auto focus. I used two different lenses. For the wide shots I used the Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens (I had to look up that full name. I just call it my 16-35mm), recorded in Picture Profile 7 (slog2), in 4k, 24fps 100M. For the close up shots, I used the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens with the same settings. Out of frame, and as close to the sound as possible, I used a Zoom H4N to record all the audio. I lit the camera with a small 4x4 led light panel inside of a ‘modified’ (I cut holes in it) Elinchrom octabank. I did a few takes of each sound and then brought it into Adobe Premiere Pro.
I isolated each sound on the timeline and then tried to figure out which might sound like a bass tone, which were higher tones that could act as a cymbal, and which might replicate the range a snare drum might make. The whole process took me about two hours to complete.
In the end, it was a fun way to use my camera creatively that didn’t involve pressing the shutter. Well, I guess I did hit the shutter but not for photos.
Jay Perry channel: https://www.youtube.com/jayperry01
Matti Haapoja - Travel Feels channel: https://www.youtube.com/travelfeels
Kyle Andrew channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYqeMd1C9X8zTbwneLKIjaQ