Early one December morning, we found ourselves out on the cold streets of London for another collaboration with Shade Media; this time creating the soundtrack to a short skateboard film for Stay Wild Magazine as part of their ongoing series: A Guide To Cracks & Curbs.
Stay Wild had teamed up with Neon Stash (promoters of female action sports) to bring together skaters from around London and show their daily ‘commute’.
The idea for the film was to represent the city from the perspective of skateboarders, embracing the cold weather and exploring all the nooks and crannies that London has to offer. With this in mind, we headed out with our boards and microphones to capture sounds that could then be used as the source material for the piece.
The soundtrack was created almost entirely out of skateboard sounds by sampling, stretching, looping and manipulating the audio to create musical and textural elements. Blurring the lines between the sound design and music, we wanted to communicate the sonic sensations of skateboarding by using the textures and vibrations of wheels rolling and skidding across different surfaces.
We also recorded the inspiring voiceover, written by poet and skater Mat Lloyd, which perfectly captures the way that skateboarders view the city streets – ‘We move together, and admire what only we can see.’
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Watch the final film below.
Skaters – Sam Murgatroyd, Helena Long, Charlie Radford, Amy Ram