When faced with the question of how I would differentiate each UOW coffee house from each other, I must admit I was stumped.
Yet, when I walked into Espresso Warriors today, I was hit with the overpowering wave of conversation emanating from its inhabitants.
That, plus the fairly terrifying playlist of 2004 pop songs.
But it is the loud conversation, created by the people who are mostly talking to others, rather than sitting on their phones alone, that truly defines Espresso Warriors.
Question: What is home to you?
For Tom McGill, home is the sound of Youtube videos constantly playing. I took a fair amount of liberty with this interview, as I forgot to ask Tom exactly what Youtube videos he likes to watch. But I know that the aspiring film maker (Youtube channel TomTheJester) is passionate about the Australian film industry.
Films clips from:
Batman Vs Superman (Review by Tom)
(Also Soundcloud is sucking with copyright)
The duck pond at UOW is home to afternoon naps, lunch time chats, and midday musical features.
Question: What is home to you?
For Cassie Norris, home is laughing and dancing in the kitchen.
The second I recorded Cassie saying this, my mind filled with images of warmth, playfulness and yummy food. Trying to convey this mentality that Cassie associates with her home was a struggle, since I most definitely wanted to do it the justice that it, and Cassie deserved.
My playing ABBA’s Dancing Queen with this piece, besides the obvious relation to dancing, was because in my own home this is the song that we most often dance to. I feel like this, at least for me, conveyed the best part of home.
This is a new chapter in my digital artefact; creating more of a sound ‘journey’ of a place, rather than a person. This created a whole lot of new problems, and experiences.
Recording sound for this profile was easy, but putting it together, with the already over-lapping sounds was more difficult than the previous human profiles.
However it allowed for me to control the direction and tone of the profile, which I used to my advantage to create the feeling of being at Panizzi’s. My favourite part of this being the focus on the coffee creation sounds, and that blissful moment of a coffee’s first sip.
Question: What excites you?
Madie finds the excitement in her life through surprises, puppies, and travelling, and who could disagree with that?
This profile is a little different in that, although you as the listener cannot tell, this one had a lot more sounds in it; overlapping and playing together to create the overall sound that you hear. This was a challenge, and definitely made the creation time a lot longer than usual, but I’m happy that I got to experiment with this new process, and make the whole piece sound even better then it could be with single-played sounds.
Question: What makes you happy?
Jordan Forbes is about as go-with-the-flow as you can get. Never fazed and never worried, Jordan finds his happiness in life from his football team, The Cronulla Sharks, his girlfriend, making cool things such as music mash-ups and film reviews, and playing soul-defyingly hard games, such as Dark Souls 3… although not necessarily in that order.