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The Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound, 3rd Edition by David Lewis Yewdall

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Chapter 2

Our Amateur Beginnings

When I was in junior high school, I had to stay home for several weeks because of a contagious illness. My father had an old office ¼″ audiotape machine with a simple omnidirectional microphone that was really only intended for recording close-proximity voices. In a matter of days I was swept into a fantasy world of writing and recording my own performances like the radio shows I had heard. I played all the parts, moving about the room to simulate perspective, making a wide variety of sound effects and movements to conjure up mental images of Detective Ajax as he sought out the bad dealings of John J. Ellis and his henchmen.

I opened and closed doors, shuffled papers, moved chairs about. My parents had an antique ...

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