You can hear ‘Rules are rules’ by Dean Scott here:
The script demanded the following sound cue when Liam loses his temper with the PIP onboard computer in his car:
“In a fit of anger Liam starts smashing the PIP computer –
Mechanical beeps and error noises buzz from PIP –
Liam continues smashing PIP until it’s beeps die out”
So…I decided to cover a mirror with sellotape…
…and with my fingers crossed, I wrapped it in the rug and started pounding it with a rock from the garden. Surprisingly, mirrors are quite difficult to break. But it added nicely to the play.
Over the top of the crunches from the mirror, I recorded a glass being smashed on our tiled kitchen floor.
Having uploaded the two sounds, I synchronised the thumps of the mirror to the actor’s grunts as he pummels the PIP computer.
Have a listen to ‘Rules are rules’ and listen out for the mirror!
I also needed some computerised beeps. So naturally, I used my microwave. In the edit, I changed the pitch, tone and took away some of the bottom end of the beeps using EQ settings to give it a more futuristic feel, as the play is set in the near future.