Thursday, 9 January 2014

Soundscape: Keyframe (W.Heath Robinson)

For the soundscape project my keyframe is one of William Heath Robinson's illustrations. He was well known for his quirky invention drawings, and I couldn't help feeling engrossed by it.
"Testing Artificial Teeth in a Modern Tooth Works" (1928) by William Heath Robinson

First of all, I had no idea what the contraption was for, and it actually took awhile to find out the title of this piece. The contraption has an artificial tooth at the end and is dropped with a weighted force onto the cooked chicken to test its durability. Still, quite a bizarre test and invention.

However, the first thing that caught my eye wasn't the invention but actually the backdrop. The silhouettes of factories producing ridiculous amounts of smoke. To be honest I was incredibly happy to see this as my first thoughts went straight to the industrial revolution, a period I loved studying, and ideas for the animatic came to straight away.

I went straight to YouTube to watch the London 2012 Olympics "Pandemonium" for inspiration for this, which is also a personal favourite of mine. The visuals and soundtrack were so striking, the controlled chaos caused goosebumps for me.
I thought I would share the video of it here, its absolutely fantastic.

I have a few ideas that I've been sketching out over the past few days and will post them up shortly. 


  1. Gemma - you didn't pick up a recorder today at 9.30 :( Do you have one already or did you forget?

  2. oh - and yes, a more bold statement of a blog now... not sure about that title font though? Looks a bit too 'laminated menu in a tearoom' to my eyes ;)

    1. Oh god I completely forgot to come pick one up;; will I just need to book one out then?
      && Yeah I was just fiddling the other night and will be working on it again over the weekend (: