Apologies in advance. I’m really struggling with this one.
I keep having flashbacks to when Lucas started adding animated clip-art to the original trilogy, or remember that Jesus Fresco debacle a few years back?
Anyway, I knew as soon as I read “No re-using sounds from the film, none of that lame stuff.” I should have stepped away. I knew I would grieve over the loss of even a single db of the quintessential Foley so crucial to the soul of a Spaghetti Western. For example the removal of filmdoms most iconic gunshots was blasphemy to my ears. But it wasn’t until watching your video that I realized how equally important the source music and ADR truly is to the feel of this genre. With all of the glorious imperfections and technical shortcomings of their time (and place) they really end up making these films so cult… so good. Oozing with production character and style… and quirks… but always with that venerable genuineness. Honestly just missing the ambient background hiss and pop that bubbles down around the -40db mark immediately took me out of it. I guess if I want to hear a digitally clean modern western, I’d watch one. Ya know?
And while I am saying that the audio being “dirty” is what in part creates that Spaghetti vibe, I’m also saying that in many cases the actual sound effect itself, regardless of sonic treatment, was just better… or at least cooler. Bootsteps, punches, eating, cork-popping, cylinders turning, hammers cocking and unquestionably that beautiful beautiful BANG!
I cant really get passed my admittedly self imposed feelings of sacrilege here to acknowledge the substantial effort you put into this. I do appreciate that, and can relate personally, even specifically. And let me state my abhorrence is way more about the ideology of this than the execution. But that being said I will mention that there is a lifetime of crafting that goes into getting Foley and ADR to feel “baked in” so there is less of an out-of-body experience for the viewer. Heck, employing spatial techniques for perceived distances alone could be a college major unto itself, without getting into eq, verbs, compressors, mics, rooms and relative volumes of all the components to each other in the mix. But I digress.
In closing, I know this is just for fun by your own admission, so PLEASE take all of this with a grain of salt, as I am very likely completely alone in my convictions, but man this did not set right with me.
In a nutshell, everything you removed/replaced is everything that I love about these films. If someone goes in to remaster The White Album, let alone remix it, I get heart palpitations, but if they decided to record their own guitar part and sing a few harmonies, well https://youtu.be/pjnZO5ZgWE8
For what it’s worth, I am totally down with checking in on your continuing growth with projects (like last.caress suggested) that were never English dubbed, or better yet never filmed/produced/seen by anyone… yet. (aka fully original material).
I am not sure if it has any bearing on how my dissertation is received, but I assure you if you wouldn’t have specifically asked for feedback I wouldn’t have shared my thoughts.