Posted on Saturday July 30, 2005 by Steven Fischer
Met with Craig and Barbara at the S.S. John W. Brown, one of only two Liberty Ships still active since World War Two. Michael Schneider, Chariman of the Board for Project Liberty Ship, met us on board to finalize details about recording. Project Liberty Ship has graciously allowed us to record the ships mechanical sounds—engines, winches, steam whistles, boilers, etc.—for use in Freedom Dance (the ocean voyage scenes).
Mr. Schneider gave us a private tour of the ship (though we’d all taken cruises on it in the past), and located the stations we’d need to be on both days of recording. Turns out, with so much happening in different locations at the same time we’re going to need two crews. Glad we scouted.
For reference, bought a couple of DVDs about the John Brown on baord at the ship’s store (some of the sounds we’ll try to capture are in this video), and souvenirs for our crew.
Many, many thanks to Michael Schneider and Project Liberty Ship for their generosity and hospitality! The original sounds we’ll record from this authentic ship will be a great contribution to Freedom Dance!