In the first week of the project we were given an introduction lecture, explaining to us what we had to do within Video. We were told we had to create a short 3-5 minute documentary around the topic of London Markets.
In this lecture the different types of shots were outlined, such as establishing shots, close-ups, long shots, mid shots and panning shots to name some of them. Our video had to include some interviews.
A video technician came in and introduces us to the equipment we would be using. We will be using the VTM190 tripod, we were shown the different ways of working with a tripod, explaining how to do pan shots or get shots from different angles. The video cameras we would be working with were the DVP900 or DVP300, two compact HD camcorder’s from Panasonic. We were then sent out to practice using the equipment, to get a feel of the camera’s we experimented with some shots of London City Airport.
Week 2 (Microphones)
One thing our video had to include was an interview so in this lecture the video technician came in and introduces us to the variety of different microphones we could use to capture audio in our video’s.
Hand-held, dynamic microphone
The first microphone he showed us was a standard, dynamic microphone. We had used these in the Sound section of this module so I was familar with how to use them. These are hand-held uni directional microphones so are very common in interviews, as the speaker can speak into the mic and then point it at the interviewee when they answer, or alternatively they’re handy because you can point them away from the interviewee if they’re rambling on
The next microphone to be demonstrated was the personal, clip-on mic’s. These clip onto the speakers clothing so mainly only pick up the wearers voice. They’re commonly used in TV news, particularly during interviews or if it’s set in a studio. A key advantage of them is when in-use they can be essentially hidden.
We were then shows the boom/overhead microphones, these are most commonly used in film and TV productions because they allow you to point in a specific direction to pick up audio whilst keeping the microphone out of shot. These are good for recording high-quality audio as they are really receptive microphones and have a very good sound quality. The only downside is it can be hard to find the correct distance to position the microphone as if it’s too close to the subject it’ll pick up too much input and distort but if it’s too far away you might not pick up enough audio, so it may be inaudible. They require a lot of concentration as the operator has to position the mic live whilst listening through headphones, finding the best position whilst trying to keep the microphone out out of shot.
Like last week’s lecture we were sent out to experiment the different microphones and use them in different scenarios to see what works best.
Week 3 (Learning how to use Final Cut)
In this week’s lecture we were taught, using sample footage, how to use the editing software we would be using for our video – we will be using Final Cut Pro. First of all we were told how to export the footage from the cameras, it was stressed not to try and edit the video directly from the camcorder as it will need to be connected every time we use the program and there may be issues with reading the file. We had to export the media from the camera onto a external hard-drive and it is from this that we will edit our video.
When importing files Final Cut uses ‘Events’ and ‘Libraries’. Each event contains different libraries for footage, a video can use various different libraries but can’t use different events so we had to be aware of this when importing the sample footage we were given.
We were taught how to trim footage and edit the sound levels. By doing this we were able to combine the footage and remove any unwanted noises or filler sounds such as ‘erm’s’ and ‘ah’s’. These can make a video seem unprofessional so by trimming footage and removing any unwanted sounds the video can run smoothly and cleanly.
Filming our Video
We decided to film our video in Borough Market, we used Borough Market as a location for our photography piece so decided to use it again because we were really happy with the shots we got there first-time round so wanted to try again and work somewhere familiar, where we knew we’d get some good shots. We done a little bit of extra research beforehand, looking at the history of the market and the variety of products there, as this was what we were going to focus on in our video. We prepared a script for the narration too.
We decided we wanted to take influence from avid Attenborough and Louis Theroux because we wanted to appeal to young people with our target audience whilst appealing to documentary-lovers too because we talk about the history of the market. I really liked the style of Louis Theroux and felt he appealed to a younger audience and Sam really liked David Attenborough, one of the most celebrated names in documentaries so we decided to use these two as an influence, producing a video in the style of a Channel 4 news report aimed at young adults.
With these influences in mind we decided we wanted the piece to predominantly narration over different shots of the market, with an interview with some people at the market. When we first arrived at the market we were struck with a problem immediately, the only person at Borough Market who could give us permission to film was busy so couldn’t see us so we weren’t allowed to film in the market which hindered us massively. However given we couldn’t even get in there we still got some good shots that we were happy with, using a tripod to get a variety of establishing shots, close-ups, mid-shots, long-shots and panning shots.
Whilst we were at the market using the dynamic hand-held mic, Sam recorded all his narration talking about the market, it’s history and what it has to offer. No-one we asked would let us interview them so we had to compromise, I bought some food from the market and Sam asked me my thoughts on the market and the food.
Editing our Video
Before we started to edit the video we had to sort through all the different footage we get, we had to work out what we were going to use and what we could delete, once we done this we gave each video an appropriate name so we could quickly identify it when importing clips into the video.
We then imported all the footage into Library within an Event titled ‘Borough Market’. We went through all the footage again and wrote down a simple running order, we then organised the clips accordingly so we could easily put them all together. We wanted there to be narration through the piece so the first thing we imported was all Sam’s narration. We detached the audio from the video so we could work on the audio separately to the video, placing the audio over a montage of footage without any overlay of sounds or clashing background noise. On top of the narration we started to put in all the footage of the location and scenery.
After that we put the interview clips in and finalised everything by trimming all the clips and smoothing out any transitions so it ran cleanly and looked professional. Before we were finished I created some opening and closing credits on Photoshop and imported them into Final Cut, sticking them at the beginning and the end of the video. Finally, we exported the file and uploaded it to Youtube.
Video and Presentation
For the video section if this module we produced a short documentary about Borough Market, highlighting how it’s becoming an increasing popular place to be for young adults looking for some good food and drink, aswell as this we talked about the history pf the market. We chose to use this market because we’ve both been here before for the photography part of this module so we were familiar with it and knew we could get some great shots there.During filming we used a VTM190 tripod, a Panasonic DVP300 camcorder and a hand-held, uni-directional microphone.
We were hugely limited with our piece because we weren’t allowed to actually shoot within the market, despite the website indicating that you were allowed for educational purposes. However given this limitation the filming process was still very successful, we managed to get some really nice establishing shots of the market and it’s beautiful scenery, seeing as we couldn’t go in the market we decided to get lots of scenic shots of the market and surrounding area’s to underpin and assist Sam’s narration. Given the circumstances we were till very happy with the footage we got.
Another strong point of the project was the editing process, we were very comfortable with using the Final Cut Pro X and the editing process was relatively stress-free. We made frequent use of the razor tool, using it to cut clips in half, it enabled us to get clean transitions as the video flicked through different shots of the market. We felt our use of narration was done successfully, by detaching the audio from the video’s we were able to work specifically on the sound levels, separate from the visuals – this enabled us to use a variety of different shots during the narration and interview.
Obviously the key improvements would come from actually being able to film in the market, arguably we should have planned further ahead and maybe tried to go again to get more footage but when we asked for permission we were turned away and told we couldn’t film in there. This also meant our footage was shorter than expected but instead of filling it with loads of random filler footage just to make it longer we’d go for quality over quantity. Ideally we would get another person to interview aswell however on the day everyone we asked declined to be filmed.
In this section of the module we have to make an app, again around the theme of London Markets. To get a better understanding of how we could incorporate the themes of ‘Markets’ into a Mobile Application we researched some applications. We planned to do a directory of London markets for our app so these are the applications we looked at in our research.
American Farmers Market – iNVASIVECODE. 2016. American Farmers Market. Version 2.2. Mobile app. [Accessed 8th February 2016]
Dubai Marketing Directory – AnythingDubai.com. 2015. Dubai Marketing Directory. Version 1.0. Mobile app. [Accessed 8th February 2016]
Nigeria’s Business Directory – Mocality.com. 2012. Nigeria Business Directory. Version 0.70.13414.17619. Mobile app. [Accessed 8th February 2016]
Designing the Logo and Planning for our App
Each person in our group was allocated a specific role, I assumed the design
responsibilities so created a logo for our App on Photoshop. I was also responsible for choosing the colour theme’s, which were consistent with the logo, and finding appropriate pictures to use in our design. When finding pictures to use I had to ensure I used images that were free to use for educational and commercial purposes so I got the images from a website which had hundreds of free-to-use photo’s – I will talk about this further in a later post.
Storyboards and Wire-Frame
In the planning stage of production we created a storyboard and wire-frame. The storyboard depicts the scenario in which, and how, our app would be used in a real-life setting and the wire-frame is when we drew by-hand a plan on the layout of each page of our app.
The storyboard depicts the scenario in which our app would be used. The person wants to buy some fresh fruit but doesn’t know where to go so she downloads Markets4You, a directory of loads of markets in London. Once the app is downloaded she loads the app, selects Fruit & Veg markets where she’s given a list of all the makets in London where she can buy fresh fruit. She picks one, finds out where it is and heads to the market.
Here is the wire-frame plan for our app.
We developed the app using AppFurnace. The first page we crated was our title page as this will be the firt thing people see when they load the app. The title page has the logo large in the centre of the screen, it stays like that for four secons before loading the menu page. We thought about having a button directing the user to the menu page instead of it automatically loading however we found this style was used effectively in a lot of apps, particularly the ones we looked at in our research.
The menu page had a smaller version of the logo in the centre but this time the page was divided into four corners. Each corner was a button directing the user to a specific category of markets. The four categories and pictures were clothing markets, food markets, antiques markets and farmers markets. We wanted our app to be versatile and expansive and we felt these categorised most markets in London.
Now we had to create the pages for each different category of markets. The app uses a simple lay-out, offering a listed directory of all the markets in London within that catgory, including information about the market and where to find it. Each page had a back button leading the user back to the menu page.
Designing the App
As mentioned earlier, I was in charge of the design side of production. The theme used the same colour scheme as the logo, keeping things consistent I used dark red/burgundy, dark blue and white. The white was used as the background colour for the pages with text to ensure it was easy to read, it looked a bit too plain being just white so I decided to use the same faded spotted pattern I used in the lap-top in the background, just to make it a bit more visually appealing.
The four images I used on the menu-page had to be free to use for educational and commercial purposes so there was no legal issues in regard to copyright. With this in ind I got the images from Pixabay which was a website which allowed photographers to upload their photo’s as free for commercial use, with no legal attribution required.
Braxmeier, H. (2015) Clothing. Available at: https://pixabay.com/en/clothing-colorful-selection-1117314/ (Accessed: 8th February 2016)
Phochiangrak, W. (2014) Food. Available at: https://pixabay.com/en/food-japanese-asian-715542/ (Accessed: 8th February 2016)
Lutz, J. (2016) Market. Available at: https://pixabay.com/en/market-vegetables-healthy-1089891/ (Accessed: 8th February 2016)
Mai U. (2015) Luggage. Available at: https://pixabay.com/en/luggage-stack-vintage-boxes-old-646311/ (Accessed: 8th February 2016)
Project Evaluation + Presentation
For this project we had to develop an App using AppFurnace, around the theme of London Markets. We decided to make an app which acted as a directory of all the markets in London and how to find them. Our app was aimed at tourists so we wanted to make it very simple to use, with this in mind our app organised all the markets into four categories: food markets, clothing markets, farmers markets and antiques markets. We wanted our app to cover a broad range of markets as it was aimed at tourists who want to explore London.
I felt the colours we used worked very well together, making it easy and simple to read, and using the colours of the British flag with our target audience of tourists in mind. The theme is consistent in the market and logo which makes our app seem professional and clean. The use of the dark blue text on the white background made the text very easy to read which is what we wanted to achieve because if the user is strolling around a busy London they’re going to need something that’s quick and easy to read and use.
The developing process of our app was very successful, all the buttons directed the user to the correct place and there was no holes or errors in the coding. The app ran smoothly and was quick and easy to use like we wanted. We wanted the directory to cover as many markets as possible so I think another strong point of our app is the number of markets the user can choose from.
There were a few things that we felt would have improved the app. First of all, even though we wanted the app to be simple, we could have included a small bit of information about each marker. Had we have had more time we would have improved the app by embedding a Google Maps script into the app, so users can get live directions to each market. However, given the time constraints of the piece we didn’t have enough time to work out how to do this as we wanted our app to run effectively on a simple level first and foremost.
We also encountered a problem with the development in that there was a gap at the bottom of each page, depending on the size of the device you were using. For example on my smaller iPhone 4 you couldn’t see the gap but on a Samsung Galaxy, which had a larger screen, there was a gap at the bottom. We couldn’t work out how to solve this so to compromise we just ensured it was the same colour as the page background so it didn’t stand out as much.
Introduction (Photography) – Exploring Texture, pattern, Shape and Tone
In Week 8 we moved from Sound Production to Photography. In the first session we were introduced to the project and we went over basic photography knowledge. We were organised into small groups and sent out to practice shooting with DSLR, we had to take photos which depicted texture, pattern, shape and tone.
A photographer I admire
I really like the work of Tyson Williams, particularly his New York City series. He shot this series in black and white on a Fuji X-Pro1 and a Fujifilm XF 35mm F/1.4 R lens. He states that there was no post-production, the photo’s just came straight from the camera.
I really like how even though the photo’s are in black and white he hasn’t used too much contrast or exposure, in my opinion it makes the picture come together as a whole as no one color or shade stands out too heavily. Tyson said the series is “about the raw city [New York] as it is with its streets, people and architecture.” and in my opinion this is why he’s done this as it helps to represent New York as a whole, in a raw gritty way. In his shots where there is people, the people aren’t the subject nor are they posed they are just going about their day, I think this is also how Tyson has tried to capture New York in it’s rawest, truest form.
I also really like how he uses patterns and symmetry to capture architecture.
(Tyson Williams, 2014, http://www.tysonwilliams.com/journal/2014/8/30/new-york-city-35mm-f14-series)
Work In Progress
Me and Sam brainstormed some ideas for our photography series. We knew we wanted to do something within the crime genre so these were the idea’s we came up with.
Idea 1 – A stabbing or murder where we build up a sense of mystery and drama throughout the series, maybe in a gritty black and white film-noir style.
Idea 2 – A shoplifter or burglary and during the series we depict the criminals arrest.
Final idea – Our final idea was to open on an establishing shot of a market, then show a person stealing things, buying drugs and smoking. Our idea was to portray them as just an evil criminal to begin with but on the concluding shot we’d show that she was homeless. We hoped this conclusion would surprise people a bit more and evoke some empathy. We wanted to raise the question of whether crime could ever be justified?
Work In Progress 2
We decided to use Borough Market as the location for our shoot because it’s a very recognised market in London that sells a variety of products so we thought we’d have a lot of different shots to choose from. Today we went out and took the photos, all the shots are uploaded below. The shoot was quite successful, a lot of the shots we were happy with straight away and only took one or two shots. Our establishing shot was the most difficult to get right because it took a while to experiment with different apertures and focus’s to get the right balance between the Borough Market sign, the shard in the background and the people walking around the market. It would have been impossible to get the right focus and light to highlight all of these so we experimented until we could something we were happy with.
Final Photos and the Editing Process
The title and theme of our series was ‘Displaced’ .
To try and connote displacement our series follows a women stealing from Borough Market, through depicting crime, alcoholism and smoking we wanted the viewer to think she was just a ‘bad person’ or criminal. However on our concluding shot we establish that she’s homeless, leaving the viewer to question whether crime can be justified when the assailant has no choice and is displaced from society.
With the editing process I wanted to stay within the theme of displacement. First of all I made the images black and white and experiemnted with the curves, levels, contrast and exposure. I also applied a subtle noise filter to make the images look gritty, in a film-noir style. Sticking with the theme of displacement I picked a certain object in the background of the shot, cut around the object, created a new layer and gave it a pale blue colour. We chose the colour blue because it typically connotes sadness and we wanted to evoke certain emotions and questions with our piece.
Our photo series was titled ‘Displaced’ – the narrative followed a young women committing crimes, hinting at addiction and alcoholism, at first you’d just presume she was a criminal but our concluding shot established that she was in fact homeless, raising the question of whether can ever be justified?
I was really happy with the series, I enjoyed taking the photos and was confident we got some good photo’s which worked well within our narrative. The editing process was very smooth and I think the choices we made in the editing looked good and suited our narrative. I felt the use of the gritty black and white was effective in showing the genre of our series, crime. I felt the decisions we made in the editing process allowed us to convey the themes in our sequence very well, the theme was displacement and I think the spot-colour we used worked well to denote this – I personally thought spot-colour can look quite unprofessional and ‘tacky’ if not done well so, going with the theme of displacement, I wanted to take a more subtle approach, spotcolouring objects in the background. I believe the colours we usedsuited the narrative, we wanted our piece to be somewhat sad and thought-provoking, we felt the black and white worked well to convey this and we used the colour blue when we spot-coloured because it typically conveys sadness and emotion.
I think the main thing we could have done to improve the piece was to make a greater effort to make the subject look more homeless, we felt this slightly hindered the professionalism of our photo’s as she’s wearing an expensive scarf and boots, which you’re quite unlikely to see a genuine homeless person wearing. I think that, through other creative decisions, it was still clear she was meant to be homeless so I dont think this limited the overall success of our piece too much. Another small thing I would improve is the third photo in which both a banana and some text on a sign are spot-coloured, colouring two objects was inconsistent with the rest of the photo’s so if I was to go back I would rectify this.
In the Media Production module of this course we are required to create four pieces of media – a piece of photography, video, sound and mobile media ; all with the same genre, markets. I was first assigned the practice of sound. In this particular field we are required to create a five minute audio piece, using vocal and ambient noise which we are to record and process ourselves using a Tascam DR-100 and a Digital Audio Workstation, in this instance Adobe Audition. I will discuss these devices and how I experimented with them to create my piece at a later point in this blog.
I have a rudimentary knowledge of audio production from being in a band, we record and produce all our own songs so I have picked up a basic understanding which I am excited to develop and broaden throughout the project.
Choosing My Market
As mentioned in my previous post my audio piece has to be within the genre of markets. After considering ideas such as Camden Market or Brick Lane, I decided I wanted my piece to be about something I have an interest in. So instead of doing mine on a physical market, I have chosen to do my piece on the Vinyl market. I used to collect records myself and I am fascinated by the surge in the market recently. Vinyl sales have reached millions for the first time, there’s record stores opening all over the UK and even Tesco has started stocking records in some of their store’s. For what was seemingly an archaic, analogue music format, there has been a huge rise in popularity, in an almost entirely digital age. My piece is going to be investigatory, I plan to interview a record store owner, a band member and a record label and ask them why they think records are coming back and what it means to them.
Getting Familiar With The Tascam DR-100
In our second Sound lecture I was introduced to the equipment I had to record my audio with. The Tascam DR-100 will enable us to record to a higher, professional standard – offering two omni-directional microphones and two cardioid microphones. Aswell as this it has two XLR connectors which can also offer +48V phantom power if we wanted to record with condenser microphones. Being able to record high-quality stereo and mono audio is imperative if we are to create a piece to a professional standard.
The device can be powered by lithium ion batteries or AA batteries and records sound to an SD card. You can record in MP3 or WAV, the audio needs to be high-quality so it is important I record in a lossless audio format, so I will ensure I always record WAV files. WAV is the best format to use as it is completely uncompressed audio – with MP3 files the audio is compressed meaning a significant amount of data is lost, lowering the quality. The only limitation to WAV files is they take up a lot of memory, which is why in some scenarios MP3 is preferred.
When you are ready to record it is important to first check the Input and Recording settings are correct, you can do this by going through the menu. It is important to check you are recording to the correct format and using a high mic gain so more sound is taken by the microphones. It is also important to be aware of whether you are recording stereo or mono audio, we were advised that stereo is the best for ambient noise and mono is the best for interviews or speech, particularly when using an external microphone. If I have output set to stereo when recording using an XLR mic, you will only be able to hear the audio out of one side, it will be entirely panned left or right. To begin recording simply press RECORD, the light will flash whilst it is recording. Once you are finished simply press STOP and the file will be saved to the SD card.
Whilst recording it is also important to keep an eye on the levels of the audio. If the output signals are too high they will peak, which distorts the audio. This is why we were recommended to use a pop shield, particularly when recording in windy conditions. Gusts of air hitting the microphone can cause a very large output signal which can create a popping sound. Pop shields are a piece of foam or mesh which go around the microphones meaning large gusts of wind wont interfere with the audio. It is also to consider this in interviews because if the microphone is too close to the speaker, plosive sounds can have the same effect.
When conducting interviews we are to use an external, dynamic microphone, which can be connected to the Tascam via the two locking XLR connectors at the bottom of the device. As mentioned in my previous post it is important the output is set to mono as opposed to stereo. Mono sound uses a single channel of audio output, and stereo sound uses two output channels making the audio seem multi-directional. I need to make sure I record in mono as recording in stereo would mean the audio would only play out of one side because it will have only recorded the input from whatever side the microphone was plugged into. If I was using two external microphones I would have to set the output to stereo but because I’m going to be conducting interviews only one is necessary. It doesn’t really matter whether you use the left or right mono input but the industry standard is typically the left side.
Microphone placement is very important to bear into consideration when conducting an interview, if the microphone is too far away the speech may be inaudible but if it’s too close the output signal may be too high causing the audio to be distorted. We were recommended to hold the mic approximately 30cm away from the speaker.
When ready to record make sure the input is set to XLR, the mic gain is set to high and the limiter/AUTO is on. The voltage should be set to +48V and internal speaking must be off. We were also advised to set the recording to unidirectional. Omnidirectional microphones receive sound from all directions so are good for recording ambient sound, but unidirectional pick up sound in one focused direction which is more appropriate when conducting an interview – using unidirectional will reduce the risk of background interference noise and make the audio more focused on the speech, which is all we want.
The content of our interview is just as important as the production. The piece needs to be to a professional standard so needs to be smooth, clean and with minimal background noise. Here are some tips we were given when preparing for the interview
– Prepare questions before-hand.
– Avoid awkward silences and gaps in conversation, these can however be edited out in Adobe Audition later on.
– Think carefully about location, you want somewhere with minimal background noise to interfere with the recording.
Recording Day 1 – Recording the Interviews
On the first day of recording I needed to record the interviews. The first thing I done in preparation was to think about and write down the questions I wanted to ask to give my an idea of how to structure the interview, and to prevent myself from running out of questions or appearing unorganized and unprofessional.
When I was ready to record the interviews and narrative I ensured I followed the guidance and tips which I outlined in my previous post about interview techniques. I spoke to a band who are releasing their music on vinyl, I spoke to a record store owner and record collectors.
Using Music (Legal constraints)
A key limitation to my piece was being unable to use recorded music due to legal reasons. With the genre of my piece being music and it being solely focused on music formats, I felt it would simply hinder how successful my piece was on reaching its audience and working with the genre, if I didn’t include recorded music in my audio piece – after all, it is about recorded music.
Because of the time and legal constraints of the piece I was unable to acquire rights for any recorded music to be played, using them would have been a breach of copyright laws. In order to get around this issue, I decided to write and record my own music for the piece. I’ll go into the details of how I done this in my next blog post.
Recording Day 3 – Recording music and samples
As mentioned in my previous post legal constraints meant I wasn’t able to use recorded music in my piece which, given the audience and purpose of my audio piece , would have hindered it’s success massively. To overcome this problem I decided to write and record my own music to have in the piece.
Using the Tascam and a dynamic XLR mic positioned by the speakers in my amplifier, I recorded myself playing guitar. I was going to use my effect pedals to put effects on the guitar to make it sound better but I decided it would be better to add these effects in post-production.
In my piece you hear vinyl crackling in the background and the sound of a record starting and scratching. To record this piece I used the Tascam and the OMNI-directional microphones, I positioned the Tascam by the speakers of my record player and recorded the sounds, ready to sample in my piece.
Editing my Piece
I’ve never used Audition before so I was slightly nervous about having to use it at the same time however I was fairly confident with other recording software from being in a band so I felt somewhat comfortable once I knew my way around the interface. Howard also gave sessions where he explained how to use certain parts of the program so this helped me also.
When editing my piece the first thing I had to do was import the audio files and rename so they could be easily identified.I had to individually trim and edit the different audio clips I needed and then had to load them in a multi-track session, ready to piece the soundbites together and start post-production.
When mixing the audio I needed to ensure the levels were the same throughout the piece, the best way to do this is through tweaking the EQ and using compressors.
I wanted to add some effects to the guitar I recorded, I was comfortable doing this as I was used to doing this all the time, but mainly via effect pedals which I use live whilst playing. The first thing I done was applied reverberation, I tried to recreate a hall reverb sound using Audition, I also applied an echo aswell. I also applied some modulation effects, using a chorus and phaser preset. I experimented with using a delay but felt it to be too much, I use an analog delay along with all the other effects I mentioned live but the delay preset on Auditon was too overpowering and made the effects sound messy.
Finished Piece ‘Vinyl’
Here is my finished piece, ‘Vinyl’
I am satisfied with my finished piece, I feel I achieved my purpose whilst meeting my audience whilst managing to confidently explore different sound production techniques such as interviews, sampling, production and more. However there a few things I would improve in my project. Mainly I would want to improve the mixing of the levels, at points the background music and samples are too loud, there are also a few fluctuations in the levels so I would even these out. There a few ‘gaps’ in the audio which I would remove to improve the piece.