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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Ben Asaro » Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:32 pm

Martin Walker wrote:Activating Memory, from Eduardo Miranda
A performance piece for 8 participants: a string quartet and BCMI quartet. BCMI stands for Brain Computer Music Interface.

The BCMI quartet involves four persons wearing a brain cap furnished with electrodes to read information from the brain of 4 persons. During the performance, the BCMI quartet generates musical scores to be performed by the string quartet in real-time: each member of the BCMI quartet generates an individual part for a musician of the string quartet.



The piece lasts for approximately 20 minutes and has two movements. Each time the piece is played it will sound different. Learn more about this music and research at: http://neuromusic.soc.plymouth.ac.uk/


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It's a very techy way to create generative music! Though I don't see the difference between using electrodes and a mouse!
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:48 pm

Sounding the Wood - Drop Pipes

Here's something a little different!

"Inspired by the landscape of Prior Park, Sound UK have challenged adventure play company TouchWood to make a group of ‘woodland instruments’. Nestled within Prior Park grounds the musical playground is for you to discover, explore and play."






What fun!


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby ConcertinaChap » Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:46 pm

The funny thing is I've played several times in Prior Park over the years but never on those instruments. (The Bath City Waits, with whom I play, have played in a few open air concerts there). It's a lovely place to visit and now with added instruments!

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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:37 pm

Now this may be a little contrived, but it's nevertheless an impressive audio conversion

"Brunettes Shoot Blondes designed a unique music instrument packed with a whole orchestra to perform their new song “Houston” live.

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The band brought a broken, vintage grand piano to life, by reengineering it into a hybrid, containing 20 instruments in it. The musicians came up with an idea of making a true analog apparatus which could play different instruments nested inside the rim just by playing the keys. So when pressing a key, the piano hammers beat a marimba, tambourine, cymbals or even castanets. There are also special mechanical devices that allow for the playing of cello, violins and organ."

Now watch it in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=523c7mbkt5Y


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby blinddrew » Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:24 pm

I was just about to post this! Though I found it via https://www.thisiscolossal.com - which is always worth a few minutes of your time. :)
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby ReadySaltedChris » Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:21 am

This is rather good...

https://youtu.be/14jPvnWhdNM
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Folderol » Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:54 pm

ReadySaltedChris wrote:This is rather good...

https://youtu.be/14jPvnWhdNM
:thumbup: :clap:
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby ManFromGlass » Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:57 pm

Yes! Super!
I wonder if that is dental floss they are using? I hear it works well on piano.
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:09 pm

::vtol:: mayak

Here's yet another fascinating creation from our old friend vtol

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"Mayak is an interactive sound installation consisting of four LTE-modems connected to four Wi-Fi routers. The LED responsible for the display of the Wi-Fi-based data transmission from each of the routers is connected to an Arduino board. Arduino analyses the "flashing", and triggers the synthesizer generating sounds.

To all intents and purposes, the installation represents four open Wi-Fi Internet access points. By connecting to these points, people influence, through their network activity, a rhythmic sound generation process."



"Ever since I was a child, I have adored the display of information through light-emitting diodes, green ones especially. And above all in telecommunications systems. For many years I would observe with wonder the behaviour of LEDs in network devices. One day my Wi-Fi router, which stands out due to the particularly active display of data packet transmission, led me to come up with the idea of transforming this flashing flow into something different, furthermore by the most primitive possible method of implementing it directly in the router’s hardware. I started selecting Wi-Fi routers with the most interesting data transmission interpretation algorithm, which would react rapidly and sensitively and display all developments on the network."

More info on vtol's own website here: http://vtol.cc/filter/works/mayak

I love this experimental stuff - probably not that musical, but what a source of inspiration for sound designers! :thumbup:


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby blinddrew » Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:37 am

Instant sci-fi movie backing track.
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:55 pm

Koka’s Beat Machine No. 6

"Koka's beat machines are electromechanical musical instruments, which are programmable and produce different kinds of rhythmic and melodic patterns"



Now I personally love electro-mechanical musical creations, so this is right up my street 8-)

As its name suggests, this is Koka's sixth machine of this ilk. Here's a behind-the-scenes video showing the building of the one that started it all:



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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby blinddrew » Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:16 pm

love those! :)
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Sun Mar 24, 2019 3:45 pm

RITUAL for a 3D Printer

"RITUAL for a 3D Printer is an electroacoustic musical piece composed for a machine.
This work is another turn on investigating some essential aspects of musical expression and examining dramaturgic potential of mechanical objects.
Monotonous motion, repetitive evolvement, irregularly pulsing passages and then straightened rhythmical patterns, all are silhouettes and shadows of different rituals."



Far out! (yet highly sophisticated) - love it :clap:


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:38 pm

Celestina FX, by David Scheidler

"mechanical stepe sequencer based on the concept of a roller organ controlls midinotes and customised sample software."



This one I absolutely love! 8-)


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby ManFromGlass » Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:36 am

and it looks fantastic too!
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Eddy Deegan » Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:00 am

I have very much enjoyed, and taken inspiration from, some of these links Martin.

Thank you :thumbup:
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:12 pm

Eddy Deegan wrote:I have very much enjoyed, and taken inspiration from, some of these links Martin.

Thank you :thumbup:

My pleasure Eddy - I spend a lot of time tracking down interesting links for the Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer and the Innovative sounds & recording methods threads, and I can assure you that I also get huge enjoyment and inspiration from them all 8-)


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:51 pm

Strange Musical Instruments Never Seen Before - Man Invents Hundreds of them - The Anarchestra

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"The Anarchestra is set up as an interactive art installation that the public gets to play. It can be tuned all to the same key making it hard to hit the wrong notes. You don't have to be a good musician to play it. "

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c__xzSfQA5g

This is something else! :o


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby blinddrew » Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:58 pm

That is seriously impressive!
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Folderol » Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:18 am

Delightfully nuts :bouncy: :lol:
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