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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Tue May 29, 2018 2:46 pm

Sam Grant - Prime Rhythms / Piano No.1

"Prime Rhythms / Piano No. 1 is a sound sculpture built and composed by Grant in response to the paintings of James Hugonin. Shown as part of Hugonin's most recent exhibition, Binary Rhythm: Paintings 2010 - 2015, the work uses a reconditioned piano with a purpose built mechanism that incorporates prime numbers to inform a score. The music reflects the timbre and musicality of Hugonin’s work while the prime numbers - expressed as teeth on a series of cogs - explore the deterministic nature of systems as a juxtaposition to the artist’s expression."

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Now hear it in action: www.youtube.com/watch?v=V34ai4h_Rqs

I'm not convinced by the resulting musicality, but the mechanical creativity is in no doubt :clap:


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby blinddrew » Tue May 29, 2018 3:07 pm

I think that's rather pleasant musically actually, as well as fascinating visually. :)
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby 3rdConstruction » Wed May 30, 2018 1:31 am

Beautiful!
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:37 pm

Dato DUO

"The Dato DUO is a synthesiser and sequencer designed for two to people to play at the same time – and requires little musical talent to use. The perfect instrument for two synth nerds on a first date, it has two oscillators, one pulse and one sawtooth; an eight-step sequencer; pentatonic keyboard; various outputs and inputs (for guitar pedals and other equipment); and, just as importantly, it looks like the most pleasing toy you never got for Christmas."

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgyAASXtZj8

What fun!


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:44 pm

„Santa Melodica Orchestra“

"The ‘Santa Melodica Orchestra’ is a sound performance for twenty-five performers, melodicas, cable tubes and balloons. While playing, each performer swings their instrument at a certain speed. Together they create an arpeggio effect, that constantly changes due shifts in speed, turning the performers into a continually transforming kinetic organism"




Now as a sound designer myself, I really like this one - I only wish we could all experience its moving spatial aspect!


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby blinddrew » Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:53 pm

You just need to find 24 friends with melodicas... ;)
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby ManFromGlass » Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:04 pm

Too bad the video isn't 360 visual and audio. That would be fun!
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:18 pm

The Musician Playing Actual Trash

"Ken Butler is a Brooklyn-based artist and musician who has built over 400 musical instruments. But these aren't just any custom-built instruments. Butler builds his pieces from discarded items he finds on the streets of New York City. Hockey sticks, tennis rackets, brooms, golf clubs, pieces of furniture, styrofoam, toothbrushes: all are fair game for his masterpieces. It's musique concrète... jungle."

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Now hear the instruments in action: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKzflCztXd4

More info here at Ken's own site: https://kenbutler.squarespace.com/about/


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby blinddrew » Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:08 pm

I love the viola-case cello, it's a bit meta! :)
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:10 pm

'The Enlightenment'

Italian sound designers Fabio Di Salvo and Bernardo Vercelli of The Quiet Ensemble, presnet a concert by an orchestra of 96 high-powered strobes, headlights, and neon lamps.

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"Each lamp in Salvo and Vercelli’s 96-light orchestra was fitted with its own copper coil, allowing it to receive various electrical currents at programmed intervals. The electromagnetic fields they produced were then captured by a sensor, also attached to each lamp, which turned currents into sounds."

"But the electrical buzz alone was not quite worthy of a symphonic performance—this is where Salvo and Vercelli entered the scene. Moving seamlessly between each of their makeshift orchestra members, the artists modified and amplified each lamp’s electric emissions in real time. Through these helping human hands, each burst of sunburnt light and every blurry ray of bluish electricity was transformed into The Enlightenment’s rhythmic, robotic symphony."



Most illuminating!


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:28 pm

jonathan sparks invents loop-based instrument using color and gesture

‘nomis’ is a musical instrument by jonathan sparks that reinvents the way that producers and artists interact with MIDI boards. using a combination of arduino, max MSP, and ableton live, the device is able to loop and display melodies that help construct the creative process



It certainly looks good when played live! 8-)


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby blinddrew » Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:00 pm

Why do I suspect it might not sound quite like that if I was behind it? ;)
I love the simplicity of the interface though - looks like it would be easy* to replicate as a VST instrument?


* Not easy for me! Easy for someone clever.
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:48 pm

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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