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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Sat Jan 09, 2016 6:35 pm

Coagula to the rescue again, this time courtesy of Aphex Twin, who managed to incorporate an image of his own face into a composition (jump to 5:33 to see the offending image)




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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:11 pm

OK. For those who haven't yet explored the origins of famous film sound effects, here's a goldmine of inspiration to get stuck into:

http://oneperfectshotdb.com/news/a-journey-into-sound-the-origins-of-classic-sound-effects/

Example: "The sound of bullets hitting the T-1000 in TERMINATOR 2 is actually a drinking cup with weight added and dropped into yogurt."


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby tea for two » Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:36 pm

These should form part of curriculum would fire kids creativity.


There's a report recognising shortage of engineering , tech skills in UK.
It's partly cause Kids creativity aren't fired up in schools, colleges.
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:48 pm

As a sound designer, I love toy pianos for their clicks, creaks, and motorised whirrings, which can sound both charming and sinister:




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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby tea for two » Tue Jan 19, 2016 11:40 pm

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FLT3Cb96-Mk
Rachel Flowers - Tarkus with Emerson's Modular Moog

Rachel is blind.

http://www.rachelflowersmusic.com
"Rachel Flowers was born on December 21, 1993.
Arriving 15 weeks premature, she lost her eyesight as an infant due to Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP).

When Rachel was two years old, in order to discourage her from banging on their ancient piano with her toys,
Rachel's mother showed her how to play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star."
Rachel picked it up immediately, and was soon working out for herself every song she heard."



http://www.thatericalper.com/2014/03/23/keith-emerson-gives-...
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=x7qujZpMHbA
Keith Emerson regarding Rachel.


http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9RvBMHXLGms
Rachel with Dweezil Zappa and the Zappa Plays Zappa Band.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-MxupqIbyqU
Rachel covering Joe Satriani's Flying in a Blue Dream
Sheer delight.
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Jan 20, 2016 4:45 pm

Amazing, just amazing - that Dweezil Zappa link is particularly jaw-dropping.


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Folderol » Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:12 pm

Stunning. This girl makes you take a step back and reconsider all your little gripes and grouses.

Oh, and I think I've just spent about an hour going through all the youtube vids!
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Jan 21, 2016 8:26 pm

Folderol wrote:Stunning. This girl makes you take a step back and reconsider all your little gripes and grouses.

Oh, and I think I've just spent about an hour going through all the youtube vids!

I did the same :beamup:


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Sun Jan 24, 2016 5:01 pm

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Japanese experimental artist Ei Wada, who breathes new life into old TV picture tubes. He utilizes their electromagnetic properties to transform light into sound and back again. When he touches the screens, this triggers a fascinating audio & video performance in which his hands and his whole body serve as pseudo-antennas. The old-fashioned picture tube TVs and a video recorder become percussion instruments, light synthesizer and VJ/DJ equipment all rolled into one. Thus, devices that have lost their original function can be used in a new way.




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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby rminsk » Tue Jan 26, 2016 8:13 am

Folderol wrote:Stunning. This girl makes you take a step back and reconsider all your little gripes and grouses.

Oh, and I think I've just spent about an hour going through all the youtube vids!
For real inspiration you should listen to Rachel Flowers SoundCloud page. Every sound on that page was made by Rachel. Keyboards, flute, guitar, bass, drums (on a synth), and vocals were played by her. She usually records and mixes down the tracks in one or two days.
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Sun Feb 28, 2016 4:03 pm

You may disagree with some of the choices, but this is nevertheless a fascinating collection entitled 'Top 10 Best Sound Designed Films of All Time':




Enjoy!


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby tea for two » Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:36 pm

Diego Stocco

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FXtWs1VZaI4
song using the ingredients in  GOLEAN® cereal.


bonsai tree
lightbulb, pant, piano
light, trees, piano
coffee
leaves, turntable
green sea


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Far Cry Primal
Jason Graves scored Far Cry Primal partly utilising sound sources that would have been available then
- bones, rocks, wood
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Mar 14, 2016 3:57 pm

Diego is a true master of the sound designer's art :thumbup:


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:37 pm

Here's a fascinating timeline of inventions that changed the history of game sound:

www.asoundeffect.com/10-inventions-that-changed-the-history-of-game-sound/


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Zukan » Thu Mar 17, 2016 9:50 am

That's a crap article Martin. Didn't mention you once.
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Mar 17, 2016 4:40 pm

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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Mar 23, 2016 4:36 pm

Now if you want some new sounds, why not invent your own instrument?

www.darkroastedblend.com/2007/09/unusual-musical-instruments_04.html


Kalimba made from lamp parts and an ashtray:

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Then of course you could always make a drum kit from cheese:

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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Sun Mar 27, 2016 4:51 pm

Now here's a totally inspiring video showing how Harry Bertoia (RIP) creates stunning new sounds with his Sonambient Sculpture:



Lots more about him here:

www.harrybertoia.org/sonambient.html

"He could take the softest breezes across a field...and anchor them in a metal base, and the hard metals would move in such a manner as to replicate
the soft wheat field."
-Julie Longacre


Wonderful stuff! :thumbup:


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby tea for two » Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:34 pm

Martin Walker wrote:


Then of course you could always make a drum kit from cheese:

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:bouncy:





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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Mar 28, 2016 4:16 pm

OK - moving on to more esoteric sound art installations now, as while some of them (in my humble opinion) are a triumph of arts-funding over talent, others are truly fascinating.

Here's one that caught my eye, created by John Wynne, entitled 'Grave':

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www.sensitivebrigade.com/Grave.htm

"The sound consists of a complex feedback field created by 3 sources within the cabinet: the frequencies of the feedback are determined by the resonant frequencies of the enclosure and are modulated by the ticking of the mechanical metronome. One feedback loop is created by the microphone / camera / projector, and this is supplemented by two tiny hearing aids lying beneath the violin. The noise gates within the hearing aids ensure that their sound, which feeds into the microphone, is itself constantly changing, making it sound not unlike a tiny violinist sawing away at the tiny violin."

Lots more about John Wynne's creations here:

www.sensitivebrigade.com/wynne.htm


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