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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:51 pm

I'm always pleased to hear of collaborations between the realms of visual and audio art, and here's a good example:

"Andreas Gurksy’s new exhibition, Not Abstract II, currently on display at the Gagosian gallery in New York, is influenced by two distinctly non-figurative schools of North American art. One is abstract expressionism – and the other is techno."

"The Canadian DJ and techno producer Richie Hawtin, also known as Plastikman, composed a dedicated electronic, sound installation for Not Abstract, and has adapted and updated the piece for Not Abstract II."

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Lots more here, including Richie's audio in action: http://www.gagosian.com/exhibitions/and ... 2016/audio


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Sun Jan 29, 2017 6:07 pm

This video is part inspirational, and part a commentary on our modern culture, but I think it fits into this thread perfectly:

"Huang’s breakout film Doll Face is equal parts inventive and unsettling, acting as a searing (if not exactly subtle) critique of the influence TV has on our self-image."

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Now enjoy the video itself:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl6hNj1uOkY


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Agharta » Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:46 pm

Martin Walker wrote:OK - this installation is even more brutal, although the piano was actually rescued from destruction, so we'll let the artist off ;)

Kathy Hinde transforms the inside of an old upright piano into a kinetic sound sculpture. Video projections move across the surface of the piano strings, triggering small machines to twitch and flutter causing the strings to resonate. The video is visually akin to a musical score or piano roll, and this installation can also become the site for a live performance.

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I'm surprised that Steinway are using Yodel to deliver their pianos but not surprised they left it in a skip in this state. :bouncy:
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:46 pm

Between Tension and Echoes: The Sonic Spaces of Rubén D’Hers

"modified birdcages, table, strings, piezos, transducer, amp, motor and macaw feather."

Intrigued?

Have a listen ;)




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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:47 pm

The wondrous creations of Tobias Gremmler

Behold the creative collaboration between Tobias Gremmler with Stuart and Mark from The Partners, who developed this innovative concept for the visual identity of LSO.

London Symphony Orchestra - Visualizing Motion and Music



Lots more inspiring content at Tobias' web site: http://www.syncon-d.com/


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:49 pm

Want to get your head into the right place for making some electronic music?

Why not try this Bladerunner Atmosphere

Just leave it running in the background while you get into the mood

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Click here to start: http://bladerunner.nuhack.com/?v=2


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:38 am

Sometimes the only way to create new sounds is to design your own instruments, and here's someone who took that route in the biggest way.

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

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Click here to enjoy them in action: www.youtube.com/watch?v=c__xzSfQA5g


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:27 pm

This Musical Instrument Tracks Cryptocurrencies in Real Time

“[The] constantly changing currency rate of Bitcoin against major world currencies is influencing the strain of strings in installation and the way the picks are hitting them.”

Yep, that description would put me off too, but it's well worth exploring this video, as the sounds themselves are mind-bogglingly good in my opinion! :thumbup: :shock: 8-)




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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:30 pm

Now I may be a little biased in this particular case, but I nevertheless think this is STUNNING work - Behold The Installation "Glitch Robot" - Sonic Robots

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"Glitch Robot" is a robotic music instrument dedicated to glitch sounds. Sounds from the in-between of error and prediction, little sounds that are amplified, small sounds made big. The installation uses old hard disks, metallic tongues, relays and other mechanic devices to create sound textures that are used in electronic music - with robots!"

Click here to see and hear everything in motion: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjTHArshaBM

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 8-)


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:35 pm

Sonic Robots really do deserve a second post, so after you've digested the mechanical detail of the previous one, do get stuck into Sonic Robots playing live at the ICAS festival in Dresden 2015

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Get ready for your head to start nodding after clicking here ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BREJqSzeRjs

Lots more for the experimenter at their web site here: http://www.sonicrobots.com


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby ManFromGlass » Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:12 pm

The Blade Runner site above says it has been suspended. Big Brother no like Blade Runner? :smirk:
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:07 pm

ManFromGlass wrote:The Blade Runner site above says it has been suspended. Big Brother no like Blade Runner? :smirk:

Yes, the site has been knobbled. What a shame! :thumbdown:


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:51 pm

Now this is truly inspirational - an Electro-mechanical drawing machine from the ever-resourceful ::vtol::

"The electropollock has been designed as an homage to American expressionist painter Jackson Pollock, famous for his energetic drip painting works. Morozov's electromechanical creation employs a similar method to get paint onto the rolling "canvas," but the end result is determined by music fed into the system."



Now that's clever stuff!


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Sat Apr 01, 2017 2:53 pm

Extreme Music's Lab Rat Recordings Presents Chas Smith

LA composer & instrument builder Chas Smith translated his experience with construction welding construction into making unique instruments. It should be of interest to anyone fascinated by unique instruments and sound design.

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Chas Smith’s sculptures were also used as sound sources for Hans Zimmer’s Man Of Steel soundtrack! Hear his story (and his instruments) here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g17RWwSBZ5U


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:35 pm

Ooh - the sounds from this Dronemachine IX are stunning, and the build is SO inventive!!

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Designed and built by Belgian musician Quentin Stinglhamber, it uses the coil of an electric fan as it’s pickup, with an additional piezo pickup at the far end. Two knobs control the levels between the 2 pickups and one for volume. The strings are excited by a small piece of string attached to a motor while the pitch is controlled and bent in a variety of different ways.

Just listen to this in action! 8-) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qK6pA9VVjnI


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:15 pm

Now this is not only a huge inspiration for sound designers, but has also just been released as a DIY kit 8-)

Today at Superbooth 2017 LeafAudio announced that they will release a new experimental instrument. Microphonic will be available currently only as DIY Kit in the LeafAudio workshops at SuperBooth but after they will offer more workshops with this awesome device. After using this awesome instrument long time in their own music production, the company decided to release it as a commercial product, and just listen to the results! :thumbup:

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Now click here and listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pag-VZrtayU

Good or what? (and don't say what ;) )


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:41 pm

Machine Turns Color Waves Into Sounds for the Colorblind

"Designer Christopher Yamane has developed a device that will help people born with a condition called achromatopsia see colors by involving their sense of hearing. Achromatopsia is a rare and often-misunderstood medical syndrome which causes the inability to see color. The Wassiliscope induces a kind of artificial synesthesia, a condition in which people experience one sense as a different sense – seeing sounds, for instance."

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Now hear this fascinating machine in action, turning colour into sound:




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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Wed May 03, 2017 3:28 pm

Now here's something rather different to inspire the sound designers amongst us:

'Swamp Orchestra' from bojana petkovic

"This is an example of the complex, multi-layered interplay between nature and machine, human intervention and artifice. The installation’s programming and electronics, according to her, are excellent examples of this.

Each light that shines above the modules represents a “personal conductor,” an oscillator controlled by an Arduino. This enables endless variations of composing the peace but also allows the participant to slow down and notice the subtleties of the composition."




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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Wed May 17, 2017 3:07 pm

Robert Henke (aka Monolake) is a very well known musician with a shed-load of albums to his credit, but his installations are also stunning. Most of these works are also constructed by using algorithmic or stochastic processes in realtime to create never repeating, constantly changing experiences.

Behold 'Spline', whose design is as follows:

"120 meters of thin fabric are suspended from the ceiling to form a curved curtain. Four lasers in the corners of the room each project sixteen sharp beams of light onto it. The curtain’s shape has been calculated using the mathematical principle of spline interpolation. By tracing the surface with the laser beams, a complex geometric figure of 64 intersecting lines emerges, built of light and fog. Movements are synchronised with sonic events. Sound and lasers are controlled in realtime by an algorithmic process, creating an infinite number of variations over the course of the exhibition period."




As I said, stunning! 8-)


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Thu May 25, 2017 8:39 pm

Now here's a classic (and successful) attempt at creating a new instrument specifically targeted at horror music/FX

Horror Musical Instrument - The Apprehension Engine

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"created by Canadian guitar maker Tony Duggan-Smith as a “one off” for Mark Korven, who is best known for his soundtrack work on The VVitch.

The unit has a hurdy-gurdy-like mechanism, along with a spring reverb, suspended metal parts which can be used percussively or played with a bow, and a string which can be played with an Ebow. The echoey sounds coaxed from this machine are other-worldly and much more terrifyingly organic than similar tonalities which may be produced digitally through synthesis. "

Now hear it in action, but make sure you check under the bed and behind the sofa first:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzk-l8Gm0MY


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