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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:00 pm

It' always fascinating to read an interview with the sound designers involved on a blockbuster film project, so here's a timely one about Alien:Covenant

"Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien: Covenant’ is the latest installment in the legendary, genre-defining sci-fi franchise.

And this exclusive A Sound Effect interview gets you the inside-story behind the sound for the much-awaited movie, as told by Oscar-nominated supervising sound editor/sound designer Oliver Tarney and sound designer Michael Fentum.

Here, they discuss their approach to sound design on Alien: Covenant, from building on original Alien sound concepts to creating new sounds for the Neomorph, the Covenant ship, the radio transmissions from the Prometheus, and more."

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https://www.asoundeffect.com/alien-covenant-sound/


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:04 pm

Now here's a novel new source of audio from one of our old favourites, the inimitable ::vtol::

How to Turn a Tattoo Into an Experimental Instrument

"The device consists of arduino nano, a metal railing, hand controllers, and a black line sensor (on the tattoo). It then moves up and down the arm using a stepper motor to emit sound. The mechanism also includes a Nintendo Wii controller that uses an Open Sound Control mechanism to add more sounds when moved by the hand.

The tattoo is specifically designed to contain "the maximum number of variable time slots between [sensor] triggers." The speed of the sensors can be controlled manually, giving an infinite number of reading patterns, and thus a variety of noises or even rhythms. "



Flex those pecs and make some music!


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:58 pm

Rhythm Necklace - Geometric Sequencer, By Sam Tarakajian

Here's a natty little iOS app for generating complex beats using geometric shapes:

Rhythm necklaces are circular representations of repeating patterns. The Rhythm Necklace iOS app is a musical sequencer for exploring the geometry of rhythm necklaces, and for experimenting with generating rhythms algorithmically.




And here's where you can find out more: http://rhythmnecklace.com/


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby slewin49 » Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:05 pm

And just in case I'm not the only one who will have nothing to do with iOS don't forget that you can get something very similar with good old XronoMorph https://www.dynamictonality.com/xronomorph.htm

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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:43 pm

Thanks Steve - that one managed to elude me when it was released :headbang:

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Even better, it's a free download (donationware) for both PC and Mac:

www.dynamictonality.com/xronomorph.htm


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:25 pm

Flamenco, from Andreas Trobollowitsch

Ooh I do enjoy the more bizarre end of the sound designing world :thumbup:

Have a look (and listen) to this fascinating concoction from Andreas Trobollowitsch, using multiple acoustic guitars strung on wires 8-)




Wonderful sound eh? :angel:


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby blinddrew » Sat Jul 08, 2017 10:30 pm

I knew there was a reason I had all these guitars.
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:17 pm

Now this is a rather bizarre use of quarter-inch tape, but rather inspired nevertheless

Stephen Cornford's For Violin, Viola and Tape features a loop of quarter-inch tape threaded over the strings of a violin and viola, driven by a reel-to-reel machine which records onto one side what its plastic backing is playing a few feet away.

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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:15 pm

Now I really do like a novel twist, and this installation certainly qualifies.

"The sound installation consists of seven solar powered bass organ pipe units interacting on the brightness of the sun to control the loudness of the sound. Each organ pipe unit is also catching the wind with 5 small sails and a system of pulley wheels and counter weights for pitching each organ pipe by a moving valve."

Created by Ronald van der Meijs, its title is also the geographic location of the installation

53°18’02.3”N 5°05’12.0”E

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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby blinddrew » Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:51 am

Very interesting, does look rather like Darth Vader is about to land though... :)
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:31 pm

"You Can Play These Giant Sculptures Like Musical Instruments"

FINGER POWER! was created by LET’S, a Seattle-based art collective that includes
Peter Lynch, Courtney Barnebey and Andy Arkley.




"To make the music, Lynch records in Ableton Live with a combination of live instruments, synthesizers, and sampling, manipulating all of these sounds in various ways. Lynch then runs Ableton in the background, with each sample routed to a dedicated button on the sculpture. Each button, as Lynch explains, is essentially a sample trigger, which lines the triggered element up on the 8th or 16th note, synchronizing (or quantizing) the sample to a silent metronome."


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby blinddrew » Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:30 pm

That looks like a lot of fun :)
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby BJG145 » Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:37 pm

I just posted saying a good sample library was all you need nowadays, then I remembered discovering Maria Teriaeva yesterday and relented.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TID5S3WR_ko
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:55 pm

Feeling a bit hard up? Need some sound design inspiration?

Try creating a Three Radio Theremin, performed beautifully by Yuri Suzuki :thumbup:



Here's how to do it yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSYPUhPGavQ


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:03 pm

If you like 'creepy', you'll LOVE 'The Apprehension Engine' commissioned by composer Mark Korven and built by Tony Duggan-Smith

"What happens when a horror movie composer and a guitar maker join forces? They create the world’s most disturbing musical instrument. Affectionately known as "The Apprehension Engine," this one-of-a-kind instrument was commissioned by movie composer Mark Korven. Korven wanted to create spooky noises in a more acoustic and original way—but the right instrument didn't exist. So his friend, guitar maker Tony Duggan-Smith, went deep into his workshop and assembled what has to be the spookiest instrument on Earth.

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Now the best bit - hear it in action :shock: 8-) :shock:

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


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