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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:06 pm

Now here's something a little different - behold Cumulus, from SOFTlab

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"Cumulus reacts to the footsteps, conversations, and exclamations of visitors, funneling this data into 230 feet of programmed LEDs, fused together at over 100 3D-printed joints. Detecting RAB's ambient sound through a customized user interface, the structure sends signals to the LED segments through three Arduino microcontrollers, becoming a visual barometer for the mood of the room and its inhabitants.

"Each time sound in the space reaches a certain volume, the piece activates," SOFTlab explains in the project's abstract. "A variety of behaviors were programmed, including a trail that cycles through the structure in a series of waves and pulses, each responding to the amplitude and ranges of surrounding sound. Cumulus’ most dynamic behavior is similar in spirit to our original intent—i.e. lightning—which seeks a pathway through one of the next connecting segments. The duration of this path is dictated by the volume of the sound that activates it, while a simple algorithm allows for a variety of interesting visual effects—from long, lightning-like strands caused by sporadic low frequency sounds to a static-y looking burst when people are chattering beneath it."


Now watch it in action!

https://vimeo.com/128390313#at=214


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:02 pm

Siberian Ice Drummers Use Frozen Lake Baikal As An Incredible Musical Instrument

What more can I say? I've heard some stunning sounds when skipping stones across a frozen reservoir, but this takes some beating (pun intended ;) )

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And now here's a video performance: www.youtube.com/watch?v=en0p1Y35p3w

Luvvely jubbly! 8-)


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby ManFromGlass » Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:32 pm

Sounds, er, cool! But bare hands on ice? There has to be some vodka involved! Not that that is a bad thing. ...
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:10 pm

Koka’s Stepper Miniature

I'm not sure about this one - the design is truly innovative, but the sonic result to me are too akin to a Stylophone to be impressive ;)

I'll let you all judge for yourselves:

"Koka’s Stepper Miniature is made of a single stepper motor. Sound of the motor is amplified with a contact microphone. Keyboard is made of metal screws and it senses capacitive touch.
Attaching different objects, such as springs and office binders to a rotor, changes colour of the tone and its texture."




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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby blinddrew » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:53 pm

Is that just a microphone capsule he has stuck on the front to tap?
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:05 pm

blinddrew wrote:Is that just a microphone capsule he has stuck on the front to tap?

Yep, it's a piezo element (they can be bought for pennies on eBay, yet are extremely useful as contact mics when fed into a high impedance to avoid losing the bass end).


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Folderol » Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:37 pm

Martin Walker wrote:
blinddrew wrote:Is that just a microphone capsule he has stuck on the front to tap?

Yep, it's a piezo element (they can be bought for pennies on eBay, yet are extremely useful as contact mics when fed into a high impedance to avoid losing the bass end).


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby blinddrew » Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:46 pm

Ahem. It's on my list. Sorry.
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby ManFromGlass » Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:32 pm

much fun can be had with piezos!
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:18 am

Turning Hurricane Data Into Music

For my first post of 2018 in this thread, it's sometimes worth remembering that to create new sounds may just be a matter of thinking of some new data to interpret in audio terms.

Can listening to storms help us understand them better? A meteorologist and a music technologist think so - here's a Sonification of Hurricane Sandy, from Mark Ballora:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKqaqndHu04


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:48 pm

REC/PLAY

"An installation/instrument made with a stripped down double cassette-deck with motor and spindle mechanism. Fabric belts fan out of the rotating spindles and into the space to activate an assortment of sound generating elements – rustling paper, ringing glass jars, tapped wood; teasing out from humble materials their inherent musicality."




As a sound designer myself, I'm a sucker for automated machine sounds, especially intricate ones like these 8-)


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby ManFromGlass » Wed Feb 07, 2018 2:56 pm

I'm with you, Martin. It's all music.
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:18 pm

Digital Music Box - The Premiere

"An oversized music box takes to the streets, packed in vintage furniture and cranked by passersby, in this Portuguese sound art piece. It’s the latest work of Nuno Santos, who has gone viral in social media with this enchanting demo video.

There’s a lot of clever engineering work in this award-winning project. It’s an achievement in packing a sound system into a mobile form factor using vintage furniture. It’s a great physical computing project, complete with that huge crank. And it’s a great example of what you can do with pisound and Raspberry Pi – adding high-fidelity audio functionality to the ubiquitous, dirt-cheap tiny PC."

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Now watch it in action: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fTMMwI4b4I&ind ... g4yxu4j36m


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby blinddrew » Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:52 pm

Lovely :)
Took me a moment to recognise the Yann Tiersen tune though.
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:14 pm

Interactive sound pendulum evokes stream of consciousness

"„Gedankenpendel“ is an interactive sound installation with the aim to draw the visitors attention to his conciseness and his constant flow of thoughts. Various mental states are symbolized with sound and can be discovered by interacting with the sound sculpture. The installation consists of a sound-ball made out of 12 speakers hanging from the ceiling in the middle of the room. The visitor is able to interact with the sound object by swinging it like a pendulum. "

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Now listen to it in action!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUzDpnSBs70

The inventiveness of some people is awe-inspiring! :shock:


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