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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby blinddrew » Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:11 pm

In the suggested videos was a fascinating video from the 'smarter everyday' guy about the sounds of the Falcon heavy launch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImoQqNyRL8Y
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Fri May 04, 2018 3:25 pm

DEEP WEB - kinetic audiovisual installation and performance

Sometimes (generally after a huge amount of preparatory work behind the scenes) sonic and visuals blend together perfectly.

And thus we come to Deep Web, a monumental immersive audiovisual installation and live performance created by light artist Christopher Bauder and composer and musician Robert Henke. Presented in enormous pitch dark indoor spaces, Deep Web plunges the audience into a ballet of iridescent kinetic light and surround sound.



The generative, luminous architectural structure weaves 175 motorized spheres and 12 high power laser systems into a 25 meter wide and 10 meter high super-structure, bringing to life a luminous analogy to the nodes and connections of digital networks. Moving up and down, and choreographed and synchronized to an original multi-channel musical score by Robert Henke, the spheres are illuminated by blasts of colourful laser beams resulting in three-dimensional sculptural light drawings and arrangements in cavernous darkness.

Enjoy!


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby blinddrew » Fri May 04, 2018 9:53 pm

I wonder how freaky that would be to watch as the only person in the room without the sound?
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Wed May 16, 2018 3:10 pm

PIANO MIGRATIONS - KATHY HINDE audio-visual artist -
"Inspired by behaviours and phenomena found in nature and the everyday — working with sound, light, image, sculpture, location.

Piano Migrations transforms the inside of a recycled piano into a kinetic sound sculpture. Projected videos of dozens of small birds landing on telegraph lines appear to flutter and settle on its strings: the movements of the birds trigger small machines to twitch, causing the piano strings to resonate. In Piano Migrations nature appears to control machines as they come together to create a delicate and ever-changing musical score."



This is a truly fascinating yet musical creation! 8-)


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Wed May 23, 2018 1:20 pm

AZZAM BELLS

It's not often I come across genuinely new instrumental sounds from modern makers, whose instruments you can actually purchase yourself.

Sound designers rejoice! Behold some stunningly different creations from Italian makers Azzam Bells, born from the passion of Alessandro "Mazza" Artisans: www.azzambells.com

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Listen to just how versatile the above Daxaphone is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?time_conti ... 0T8Rb6_Zso


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Listen to this Lithopone in sedimentary rock: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rz4Ltqq3jKU


They also have some beautiful all-wood drum kits:

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Bravo to these creators!


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby job » Wed May 23, 2018 5:15 pm

There's something so organic about the sound of these instruments you post. Something which is completely lost in software for the most part. Tassman is the only software instrument i've discovered that has this organic sound.
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby blinddrew » Wed May 23, 2018 5:46 pm

I'd love to have a room with a dozen of Martin's finds permanently set up, where you could walk in and just start freaking things out. :)
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Thu May 24, 2018 3:08 pm

So pleased that there's still plenty of interest in this thread of mine - I'm certainly not bored discovering all these new sounds 8-)


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby 3rdConstruction » Sat May 26, 2018 7:09 pm

Thank you Martin and thank you everyone who posts in this thread.

This is by far my favourite topic here (although of course there are many that are informative and entertaining). I am continually amazed at the creativity and invention on display here. Absolutely wonderful!

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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Mon May 28, 2018 12:57 am

Thanks for the positive feedback 3rdConstruction :thumbup:

There are still so many fascinating creations out there that I'm sure this thread will carry on and on.


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Tue May 29, 2018 3:46 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 4:07 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 2:31 am

Beautiful!
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:37 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 7:44 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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