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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby N i g e l » Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:11 pm

I have a few outrageously long reverb presets which I have always thought of as just lush sounding equations.
It was nice to find out that there are some actual, accoustically interesting, gigantic spaces in the real world...


Inchindown oil tank + starter pistol

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

This is an old oil storage tank hollowed out from rock and lined with 18" concrete.
Size: 237m x 9m x 13.5m
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby blinddrew » Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:35 pm

I wonder if anyone has modelled that?
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby N i g e l » Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:58 pm

For hours of reverb fun, the impulse response is available at freesound, just waiting to be downloaded & popped into a convolving reverb.

https://freesound.org/people/acs272/packs/13598/

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The starter pistol will add its own colouration, so the impulse might need tweeked.
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby blinddrew » Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:24 pm

oooh, might give that a go when my set up is back up and running.
Thanks :thumbup:
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Wonks » Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:17 pm

For all those who say there's no 'arm in owning a synth...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSKBtEBRWi4
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby blinddrew » Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:01 pm

That's pretty hard core!
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:37 pm

It's definitely the time for an update for this inspirational thread. Here's a new product, announced only a few days ago (on 28th March , so it's NOT an April Fool joke), that's so unusual that it merits mentioning here.

The Agnew Analog Vacuum Tube Electrochemical Synthesizer: Type 8001

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"This is a unique electrochemical synthesizer, generating strange sounds through chemical reactions occurring in the built in reactor cell. The reactor cell acts as a miniature galvanic bath, with a selection of different electrode materials offering a wide range of sounds. The generated electrical signals are then amplified by means of vacuum tube electronics, which include inductor filters and feedback loops to further spice thing up."

It looks stunning, and sounds most intriguing too, but it's still unclear whether this unit, “Handcrafted for a harsh noise artist from Slovenia” is a one-off build or going to be available to others.

Have a look and listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIbCc4o ... e=emb_logo

More info here: https://agnewanalog.com/blog/the-vacuum ... -8001.html


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Folderol » Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:10 pm

Well that's certainly, ummm, different!
Now if they'd used ECC33, EF39A and 5R4 valves it would look really stunning :lol:

Oh, and definitely with greater warmth :tongue:
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Sat Apr 11, 2020 5:49 pm

DRY LIGHTS

In my never-ending quest to search out inspirational material for the sound designer, here's a classic example of what can happen when you team up with an experimental film maker.

"A trip through an electric desert, Dry Lights unfolds in an imagined environment of cacti and canyons, moving from hidden caves to lonely cliffs along pulsating rivers of light.
This experimental film lies somewhere between a site-specific installation and a performance, where choreographed lights meet organic landscapes."



Xavier Chassaing: Director, Producer, Executive producer, Editing, Lighting, Clarisse rendering, Compositing, Environment TD designer, SFX.

Thomas Vaquié: Music and Sound Design


Wonderful!


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Folderol » Sat Apr 11, 2020 6:28 pm

That was seriously impressive :clap: :clap: :thumbup: :bouncy:
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Eddy Deegan » Sat Apr 11, 2020 6:37 pm

Wow... this is stunning :clap:
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Arpangel » Sat Apr 11, 2020 7:14 pm

N i g e l wrote:I have a few outrageously long reverb presets which I have always thought of as just lush sounding equations.
It was nice to find out that there are some actual, accoustically interesting, gigantic spaces in the real world...


Inchindown oil tank + starter pistol

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

This is an old oil storage tank hollowed out from rock and lined with 18" concrete.
Size: 237m x 9m x 13.5m

Better than any, I mean any, artificial reverb could ever be. We still haven’t cracked it.
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Apr 13, 2020 9:12 pm

SLAGWERK-101 by Love Hultén

Ok, to once again whet your appetite with something that may sound familiar (a drum machine), but which has been re-imagined in such a designer-friendly way, may I present to you Slagwerk-101.

This is an audiovisual sculpture and a visual element for the stage, based on percussion instruments. A conceptual semi-acoustic drum machine built around mechanics, used with synchronized MIDI backtracks.

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Now watch it in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKSme0P ... mb_rel_end

Designed and built by Love Hultén, you can find out more about his many creations at lovehulten.com


Beat that! (pun fully intended ;) )


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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby blinddrew » Mon Apr 13, 2020 10:26 pm

David Ford (singer-songwriter and loop pedal pioneer) did a tour a few years ago with a remote control drumkit that he played with his feet. I'll see if I can find a video.
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Apr 16, 2020 6:33 pm

Tripods One - Teaser by Moritz Simon geist

Ultimately there are so many of these mechanical drum machines out there that they stand or fall on how interesting or novel their sounds are.

Here's one that I feel works very well indeed. It's a refreshing change not to hear slavish copying of existing instruments :thumbup:




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