Sound designer Diego Stocco has released a new video, Beachwood, that captures a short improvisation, created with a musical object he calls “Beachwood”.
In the beginning of the video, he explains that he started with a piece of wood he found at the beach. Then he added a contact mic and a lavalier mic and some metal resonators. Continue reading
4DSOUND is a new immersive audio system that allows for evolving changes in three-dimensional positioning of sound.
Despite the emergence of professional and consumer surround-sound systems, most live performances still rely on stereo (or even summed mono) sound, with an audience hearing most of the music from one direction.
4DSOUND is built from expansive array of speakers, a Max-based core, and custom Max for Live devices that allow for sound to be positioned anywhere within the system’s space.
In the video above, 4DSOUND founder Paul Oomen talks about its conception, and Martin Stimming discusses performing with the system. Continue reading
The latest episode of Motherboard‘s Sound Builders features sonic artist and environmental designer Mileece, who creates music with electronics and plants.
Mileece’s work uses a combination of sensors and software to sonify plant biofeedback. Continue reading
Slightly off topic: YouTube user crysknife007, aka Cheesy Nirvosa put together this playlist that features the ambient sounds of science fiction spaceships.
The playlist includes these greatest ambient sound hits:
- Star Trek TNG Ambient Engine Noise (Idling for 24 hrs)
- Star Trek TOS Ambient Engine Noise (Idling for 24 hrs)
- Original Battlestar Galactica Ambient Engine Sound ( For 12 Hours )
- Nostromo Ambient Engine Noise ( Ship from Alien for 12 Hours )
- 12 Hour Tardis sound from Doctor Who
But wait! There’s more: Continue reading
Sound design superfreak Diego Stocco, who’s known for going to extremes to create interesting sounds, has released a free collection of creative impulse responses, Percussive Echoes Bonus.
In the past, Stocco has made Music From Sand, Music from a Tree, scored with Hans Zimmer and even built his own orchestra.
More recently, Stocco has been creating impulse responses for creative sound design. His latest set is a free download. Continue reading
Sonic Lab has released Cosmosƒ vSaturn, a real-time dynamic stochastic synthesis engine, which generates sonic textures with a complex event distribution process.
According to the developer, Cosmosƒ vSaturn is a tool for computer music and sound design, that uses the computer for sonic calculation and digital audio rendering – “the kind of which is impossible to do by hand.” Continue reading
Last year, Dubspot presented a special sound design workshop with electronic producer and software programmer BT.
This video captures BT discussing and demoing a free tool, Composers Desktop Project (CDP), that he uses for experimental sound design. Continue reading
Here’s a fun example of sound design on the Korg MS-20 mini.
Korg USA’s Rich Formidoni experiments with the MS-20 mini analog synthesizer, and demonstrates how to ‘hotwire’ it and start it up.
Technical details below: Continue reading