For several years, sound design superfreak Diego Stocco has been amazing people with his videos, which document the incredible lengths that he goes to in order to create unique sounds. He’s set pianos on fire, he’s made music from a bonsai tree, he’s done beat making with the sounds of a dry cleaner and has even built his own orchestra of custom instruments.
While Stocco’s videos let you see the passion he brings to his work, many people have also been interested in learning more about his technique – from the gear he uses for recording to the software he uses for sound processing to the details of how he transforms raw sound into musical instruments.
For people interested in the nitty-gritty of sound design, Stocco has started a new series of premium ‘master class’ videos, Feedforward Sounds, that will look at advanced and experimental sound design techniques. The videos are primarily designed for producers, artists and audio professionals. Continue reading
The latest episode of the SoundWorks Collection video series takes a look at the sound of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Continue reading
This video, by Josh Bennett, is a short video portrait of sound design artist Ali Lacey: Continue reading
Developer Ryan McGee has released a new sound design app for iOS, VOSIS, that synthesizes sound based on the greyscale image pixel data from photos or live video input.
OSIS is an interactive image sonification interface that creates complex wavetables by raster scanning greyscale image pixel data.
Using a multi-touch screen to play image regions of unique frequency content rather than a linear scale of frequencies, it becomes a unique performance tool for experimental and visual music. A number of image filters controlled by multi-touch gestures add variation to the sound palette. On a mobile device, parameters controlled by the accelerometer add another layer expressivity to the resulting audio-visual montages.
Here’s a demo of VOSIS in action: Continue reading
Sunday Synth Jam: Russian reader Kirill Sharafutdinov created this sampling jam using found sounds recorded on the street.
His Music From A Street Noise, was created using Zoom h4n, Sony ECM-MS 5, an Apple Macbook Pro, NI Maschine & Logic Pro 9.
The latest in the SoundWorks Collection of profiles of audio for film takes a look at the new movie Gravity:
Steinberg has released Granular Symphonies, an expansion pack for Padshop/Padshop Pro, created by the acclaimed composer and sound designer Simon Stockhausen.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
With beautifully intricate textures, pads and leads, Granular Symphonies spans 2 GB of exquisite content, featuring instrumental and vocal samples recorded and edited by the man himself plus 260 supplementary presets.
Simon Stockhausen said he hopes that “this library will inspire many composers around the world and expand their sonic palette to paint beautiful, haunting, wondrous and enchanting musical pictures.”
Last year, we covered a KickStarter project for Syntorial – an app designed to interactively teach you about synthesis.
The project was fully funded and Syntorial is now available. Continue reading