Virtual reality (VR) offers storytellers an exciting new format to tell immersive stories and transport audiences in a way that was pure fantasy only a few years ago. Put on a headset with high-fidelity headphones, and suddenly you can be anywhere a filmmaker can imagine, choosing for yourself ... More
Check out this video by Hugo Pereira about the technique of worldizing sound recordings as made popular by Sound Designer Walter Murch. Worldizing is manipulating sound until it seemed to be something that existed in real space. This refers to playing back existing recordings ... More
Cardboard Chaos is here and it’s time to riff on a new idea! Rock out with your cardboard stock out! This episode we work with a master builder at the Fender Custom Shop to see if paper has the ability to handle the look, feel and sound of one of the world’s most recognizable guitars, the Fender ... More
On Halloween 2015, Ric Viers released “Haunted FX” a new horror sound effects library available from Blastwave FX. The library marks lucky number “666” in Viers’ catalog of collections produced throughout his 16 year career. Appropriately, the product contains 666 horror-themed sound effects and ... More
"The Foley Artist" is a charming short which follows a pretty young woman waking up and getting ready to leave the house as a wizened, behind-the-scenes gentleman mimics her every move with a number of inventive props—the palms of his meaty hands, a live duck, a pan of sloppy spaghetti noodles, a gun—that recreate ... More
Locarno dressed as San Francisco, Piazza Grande that extends itself to look like Union Square. When you’re facing Walter Murch and a Revox, you know right away that something unique is coming. Sounds, reverberations, knowledge, insights. The rest is silence.
Here are the biggest, strangest, most bizarre musical instruments in the world. One of these is a badger. ###Glass Armonica: Composer William Zeitler plays a glass armonica, invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1761. ###Eigenharp: Eigenharp is a brand of electronic instrument made by Eigenlabs, a company based in Devon, ... More
Ayone who rides the New York City subway system is familiar with the friendly-yet-firm command to “stand clear of the closing doors, please.” This deep, sometimes vexing voice—which also apologizes for “unavoidable delays”—belongs to a man named Charlie Pellett. A radio anchor for Bloomberg News, Pellett was raised ... More
This video follows Alex Bishop through the six month process of building an exquisite gypsy jazz guitar from scratch. In that time, the UK based production team Contra shot upwards of 10 hours of footage, which editor Will Hammond cut down into a finely-tuned three-minute film. His process for doing so – strangely enough – mirrors the ... More
The acclaimed composer explores the science of sleep. Ordinarily, an audience falling asleep during a musical work would perhaps be a composer’s worst nightmare, but for British composer Max Richter, inducing slumber is unequivocally the aim of his “eight-hour lullaby,” Sleep. “The work is made to be ... More
The life of Neil Harbisson is like something out of a sci-fi novel. Neil was born with achromatopsia, a rare condition that leaves 1 in 30,000 people completely colorblind. But Neil isn’t colorblind, far from it. After convincing his doctors to implant an antenna onto him, Neil now possesses a new sense – the ability to hear colors. Neil ... More
Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and parent company Lucasfilm, Ltd. announce the formation of ILM Experience Lab (ILMxLAB), a new division that will draw upon the talents of Lucasfilm, ILM and Skywalker Sound. ILMxLAB combines compelling storytelling, technological innovation and world-class production to create immersive ... More
Inside Abbey Road is a site built by Google in partnership with Abbey Road Studios. The aim is to enable anyone in the world to follow in the footsteps of musical legends, and step inside the famous British recording studio as it’s never been seen before. Once inside, you can explore every nook and cranny of the three ... More
Ben Burtt invites you into his office at Skysound to show the inspiration for the sound of the iconic Lightsaber.
From the delicate intricacies used to display the fastidiousness of a character, to the overzealous noises paying tribute to a genre--here is a quick video created to showcase the many unique and effective sounds used in the films of Quentin Tarantino. Films used: Reservoir Dogs (1992) Pulp Fiction (1994) Kill Bill: ... More
This film was entirely hand-animated on recycled paper. The sound design was performed by Danny Madden and Pete Horner of Skywalker Sound. Also check out a peek at how and where Confusion Through Sand was animated. Production question from www.vimeo.com/blog ###Along with the ... More
It's no secret that Bud Light kills it with their Super Bowl advertising every year, but this year it's on a whole other level. The 90-second ad features Life On Planes label boss and Grammy-nominated producer DJ White Shadow on the 1s and 2s, soundtracking a ... More
This is a supercut of all the moments in A New Hope where characters interacted with machines, doors, screens, levers, knobs and buttons.
Daniel Kish uses flash sonar to “see” the world around him. Daniel Kish (born 1966 in Montebello, California) is an American expert in human echolocation and President of World Access for the Blind, a non-profit founded in 2000 to facilitate "the self-directed achievement of people with all forms of blindness" and ... More
To the more than 1 billion people who have created or watched "Harlem Shake" videos, Harry "Baauer" Rodrigues is best known as the man behind the song. But the DJ, producer and audiophile is no one hit wonder. Collaborating with Grammy Award-winning producer Just Blaze; remix work for dance-floor heavyweights including ... More
'Star Wars' Sound Designer Ben Burtt Creates The Millennium Falcon Hyperdrive Malfunction In 1980 Vide
With all the whizbang special effects and sound design that is conjured these days with mouse clicks, stacks of computers and hard drives, utilizing the most blazing processor speeds out there, it's easy to forget that once upon a time a bit more manual ... More
What does water sound like? Most of us identify the element with a trickling or gentle lapping or sloshing sound, but that’s only in its liquid form. When water freezes into ice, it becomes a lot louder. There are cracks and creaks and crashes as large chunks of ice break up; the best example being the thunderous ... More
Welcome to sixty seconds of pure bone crunching movie madness, many things can make a film scene cringe worthy, a ridiculous fight scene (Daredevil we're looking at you), corny one-liners or just any of Nic Cage's accents. But bone breaking has the power to make everyone wince once in a while.
The Museum Of Endangered Sounds is owned and operated by Brendan Chilcutt and be experienced here: www.savethesounds.info ABOUT THE MUSEUM: I launched the site in January of 2012 as a way to preserve the sounds made famous by my favorite old technologies and electronics equipment. For instance, the textured rattle and ... More
The HPSTR Pyramid is an attempt to create an alternative — but native to digital world — interface, to conventional knobs and slide controls. It's an approach to have the same basic and generic functionality a knob has but to achieve it with a more natural interaction. ###Idea The HPSTR Pyramid is an attempt to create an alternative ... More
Post-war Britain rebuilt itself on a wave of scientific and industrial breakthroughs that culminated in the cultural revolution of the 1960’s. In this atmosphere was born the Electronic Music Studios (EMS), a radical group of avant-garde electronic musicians who utilized technology and experimentation to compose a futuristic ... More
Justin Boyd, Department Chair of Sculpture and Integrated Media at Southwest School of Art, shares his connection with sound and how he uses it to create original works of art. Inspired by his sensitivity to sound at a very young age, Boyd has been recording and working with sound and music since the mid 90s. Boyd actively ... More
Check out this music video by CYMATICS: Science Vs. Music which was Directed by Nigel Stanford. ###BEHIND THE SCENES The most unusual part of making Cymatics was the fact that the music was written after the video was filmed. In 1999 I watched a documentary on 'Synesthesia' - a disorder that ... More
A short improvisation I played with a musical object called "Beachwood". Processed in real-time with several sound design techniques: resonator, "Rhythmic Processing" http://gum.co/FFS01, "Convolution Processing" http://gum.co/FFS02 with Impulse Responses from my "Rhythmic Convolutions" set http://gum.co/FFSRC, miked with "Creative Miking Techniques" http://gum.co/FFS03.
Diego Stocco explores creative miking techniques in this new video series which you can purchase on his website. From my point of view, even in these days where plugins, controllers and apps have become important tools for music production and sound design, being able to effectively ... More