Sound Experiments

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The Most Recognizable Voice in New York

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

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The Craft of Sound

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

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Max Richter in “Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On”

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

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Hearing Colors

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

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Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound Launch ILMxLAB

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

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Peter Gabriel on The South Bank Show about the Making of Security Album in 1983

Peter Gabriel’s songwriting and recording process in the early 1980s was unusual for its technological sophistication, playfulness and reliance on improvisation. While Peter was considered avant-garde back then, now that music technology is a lot cheaper and more accessible, ... More

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Google Presents - Inside Abbey Road

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

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Sounds in Space - Lightsaber Sounds with Ben Burtt

Ben Burtt invites you into his office at Skysound to show the inspiration for the sound of the iconic Lightsaber.

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Hearing Tarantino

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

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Short Film "Confusion Through Sand" Features Amazing Sound Design

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

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DJ White Shadow Debuts "DJ White Shadow vs. PAC-MAN" for Bud Light's #UpForWhatever Super Bowl Ad

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

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The Interfaces of Star Wars: A New Hope

This is a supercut of all the moments in A New Hope where characters interacted with machines, doors, screens, levers, knobs and buttons.

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How A Blind Man Sees With Sound

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

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Harry Baauer: Searching For Sound

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

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'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

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Listen To Ice Crack Apart In A Frozen Lake

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

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Sixty seconds of Bone Breaking Sound Effects

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.

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The Museum Of Endangered Sounds

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

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HPSTR Pyramid - Experimental Instrumentation

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

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What The Future Sounded Like

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

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Justin Boyd: Sound and Time

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

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The Most Amazing Music Video to show Sound and Music

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

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Diego Stocco - Beachwood / Real-Time Multi-Processing Improv

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.

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Diego Stocco explores Creative Miking Techniques in New Video Series

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

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The Life Of A Porn Foley Artist

A short documentary portrait of the adult film foley artist Grant Meyers. "Don't get me wrong -- visuals are important in erotica -- but the true activity is on the aural level." A film by Jack Pearce. Starring Will Stephen and Zhang Qingyun. Cinematography by Kenny Wu. Sound recording by Max Phillips.

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BAG MAN - Sound Design by Joseph Fraioli

BAG MAN is the understated story of a 12 year old African American boy, who takes us on an introspective journey out of the city and into the remote countryside of upstate New York. With a mysterious duffle bag in hand, its contents unknown to us, we journey from the urban hustle of Harlem, into the winter-ravaged woodlands a ... More

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Akai Professional Rhythm Wolf - A Richard Devine Performance

This Rhythm Wolf performance video features Richard Devine – acclaimed sound design guru, synth aficionado, and artist. Watch as he integrates two Rhythm Wolf drum machine/bass synthesizers into his sci-fi grade synth rig to create a brooding, hypnotic soundscape. Even more, you can check ... More

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OPENING - A visual album created by Christopher Willits

OPENING is a visual album created by Christopher Willits. It is a 45 min film, an album released on Ghostly International, a series of photo prints, and live performances. OPENING is best described as an experience, designed to inspire a space of peace and expansion. Willits' music and photographic ... More

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ADR Dialogue Sync for Indie Film NORMAN

Norman is a feature-length sci-fi film about a time traveler and his A.I. companion. Norman becomes trapped and isolated in the past, jeopardizing life in both the past and the future. He must invent a way back to the future before the world collapses. Here is a great featurette showing you how indie filmmaker ... More

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Ever Wonder What Space Sounds Like? Listen for Yourself

It’s easy to believe that outer space is void of sound — a silent, dark existence — but the final frontier is actually filled with noises. NASA space probes used Plasma Wave antennas to record the sounds of space, which are created by charged electromagnetic particles from the Solar Wind, ionisphere ... More