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Nonlinearity III: Sound instruments that no one's ever seen before

###Q: So what do you do? A: I make sound instruments that no one's ever seen before, and then I teach myself how to play them. ###Q: Do you play them well? A: Well, if no one's ever seen one before, how can they tell if I'm playing it badly or not? Triple soundbox-drone nonlinearity ... More


BeetBox: Play drum beats by touching actual beets

###Description BeetBox is a simple instrument that allows users to play drum beats by touching actual beets. It is powered by a Raspberry Pi with a capacitive touch sensor and an audio amplifier in a handmade wooden enclosure. ###Concept BeetBox is primarily an exploration of perspective and ... More


The Daily Adventures Of Mixerman – the Audiobook Dramatisation

You’ve probably heard of Mixerman. If not, now is the time to find out ! I first came across him way back in the early days of the Mastering Engineer’s Webboard(*) where he sparked a minor controversy by refusing to give his real name and credentials – in fact I remember things got pretty ... More


Box Office Report: 'The Hobbit' Opening Sets December Record, Sort Of

###WINNER OF THE WEEK: J.R.R. Tolkien The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey made a not-at-all unexpected journey to the top of the box office chart. Its debut, estimated at $84.8 million, set a record for the largest December opening weekend ever, though that record comes with a couple ... More


The Extended Preview of J. J. Abrams' STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Will Debut in IMAX® 3D

Star Trek fans are in for a big surprise this holiday season. Exclusively in digital IMAX® 3D theatres, Paramount Pictures will release an IMAX Exclusive Preview of J.J. Abrams’ eagerly-awaited STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS months prior to the film’s official release in May 2013. ... More


The Science of High Frame Rates, Or: Why 'The Hobbit' Looks Bad At 48 FPS

The hero of Jean-Luc Godard's Le Petit Soldat declared “The cinema is truth, 24 times per second,” as The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw noted while pondering frame rates and cinematic standards last year. Peter Jackson insists that it’s closer to 48 frames per second, as demonstrated by the ... More


Ben Burtt on the sound of ‘Raiders,’ ‘ET’ and Spielberg’s inspiration

The last few weeks have been a real and vivid trip down memory lane for Oscar-winning sound designer and sound effects editor Ben Burtt. The man who created the hum of the light saber, Darth Vader’s ominous, synthetic breathing and even the languages spoken by various “Star Wars” creatures is ... More


Hans Zimmer Replaces Jack White as ‘The Lone Ranger’ Composer

The full-length trailer for Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger released this week promised plenty of good stuff from the film: sweeping Western vistas, death-defying stunts, massive explosions, a banged-up Armie Hammer, and a weirdo Johnny Depp. One thing we won’t be getting, however, is a score ... More


Focus Features 10th Anniversary: A Collection of Film Scores

Lakeshore Records will release Focus Features 10th Anniversary: A Collection of Film Scores digitally on December 18th and in stores on January 29th, 2013. The collection celebrates the 10th anniversary of the worldwide studio that makes original and daring films. Over the past decade, Focus ... More


How much headroom is needed before mastering?

In other words, where should the peak level be after mixing before the file is mastered ? -12dB ? -6dB ? -3dB ? -0.3dB ? 0dB ? There are three simple answers to this question. Well, two really simple ones, and a third still-quite-simple one. Here they are: ###1. The Simple Answer Just ... More


Contender – Sound Editor Eugene Gearty, Life Of Pi

Sound design on director Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi required a tremendous amount of ocean sounds for a major part of the movie that takes place aboard small life boat adrift in the Pacific ocean. The epic journey begins after a disaster at sea that strands a young man, Pi Patel, alone except for an unlikely ... More


First Listen To Alexandre Desplat's Score For 'Zero Dark Thirty'

If there's one movie that seemingly everyone is talking about, it's "Zero Dark Thirty," "Hurt Locker" director Kathryn Bigelow's harrowing account of the ten-year chase for Osama Bin Laden. The film is quickly accumulating a number of significant critics' prizes, topping many year-end lists and ... More