Sunday, October 28, 2007
Sound Effects from 'The Birds'
Oskar Sala expanded the Trautonium to create the Mixturtrautonium and used it to compose sound effects for films, among them Hitchcock's The Birds.
[Read more & listen - via Orpheus Music]
Friday, October 26, 2007
A geriatric assault on Italy's bloggers
Italy's leaders barely understand word processors, let alone the web. Now they've turned against the country's bloggers.
[From Times Online, October 24, 2007]
Boing Boing, the third blog in the world, has written about the Levi-Prodi law. The Government has created a world image of itself as incompetent.
[Read more - Beppegrillo.it]
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Ear to the Earth
What we learned from the festival is that listening to environmental sounds brings the world closer to us. Listening is close and personal. Listening creates feelings of connection and involvement. The more focused our listening, and the greater our feelings of connection and involvement with the environment, the deeper and more immediate will be our understandings of the world.
[Read more - About Ear to the Earth]
We can listen to what the world is telling us. Through listening, we can become involved. We can exchange thoughts, ideas, and sounds. Once involved, we can learn. And in learning, we can better understand what is happening to us.
[Electronic Music Foundation]
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Wilhelm Scream Compilation
[U.S.O. Time Machine: The Wilhelm Scream]
Friday, October 19, 2007
Equipment - Selling
Programming software included. $ 150.
Plus (free): intruder detection cell block and two-direction velocity sensor.
Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination
Explore the fantasy technologies depicted in the Star Wars saga and the real science behind them. Along the way, view more than 80 props, models and costumes from the films!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
The Music of Luc Ferrari
This concert is part of the 2007-2008 Soundfield @ Slought series.
Luc Ferrari (1929–2005) was a French composer, particularly noted for his electronic music. Ferrari was born in Paris and studied the piano under Alfred Cortot, musical analysis under Olivier Messiaen and composition under Arthur Honegger. His first works were freely atonal. In 1958 he co-founded the Groupe de Recherches Musicales with Pierre Schaeffer and François-Bernard Mâche. He taught in institutions around the world, and worked for film, theatre and radio. By the early 1960, Ferrari had begun work on his 'Hétérozygote,' a piece for magnetic tape which uses ambient environmental sounds to suggest a dramatic narrative. The use of ambient recordings was to become a distinctive part of Ferrari's musical language. Ferrari's 'Presque rien No. 1 (Le Lever du jour au bord de la mer)'  is regarded as a classic of its kind. In it, Ferrari takes a day-long recording of environmental sounds at a Yugoslavian beach and, through editing, makes a piece that lasts just twenty-one minutes. It has been seen as an affirmation of John Cage's idea that music is always going on all around us, and if only we were to stop to listen to it, we would realise this. Ferrari continued to write purely instrumental music as well as his electronic pieces. He also made a number of documentary films on contemporary musicians in rehearsal, including Olivier Messiaen and Cecil Taylor.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
The Pixar Story - A documentary by Leslie Iwerks
The first in-depth look at the most influential animation studio of its time, The Pixar Story goes behind the scenes of the groundbreaking company that pioneered a new generation of animated feature films. Iwerks uses never-before-seen footage from the Pixar library, along with historic archival animation and first hand accounts by animators, studio executives, directors, producers and voice performers to chronicle the remarkable company that revolutionized an industry. The Pixar Story includes exclusive interviews with some of the key players in the Pixar story including John Lasseter, Ed Catmull, Steve Jobs, George Lucas, Michael Eisner, Bob Iger, Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Tim Allen, Brad Bird and more.
[John Lasseter jumps for joy as he introduces Leslie Iwerks' new documentary "The Pixar Story"]
Friday, October 12, 2007
[read the full article - via electronichouse.com]
Kyma Sound Design Software Version X.47 Released
Extensive Support for Multichannel Sound Synthesis and Processing
CHAMPAIGN, IL— October 10, 2007 —With the release of Kyma X.47, Symbolic Sound enhances the already extensive support for multichannel sound synthesis and processing in its award-winning Kyma™ sound design environment. Using a compact graphical representation, sound designers can quickly and easily create multichannel music and special effects with independent processing on each channel.
Kyma X.47 features a host of new multichannel processing and synthesis modules including Surroundifier, SplitSurround, MultichannelPan, PseudoStereo, MidSideEncoderDecoder, MonoToMultichannel, MultichannelMixer, and others that can be recorded to disk in split-surround format, combined with the hundreds of existing Kyma synthesis and processing modules, or dropped into the Kyma Timeline to create multichannel mixes and sequences. Also included in this release are over 150 new multichannel patches for the Kyma Sound Library.
[click the photo to enlarge]
Symbolic Sound's Kyma sound design software is known for its virtually limitless sound combination and transformation capabilities and is favored by sound designers for film, music, game development, and advertising.
Pricing & availability
Kyma X™.47, the latest update to the world’s most advanced sound design environment is now available free to registered Kyma X owners. Kyma X.47 runs under Macintosh OS X (on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs), Windows XP, and Windows 98/ME/2000 and Macintosh OS 9.2.
BackgroundIn 1990, Symbolic Sound revolutionized the sound design and music software industry with the introduction of Kyma™, a graphical modular software sound design environment accelerated by the software-reconfigurable Capybara™ multi-processor sound computation engine. Symbolic Sound is committed to bringing the most advanced and flexible sound design technology to sound designers, musicians, educators, researchers, and creative professionals through its innovative hardware and software offerings.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
THE LEGACY OF STAR WARS, THE BIRTH OF MODERN FILM SOUND
— Gary Rydstrom, Oscar-winning sound designer, Pixar director
[via 30 People Who Shaped Sound, Mixonline]
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Wall-E Theatrical Trailer
Monday, October 01, 2007
John Cage - A Dip in the Lake
Originally scored for the city of Chicago, this performance, created by George Boski, Bill Blakeney, and Gayle Young, will use sounds recorded throughout Toronto, Canada. The three performers will each control four channels of sound, distributed throughout the Judson Church Meeting Room. The audience is then invited to walk around the space to hear the piece from different sonic perspectives.
Friday, October 12, 8:30pm
55 Washington Square South
New York City