Archive for the ‘ Experiments ’ Category

Tutorial 1: S-Layer

Our review on: http://designingsound.org

Abstract experiments 3 – TwistedTools’ Transform

I worked in early 2011 for Twisted Tools on a Sci-Fi sound library called Transform, that was supposed to embrace both sound designers and musicians. It’s available here for US $69.

Interview                                       SOS                                          SFX Lab

The bee’s speech

When recording, one of the aspects I’m always striving for is emotion. There are so many kinds of emotions that human kind can perceive and I think it’s a great opportunity for us story tellers that most of them can be reproduced with sounds.

Very often, you want some control over your sound in order to achieve the right performance. This summer, I played with a long blade of grass like we all used to do in our childhood and then I tried with other materials like tinfoil, silk and some sheets of paper. This is the result:

The Emotion Annotation and Representation Language (EARL) classifies 48 emotions!

Abstract experiments 2 – TwistedTools’ Scapes

“I believe the future is only the past again, entered through another gate” ~ A. Wing Pinero, The Second Mrs. Tanqueray, 1893.

The settings for science fiction are often contrary to known reality, but the majority of science fiction relies on a considerable degree of suspension of disbelief, which is facilitated in the audience’s mind by potential scientific explanations or solutions to various fictional elements.

This sci-fi demo was made from a package of sounds that I recorded and mangled in Reaktor with Scapes (Twisted Tools) that is available here FOR FREE!

Abstract experiments 1 – Small creatures.

Don’t you subconsciously picture something in your mind when you hear sounds in the dark? Don’t you think of a sound when you look at a picture in a silent room?

“We begin to hear before we are born, four and a half months after conception. From then on, we develop in a continuous and luxurious bath of sounds: the song of our mother’s voice, the swash of her breathing, the trumpeting of her intestines, the timpani of her heart”. (Michel Chion, Audio-Vision)

  • I’ve recently experimented designing creature vocalizations with no visual material. And as you can imagine, it was pretty hard to keep a single direction! But it gave me total freedom, trying things randomly and reacting with sounds like performers do. I’m still working on defining the limits though ;-)


.“Experiment as early and as often and as inexpensively as possible. Make lots of mistakes when mistakes are cheap”. Randy Thom