Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

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It's definitely the time for an update for this inspirational thread. Here's a new product, announced only a few days ago (on 28th March , so it's NOT an April Fool joke), that's so unusual that it merits mentioning here.

The Agnew Analog Vacuum Tube Electrochemical Synthesizer: Type 8001

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"This is a unique electrochemical synthesizer, generating strange sounds through chemical reactions occurring in the built in reactor cell. The reactor cell acts as a miniature galvanic bath, with a selection of different electrode materials offering a wide range of sounds. The generated electrical signals are then amplified by means of vacuum tube electronics, which include inductor filters and feedback loops to further spice thing up."

It looks stunning, and sounds most intriguing too, but it's still unclear whether this unit, “Handcrafted for a harsh noise artist from Slovenia” is a one-off build or going to be available to others.

Have a look and listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIbCc4o ... e=emb_logo

More info here: https://agnewanalog.com/blog/the-vacuum ... -8001.html

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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

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Well that's certainly, ummm, different!
Now if they'd used ECC33, EF39A and 5R4 valves it would look really stunning :lol:

Oh, and definitely with greater warmth :tongue:
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DRY LIGHTS

In my never-ending quest to search out inspirational material for the sound designer, here's a classic example of what can happen when you team up with an experimental film maker.

"A trip through an electric desert, Dry Lights unfolds in an imagined environment of cacti and canyons, moving from hidden caves to lonely cliffs along pulsating rivers of light.
This experimental film lies somewhere between a site-specific installation and a performance, where choreographed lights meet organic landscapes."

https://vimeo.com/128877443

Xavier Chassaing: Director, Producer, Executive producer, Editing, Lighting, Clarisse rendering, Compositing, Environment TD designer, SFX.

Thomas Vaquié: Music and Sound Design


Wonderful!

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That was seriously impressive :clap::clap::thumbup::bouncy:
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Wow... this is stunning :clap:
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

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N i g e l wrote:I have a few outrageously long reverb presets which I have always thought of as just lush sounding equations.
It was nice to find out that there are some actual, accoustically interesting, gigantic spaces in the real world...

Inchindown oil tank + starter pistol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLUcOFwZvyY

This is an old oil storage tank hollowed out from rock and lined with 18" concrete.
Size: 237m x 9m x 13.5m

Better than any, I mean any, artificial reverb could ever be. We still haven’t cracked it.
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

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SLAGWERK-101 by Love Hultén

Ok, to once again whet your appetite with something that may sound familiar (a drum machine), but which has been re-imagined in such a designer-friendly way, may I present to you Slagwerk-101.

This is an audiovisual sculpture and a visual element for the stage, based on percussion instruments. A conceptual semi-acoustic drum machine built around mechanics, used with synchronized MIDI backtracks.

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Now watch it in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKSme0P ... mb_rel_end

Designed and built by Love Hultén, you can find out more about his many creations at lovehulten.com

Beat that! (pun fully intended ;) )

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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

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David Ford (singer-songwriter and loop pedal pioneer) did a tour a few years ago with a remote control drumkit that he played with his feet. I'll see if I can find a video.
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

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Tripods One - Teaser by Moritz Simon geist

Ultimately there are so many of these mechanical drum machines out there that they stand or fall on how interesting or novel their sounds are.

Here's one that I feel works very well indeed. It's a refreshing change not to hear slavish copying of existing instruments :thumbup:

https://vimeo.com/182052276

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Put it on Britain's got talent :lol:
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

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I like that one. :)
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Re: Daily Inspiration for the Sound Designer

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The 1000 OSCILLATOR MEGADRONE Is Complete! The KiloDrone Is ALIVE
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Yes, our old friend Look Mum No Computer (aka Sam Battle) is back, still as mad as a March Hare, but oh so entertaining. Most of the last four months during lockdown he's been slogging away building 100 panels, each containing 10 oscillators, and has now completed this 2 metre tall 4 metre wide synthesizer with 1000 oscillators, to answer the age old question! How many is too many?

Now you've just GOT to click on this link to hear it in action, haven't you? :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3wk9WWTfNs

Brilliant!

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