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Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 | 1 comment

Creative Field Recording: Book Recommendation Round-Up

Looking for some good sound-centric reading this summer? Paul Virostek of Creative Field Recording has collected a number of must-read lists, reviews, and resources on some of the best books focused on creative recording and sound design in a recent blog post.

Included in Paul’s list are some of Designing Sound’s own recommendations, found here and here, but be sure to check out the blog post at CFR for many more great suggestions!

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Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 | 0 comments

Cities and Memory: Oblique Strategies

Cities and Memory: Oblique Strategies, a recent collaboration between sound artists, musicians, and field recordists from across the world, was released earlier today. The project brought these sound artists together to create new musical remixes of field recordings from around the world, using Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt’s Oblique Strategies cards as guideposts for their creations. It features recordings from locations across 19 countries, and involved 63 contributors, including Designing Sound’s own Berrak Nil Boya. Some of the pieces can be heard currently at the website, and an album of highlights will be released later this month on the Cities and Memory bandcamp.

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Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 | 0 comments

SoundWorks Collection: Lionel Train Recording

In a new entry in their podcast series, SoundWorks Collection speaks to Michael Raphael of Rabbit Ears Audio and Rudy Trubitt, Director of Audio for Lionel Trains. They discuss Rudy and Michaels experiences in sourcing new steam whistles for Lionel’s new products, exploring the challenges presented in recording the high-SPL steam whistles and the recording techniques they used,  as well as finding unique sounds to fit Lionel’s specific needs.

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Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 | 0 comments

BOOK: Keywords in Sound – Edited by David Novak and Matt Sakakeeny

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Steven Feld, Jonathan Sterne and Ana Maria Ochoa Gautier are among contributors to a new book, Keywords in Sound. Described by publishers Duke University Press as, “a definitive resource for sound studies”, this collection of twenty essays attempts a dialogue with some of the philosophical and historical keywords that permeate the discipline of Sound Studies.

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Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 | 0 comments

Two Cents…Following Up on Last Month’s Theme

Image by flickr user Jen Light, and used under a Creative Commons license. Click image to veiw source.

Image by flickr user Jen Light, and used under a Creative Commons license. Click image to veiw source.

March is over, and you may have noticed that we’re returning to our usual mode of: “Here’s a theme. Here are a few articles on this theme. Do you want to contribute to the theme?” I think it’s important that we take a moment to talk about the community we have here.

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Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 | 1 comment

April Fools!

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While we remain firmly committed to our stance of not playing any pranks on this most hallowed of comedic days, that doesn’t mean we can’t honor the spirit behind it. Sound for comedy is a fickle thing. It’s completely predicated on the context and timing of a scene, and there are a million ways to support a gag. From going completely overt and over the top, to ignoring it entirely, the choices made have to reflect the driving vision behind the piece…and every choice provides a different perspective on the gag. So, while we won’t be playing any pranks today, we will be turning our attention to Comedy for the rest of this month.

Feel free to post your favorite sound jokes below. ;)

Just another friendly reminder that we’re always open to hosting guest contributions on the site, both on topic and off. If you have something you’d like to share on this month’s topic, next month’s (which will be “Destruction”) or an idea you’ve come up with yourself, please reach out to us via the contact form or [shaun {at} this website].

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Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 | 0 comments

A Scholarship for Women in Game Audio

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Just a few weeks after announcing that they will be giving a 20% discount to all women who want to enroll in their FMOD certification course, Sound Librarian is continuing it’s efforts to support women in game audio by starting a scholarship program. The Muse Scholarship will award complete access for one year to all courses within the Sound Librarian Training Center to a candidate and will be held annually.

For more information about the scholarship please visit Sound Librarian and  if you are a woman who is passionate about game audio and would like to apply for this scholarship, make sure to fill out your application before April 30th. 

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Posted by on Mar 8, 2015 | 5 comments

FMOD Certification Course seeks to balance gender pay gap

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A fitting announcement for International Women’s Day. In an effort to counter the 20% pay gap between men and women’s salaries, Sound Librarian will be making a permanent change to their pricing structure, by allowing women wishing to enroll for any course or access training materials for a 20% discount on advertised prices.

Speaking from the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Stephan Schutze of Sound Librarian has said, “to counter the pay gap disparity, this will apply to regular pricing AND to any sale pricing of our products. [It] is a small attempt to address an imbalance and support women in games.”

Those wishing to take advantage of the policy will have to confirm their identity and applications will be processed manually. For further information, contact Stephan Schutze at Sound Librarian.

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