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Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 | 1 comment

The Tonebenders on Education

The fine gentlemen over at The Tonebenders Podcast have once again graciously tied into this month’s theme. Their latest podcast, a conversation with Brenda Jaskulske of the University of North Texas, is now up for your listening pleasure in all of the usual places. I’m embedding the Soundcloud version below, but head over to their site to learn more about Brenda and how to access the podcast in your preferred format.

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Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 | 0 comments

An Evening with Eddy Joseph (March 9)

Those local to the Brighton area (UK) will have an opportunity to hear the acclaimed Supervising Sound Editor Eddy Joseph (Enemy at the Gates, Quantum of Solace) in conversation. On Monday March 9th, Eddy will be in conversation with Lisa Holloway on a bill that also features an interview with the music recording engineer Hadyn Bendall (The Hounds of Love, The Last Emperor).

Tickets are priced at £10.00 and are available from The Space website, where there are also further details about the event.

http://www.thespace.uk.com/

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Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 | 0 comments

SoundWorks Collection: The Sound of Unbroken

WWII Prisoner of war drama ‘Unbroken’ will compete in both the ‘Best Sound Editing’ and ‘Best Sound Mixing’ categories at the 87th Academy Awards ceremony on February 22nd. What better time to plug this video from The SoundWorks Collection, featuring an interviews with audio post team who worked on the film.

SoundWorks Collection – The Sound of Unbroken

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Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 | 1 comment

Gary Rydstrom’s Strange Magic

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Normally we wouldn’t make any fuss about a particular film’s release, but this is one’s a little special for our community. Gary Rydstrom has had several opportunities to sit down in the director’s chair for short films in the past, but this film, Strange Magic, is his first feature. We often talk about promoting the importance of sound as a story-telling tool, but here we have one of the most vocal and respected proponents of that idea with his hands on the reins. If you find yourself with the opportunity to see the film, I encourage you to show support and check it out. It opens in the U.S. next Friday, the 23rd.

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Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 | 0 comments

Sonic Arts Award 2015

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The third edition of the Sonic Arts Award is accepting submissions until 20 January 2015. Sonic artists, researchers and sound designers, and others, are encouraged to enter their work into one (or more) of four categories: Sound Art, Sonic Research, Soundscapes, Digital and Media Art. Each category winner will receive €1000.00, and there are additional prizes, including an artist’s residency at the Cardelli and Fontana gallery. The cost of submitting one work is €25.00 and full details of the awarding jury and entry criteria are available from the website.

A free album featuring some of the best entries from the 2014 edition is available to download.

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Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 | 2 comments

The Field Recordist

A short film about a lifetime of field recording from Lawrence Barker.

Best heard with headphones to appreciate the full stereo field.

This film is a personal reflection of my own passion for audio field recording over the past 45 years.

“Audio field recordings act as a powerful trigger, transporting me back to the original place they were captured………they are more powerful than any image captured on camera and even surpass those caught on video – they are quite magical!”

Lawrence Barker.

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Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 | 1 comment

Soundsnap gets a makeover

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Online sound effects library Soundsnap has unveiled a brand new website. Whilst the main objective was to refresh a website design that had undergone only hairline changes since launching in 2007, the cosmetic overhaul also boasts a new user interface for searching and downloading sounds. Some of the improvements that users can benefit from include bigger and more detailed waveform graphics, a more intuitive presentation of file metadata, and an increase in the number of search results per page.

The redesign also coincides with a big effort that the company has recently put into driving new content onto the site, with new sounds and custom libraries being added to Soundsnap’s portfolio.

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Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 | 0 comments

The Sound of Story: Workshop – 5 & 6 December 2014

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A two-day sound event will take place in Brighton, England later this week, 5-6 December. Presented by Lighthouse and Creative Skillset, The Sound of Story will feature talks and workshops from from of the UK’s top sound practitioners including Ray Beckett and Stuart McCowan, plus many others.

For more information and to buy tickets, go to: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/the-sound-of-story

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Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 | 1 comment

It’s All in Your Head…

Image from Flickr user Allan Ajifo, used under a Creative Commons license. Click image to view source.

Image from Flickr user Allan Ajifo, used under a Creative Commons license. Click image to view source.

Have you ever stopped to consider the fact that all of the sounds we hear in our life are actually the result of post-processing in our brains? That what you hear might not actually be what the person next to you hears? The combination and coordination of organs that goes into the interpretation of fluctuations in atmospheric pressure is truly a marvel. We’ve given ourselves a pretty hefty challenge this month; we’re going to be focusing on Psychoacoustics. It’s not an easy subject to approach from a sound designer’s perspective, but we’re going to attempt it anyways.

…and rather than put together a separate announcement post…

This coming Sunday (December 7th), at 3:30PM U.S. Eastern, I’ll be hosting a webinar version of my AES “Psychoacoustics for Sound Designers” presentation. So, mark it on your calendars, and come to the site to watch…or go directly to our Google+ page so you can interact and ask questions during the presentation.

Next month’s featured topic will be Education. As always, we encourage contributions from the community. If you would like to contribute to this or next month’s discussions, or have something off-topic that you would like to share with the community, contact shaun {at} this website.

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