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Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 | 0 comments

Sonic Arts Award – Deadline extended until 10 February


The original 1st February deadline for the Sonic Arts Award 2014 has been extended to 10th February 2014. This year’s competition, its second edition, is currently inviting entrants in the following four categories:

• Sound Art

• Sonic Research

• Soundscapes

• Digital Art

A prize of €1000.00 will be awarded to the winner in each category. There are also a couple of truly wonderful additional prizes that have recently been announced.

Among those sitting on the jury are Canadian composer and academic Barry Truax, German sound artist Christina Kubisch, and composer and musician David Grubbs. There is a submission fee (€25.00 for one work, plus a further €15.00 per additional work entered) and, as always, you are strongly advised to check out the entry requirements and details before entering. The awarding committee has put up an archive of last year’s winners and honourable mentions, so you can get a feel for the competition style, as well as some free downloads if you’re in need of inspiration.

Good luck, if you decide to enter!

Sonic Arts Award 2014 entry

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Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 | 0 comments

What Is ‘The Most Beautiful Sound In The World’?


 BeautifulNow and The Sound Agency are accepting entries for the ‘The Most Beautiful Sound in the World’. Anything that encourages people to stop and think about the ecology of sound is a good thing in my book, which is one of the particular appeals of this competition. Simply record your sound, photograph it, and explain why you think it’s the most beautiful sound in the world, for your chance to win from a bunch of prizes including a Soundcloud Pro Membership.

Deadline for entries is December 16.

Competition details here.

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Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 | 0 comments

Win a Copy of Blastwave FX “Heroes & Villains”


Blastwave FX has a new collection out called “Heroes & Villains”.  It’s a “collection of 1,000 high definition sound effects to save the world… or destroy it! Created at the Detroit Chop Shop and personally designed by Ric Viers (author of The Sound Effects Bible and The Location Sound Bible), these sound effects will give any production a super-powerful soundtrack. This collection includes cityscapes, hideouts and laboratories ambiences, various weapons, impacts, crashes, explosions, vehicles, robots, super powers and tons more! Every sound effect was recorded in 24/96KHz and delivered as broadcast wave files complete with comprehensive metadata compatible with your favorite search engine.  “

Designing Sound and Blastwave FX are giving away a copy of “Heroes & Villains”.  We will be giving it away to whomever can design the best superpower sound for “Captain Soul-Patch”.  Create a sound based on the superpower: “Sonic Blastwave”.  And post a link to the sound effect on the Blastwave FX Facebook fan page ( and Ric Viers will choose one lucky winner to receive a copy of “Heroes & Villains”!  Submissions will be accepted until November 4, 2013 with a winner announced on November 5 2013.

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Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 | 0 comments

SFX Independence – October 2013

A quick roundup of the independent sfx libraries to have hit our inbox this month.

Blastwave FX – Heroes & Villains



Blastwave FX have launched a competition to coincide with the release of their latest library collection, Heroes & Villains. You will need to call upon your most potent and deadly super power for a chance to win: entrants have to post a video of themselves reading a list of sound effects included in the library… in less than 60 seconds.

Check out the submission details on this YouTube video. Or, if you’re feeling tongue tied, you can pre-order your copy here.


Twisted Tools – Metamorph

Metamorph is the brand new sample library from San Francisco instrument software makers Twisted Tools. With over 2GB of audio at 24bit/96Khz, Metamorph’s mash-up of electroacoustic and designed sounds was developed by Italian sound designers BJM Mario Bajardi and Paolo Bigazzi (aka Komplex).

Available now to download for $69. Check their website and Twisted Tools’ YouTube channel for more details.


Dynamic Interference -Submarine Switches

dynamic interference





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Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 | 0 comments

Field Recording Competition Time


Tim Prebble recently launched the first in a series of field recording competitions via his blog – a neat coincidence given that here at Designing Sound we’ve dedicated October to all things field recording.

The premise is of the competition is simple: one month, one subject, one recording. Competition hopefuls are invited to upload their best recording of a cardboard box by 30th October. Dextrous and ingenious creations will serve you better than shiny and expensive recording gear, so do check Tim’s blog for full details and make sure you read the submission details carefully for a chance to win from a range of HISSandaROAR products.

Full competition details here.

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