As members of the audio industry, sound is our livelihood. Whether we’re cutting dialog, recording, editing, composing, or engaging in any other part of our field, we expose ourselves to sound everyday. And while sound is informative and emotionally moving, it is nevertheless a fatiguing experience for our body. Most of us have heard at one point or another the concept of … [Read more...]
Researchers Restore First Ever Computer Generated Music Recording
New Zealand researches have successfully restored a 65 year old recording of computer-generated music, created on a gigantic contraption built by British genius Alan Turing. Turing, who's best known as the father of computing who broke the WWII Enigma code, was also a musical innovator. But his pioneering work in the late 1940s on transforming the computer into a musical … [Read more...]
Sound Design: Affects on Physiological Performance
This piece is a guest contribution by Darrin P. Jolly. Darrin is a recent Valedictorian from the Bachelor of Science in Recording Arts program at Full Sail University. Currently completing a Masters of Science degree in Game Design, Darrin is conducting research on the applied influences audio has in saccadic time performance. Abstract This experiment was designed to … [Read more...]
Plugin Research and Development at iZotope: An Interview with Matthew Hines
Matthew Hines is an audio technologist specializing in post production and audio mastering by day, and a keyboardist by night. Hailing from England, where he cut his teeth editing MIDEM award-winning classical recordings, dialogue and audio restoration for Nimbus Records, he's called USA home for the last eight years. Freelancing as a sound designer and dialogue editor for … [Read more...]
What is Sound “Research”?
This is a guest contribution by Karen Collins. Karen is the Canada Research Chair in Interactive Audio at the Games Institute, University of Waterloo, Canada, and the director of Beep: A Documentary History of Game Sound. She’s been researching game audio for the past fifteen years, and in the process, published four books and nearly 100 research papers on sound. As Albert … [Read more...]
The New Soundtrack – Perspectives on Sound Design
For those interested in the some of the current academic and research-led themes developing in sound design, the September 2014 edition of The New Soundtrack is dedicated to just this topic. Guest-edited by Sandra Pauletto (University of York), this special issue features contributions that explore the growing maturity of sound design and the breadth of the topic as … [Read more...]
How About a Sound Ideaboard/Storyboard?
Guest Contribution by Randy Thom During pre-production on a film it's common practice to gather lots and lots of still photographic images, and video as well, that might relate to the story. The stills are often displayed on walls for everyone preparing the film to see and talk about. It's basically an "idea board." The purpose of gathering these images is to stimulate … [Read more...]