Archive Page 3

27
Apr
08

Four Sound Effects That Made TV History

The BBC Radiophonic Workshop did a remarkable amount of exploration into sound synthesis and processing. Check out this article with video/audio clips.

The Rephlex compilation music from the bcc radiophonic workshop is a good place to start if you are interested in hearing more.

16
Apr
08

A city where you can’t hear yourself scream

They spent five years studying noise levels across the city and concluded in a report issued this year that the average noise from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. is 85 decibels, a bit louder than a freight train 15 feet away, said Mustafa el Sayyid, an engineer who helped carry out the study.

But that 85 decibels, while “clearly unacceptable,” is only the average across the day and across the city. At other locations, it is far worse, he said. In Tahrir Square, or Ramsis Square, or the road leading to the pyramids, the noise often reaches 95 decibels, he said, which is only slightly quieter than standing next to a jackhammer.

Apparently Cairo has an insane urban noise problem.

03
Apr
08

Stockhausen – On sound and composition

Interesting lecture on the origin of composition for sound. He gets close to the idea of sound works being outside music… you can almost hear that barrier in his mind get pushed.

01
Apr
08

FET Preamp Cable

Someone’s made a phantom-powered DI box and put it inside of a Neutrik 1/4″ connector.

27
Mar
08

Researchers Play Tune Recorded Before Edison

The 10-second recording of a singer crooning the folk song “Au Clair de la Lune” was discovered earlier this month in an archive in Paris by a group of American audio historians. It was made, the researchers say, on April 9, 1860, on a phonautograph, a machine designed to record sounds visually, not to play them back.

Article here, audio here. Wild.

06
Feb
08

How LPs are made

A beautiful step-by-step of how LPs are manufactured. Oddly inspiring.

01
Feb
08

The Digital Artist’s Handbook

“TheDigital Artist’s Handbook is an up to date, reliable and accessible source of information that introduces you to different tools, resources and ways of working related to digital art.”

Looks like this could become a good open-source resource for sharing knowledge…

30
Dec
07

Ligeti – Artikulations

After Stockhausen’s death I spoke with some friends about the Max/MSP patch for his piece Studie II that let you see the correspondences between his graphical score and how it sounds in real time. Someone sent me this link to his score for Artikulations, with audio.

30
Dec
07

2-Transistor Ribbon Kit

Paia’s 2-Transistor Ribbon Kit is a rad way to make a quick and dirty continuous voltage controller. I remember seeing something similar, made from a block of wood soaked in ink…

30
Dec
07

Understanding the Art of Sound Organization

Leigh Landy’s Understanding the Art of Sound Organization looks like a top-down approach to the question of what sound art is, anyway. Will elaborate when I get a copy.