A // V

April 13, 2010

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I just read through Andy Thom’s article ‘Designing for Sound’. A good read, check it out if you haven’t already here.

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Some key ideas that stuck with me in relation to our web project were:

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*  To consider the audio of the project in the initial design / plans as well as during the execution – not just after.

* “Starving the eye will inevitably bring the ear, and therefore the imagination, more into play.”

* Though it wasn’t directly mentioned, the information presented made me think about using sound to pre-empt things on a website. i.e. to delay the loading of an image or page & bring in some sound first, to have the user guessing & beginning to imagine what is coming before it does. This could also be done achieved by playing the sound from the linked event when the user hovers on the link, not only as a preview, but as a initial contextualization of the forthcoming linked event.

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Present from the Postman!

April 7, 2010

Crumar Bit One arrived on my doorstep today, imported all the way from Austria! 1984 italo polysynth, this one features the same filter chips as the Sequential Circuits Prophet 5!

Read all about it here.

In the Beginning

March 29, 2010

I’m not entirely decided upon a concept for this space / project.

For now I would like to use it as a documentation of my influences & in turn a curated collection of potential inspiration for interpretation into others creative pursuits. I would like to bring my own appropriation & application into the this, but as I said – still undecided on an exact plan.

My primary creative influence is film. When I find something really inspiring I like to mute the sound & see what sounds start coming in to my head as i watch. At times I’ll even loop film scenes on my second monitor while writing music.

Today I’ll give some examples & keep them around a theme – ‘Fairlight’.

Fairlight were an Australian company who shot to fame after they developed one of the worlds first samplers, the fairlight CMI (1979). A few years later they released something entirely different, the Fairlight CVI (Computer Video Instrument) –  a video synthesizer if you will. This is what it looked like:

The first memory I have of noticing them was when looking back at David Cronenberg’s 1983 film ‘Videodrome’, but I couldn’t find the scenes online so here’s some various imagery in which the Fairlight was used. The effects are gritty & organic rather than todays polished CGI, much like the sounds created by a analog synthesizer compared to that of a modern soft synthesizer. I don’t want to over-analyze why I like it so much, but I do.