Soundmaps will be series of generative visuals of my favourite sound pieces. Here’s the first one “Uoon I” from Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto’s Vrioon album. Visuals are generated with Processing and Minim audio library.
Last week I was at my hometown (Düzce). There was a forest very close to our house. I was hearing those beautiful bird’s sounds at every night. They started to sing at 10.0 pm until sunrise. It was something like dreamy thing for me. Then, I decided to took my recorder and tried to capture birds’ sounds. However, It became a misterious event for me 🙂 I went out from garden and was walking through a path to the woods to record a clean and high level sound of the birds. Finally, I found myself in the middle of the trees without light. It was so dreamy thing for me. I mean, as if I entered from a gate to another world. Still I couldn’t get the sound that I was expecting. Asked to myself where are these birds? Anyway, the second time I took a bottle of wine with me and went into forest again. This time, I just switched on recorder and sit in front of it and started to drink my wine. It was so beautiful. The best and the only nice part of my hometown is its nature. So I took couple of recordings. Here are the four of them that is telling my mysterious journey to woods..
Techincal Part (Reminder for myself also) : It’s better to put somewhere the recorder always. By doing that, I can avoid unwanted hand/finger squeaks, cracks and scratch sounds on the recorder. It was a nightmare to edit all of these noises. There was a huge amount of background noise because lots electricity poles around woods and path. To reduce the background noise, basically I used to main Waves plugins. First one is Paz Stereo Specktrum. I choose a 2-3 minutes track and hit play, and start to watch for the frequency responses in order to apply a band-pass filter from an EQ plugin. The sound of the birds are exactly between 2000-8000Hz range. So, I apply a band-pass filter with EQ plugin, but a soft one with a long attack time. Because I don’t want to have a thiny and dry sound without any background noise. So, my bands-pass filter covers 1600 Hz – 10000 Hz range and removed all of the other things.
Nice article from Modern-Mechanix. It’s about sound design of Mickey Mouse cartoons. It’s really interesting. Sound designers should check it. Actually it was published at 1937.
I was looking for somekind of framework or script in order to use trackpad as multitouch device. At first I found TongSeng from TUIO. After a little googling, I came across with an external called Fingerpinger which was written for Max Msp Jitter. It’s free and opensource. You can download it from here. And it’s very easy to work with it.
Various recordings from histrical events
is about being in between time. It is the void in between happenings, the ether that fills the space, the apparent blank.
The apparent blank is not without substance. It is the punctuation between sentences, the emphasis between ideas, it is the silence that makes possible for notes to be discerned – the one thing in common of all music. The one thing in common of all art.
Transition Houses is about the process, the essential environment of creation.
We would like to celebrate this ephemeral and vital air that is the process. We would like to make it a negative, to make the apparent blank a blinding light and the colorful spots insignificant dead heaps of lifeless matter.
Houses of transition are not real. We made them up.
Houses of transition have no real territory. It is tomorrow’s dream of yesterday. It is a state of mind.
Transition Houses are the turns we do before taking a new direction. The pauses we do before making new movements. These are the assessments of past visions and the formation of future ones. And something anew just as well. It is the connection between the results, but something completely different from it altogether.
There are no statements made in Transition Houses. There are observations.
Transition Houses is the moment of metamorphosis. The moment when shapes are blurred and lines mingled and tangled together into something unfamiliar but vivid, alive.
Transition Houses are the transition word that we use in language to indicate a desired shift in thought, or a summarization, the end of an idea and/or the start of another one. In the rooms of Transition Houses all the howevers, likewises, finallies, for instances, indeeds, meanwhiles, consequentlies, of courses and moreovers are welcome.
There is no democracy in Transition Houses. We really do things together.
Come join us!
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Following scene was cutted from original film. It is a short part of the film not whole of it
Sound Design for “All About Beauty” which is a documentary by Simona Zemaityte.
Original Track Harntrocjka by me.
Cello : Gülşah Erol
3Viol : Alp Çoksoyluer (3Viol is a custom made string instrument which has three strings by Alp Çoksoyluer. It’s something like very very primitve form of Violin.)
Sound Engineer : Alp Çoksoyluer
Some shots from my multiouch screen. Further information from: Squatouch