Author Archives: Brendan

Ice in a vice

It’s ice.  In a vice! Last winter,  my partner Jamie Hunsdale  and I took advantage of some freezing weather and recorded a bunch of ice sounds.  Little did we know that just a few weeks later we would be hired … Continue reading

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Electric Toothbrush

Sound is vibration right?  So if you can get an object to vibrate it will make a sound right?  I spent some time recently driving my family crazy by seeing what objects around the house I could get to vibrate … Continue reading

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Punch Sounds Article

  The Wall Street Journal just published an article on the punch sound effects for the movie “out of the furnace” complete with breakdowns of one of the punch sounds and a auditory history of punch sounds in movies.  Pretty … Continue reading

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Romo

I recently made this sound design and musical accompaniment for the Romo ident.  Auditory logos, like their visual counterparts, are an exercise in simplicity and efficiency. Mediocre ones are quickly forgotten but the good ones take up residence in your … Continue reading

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Gravity

If you haven’t seen Gravity yet, I highly recommend you go see it right away.  Preferably in 3D and at an Atmos theater.  I’m generally not a fan of 3D.  During the blurry, headache inducing 3D previews before the movie, … Continue reading

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Recycled Thunder

The back window to my house opens up right into an alleyway and when my neighbors take their recycling bins out every week, it always reminds me of thunder.  Then we had a thunderstorm and it sounded like the recycling … Continue reading

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Synthesized Electricity

A key aspect of sound design is performance.  The most common way to do this is through editing.  Much like an animator will create the illusion of a performance through the painstaking process of drawing individual frames, the sound effects … Continue reading

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Bubbles in a Bowl

Sound of the Week = Bubbles in a Bowl Here’s a short composition made from the sounds of blowing bubbles into a big glass bowl.  The piece starts with the raw recording and then the rest of the song is … Continue reading

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Voice options for “The Mighty-T”

Finding the right sound often takes a lot of experimentation.  For the voice of the main character in the animation “The Mighty-T”, I went through many iterations before landing on something that fit the character and worked well within the … Continue reading

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Sound of the Week = sun, wind, water and snow

What is the sound of sunshine? This was one of the more conceptually challenging tasks I have been given as a sound designer. At 52 seconds, in the clip below, the sun rises through the trees and the director wanted … Continue reading

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