Author Archives: Brendan

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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Sound of The Week = Light Cover

Foley artist Jamie Hunsdale shot this video of us playing with what we’re pretty sure is a light cover.  Whatever it is, it makes some cool sounds.  At the end of the video, and in the soundcloud link above, I’ve … Continue reading

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The Sound of Serenity

In this clip from the title sequence to Joss Whedon’s 2005 movie “Serenity” I’ve removed the center audio channel.  What is left is mainly the ambiences and background effects.  After listening to it this way, undistracted by dialog, I have a … Continue reading

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Sound of the Week = Marble in a Balloon

https://soundcloud.com/kaosdrama/marble-in-a-balloon

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Fun with Noise Reduction

What’s the aural equivalent of negative space?  Silence is the obvious answer, but what we call silence is not really silent at all.  Practically speaking, the aural equivalent of negative space would be the refrigerator humming in the background, the … Continue reading

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Sound of the Week

A + B + C = Corpse Worm How I made the corpse worm sounds for JourneyQuest.

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Sound of the Week = Faux Scratching

Here’s a quick tutorial video I made about creating a faux dj scratching sound out of an instrument case and a plastic fork.  The concept could easily be applied to other materials as well.  The result is not meant to … Continue reading

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