Beyond The Fog – A Nature Video Exploring Cape Cod Images and Landscapes

I’ve been having a lot of fun recently putting together some music videos.  I used iMovie to sequence together the photos.  With the Ken Burns effect you almost forget that you’re looking at still pictures rather than video.

The ambient music track I put together for this video includes some processed guitar along with two tracks sequenced synths using Thor from Reason. I actually used the random function in the sequencer of Thor to create a type of random music generator. I was going for something similar to the Bloom iPhone app. I think it turned out nice.

The photos were taken by my dad while on vacation in Cape Cod, MA. The music was very inspired by the fog rolling out in the morning. The images have a very light, ethereal quality to them that I wanted to evoke in the music. I’ve always found peaceful landscape photography inspiring so I think I’m going to start producing some more of these videos.

Let me know what you think. I’d love to hear your feedback.

Making Music On My iPad With Soundrop

I can’t remember how I ran across it but I’ve had the Soundrop app on my iPad for a few months now.  As you can see in the video below, it’s really more of  a game than a music-making app.

Using the sound harvesting techniques I outlined in a previous post, I’ve been recording the output of my Soundrop sessions to create some raw source material for my music and sound design projects.  Tonally, Soundrop is a one-trick-pony.  You either enjoy the mallet sounds or not. Continue reading “Making Music On My iPad With Soundrop”

Sound Harvesting 101

Although I certainly understand how to create sounds from scratch using various synthesis techniques, I usually prefer to begin my sound design sessions with actual sound recordings. I’m just drawn to the natural randomness of an organic sound. One of my favorite things in the world to do is something I call Sound Harvesting. Think of it as sonic free association. Once you understand the concept you’ll never be lacking for great source material ever again, I promise! Continue reading “Sound Harvesting 101”

The Fall and the Rise of it

Here is a new music video I just put together.  All of the source sounds for this piece came from a single wind chime.  The majority of the signal processing was done using Sound Hack.  I can’t remember everything I did but there was obviously some time-stretching and varispeed effects going on.  Once I had all of my signal processing done I loaded everything into Pro Tools for the final mix and mastering. Continue reading “The Fall and the Rise of it”