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Current Listening: Glitch Mob does Tron

December 23, 2010 // Posted in Current Listening, music, Uncategorized, Visualization  |  1 Comment

It looks like Glitch Mob is getting into the act alongside of Daft Punk with a remix of “Derezzed,” one of the best tracks off of the recent Tron soundtrack. The combination of sounds and visuals effectively blends the line between musical elements and sound effects in this video. Check out the usage of motorcycle sounds in time with the music!

Text-to-movie: Storyboard of the future?

February 6, 2010 // Posted in Audio Software, General, Software, Visualization  |  No Comments

Text-to-speech systems have been in development for a very long time.  One that I use frequently for creating placeholder dialog in games is the AT&T Labs Natural Voices text-to-speech demo.  It’s a free service that enables the user to type out any phrase and then download an audio file with that phrase spoken by any number of synthesized accents.  For the most part they sound very realistic!  The only caveat is that some words need to be spelled phonetically to translate well.

So it was with great pleasure that I discovered the website Xtranormal has a web-based procedurally generated storyboard application as well as a downloadable version.  I’ve attached my first text-to-video project as an example.  It’s a parody of Stanley Kubrik’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Here is my source.  Note the icons that were dragged and dropped into the script to trigger animations, camera positions, facial expressions and even a sound effect!

2010_script What I like about this software is that it makes the process of concepting film very easy, and allows for the rapid expression of ideas.  Video is rendered within the browser as well!

There are a few bugs that they still need to work out, but I’d imagine that they will fix them soon.  If you move the mouse too much while editing in the browser, it will reset your project and there are some issues with formatting video during the publishing process.  Overall, this is a fun and useful set of tools for kids and professionals alike.

What you see is what you hear: Pulp Fiction remixed

November 1, 2009 // Posted in Audio Software, Culture, Software, Visualization  |  No Comments

In the past two years or so, we’ve been seeing more and more videos where people sample video and audio in combination and sequence them in interesting ways.

This most recent video however, takes a very new approach.  Using Pulp Fiction as source material, the editor of this video created a 6 part montage of sound effects and musical samples from the film to build a new experience.  The brilliance of this is that by taking source material that is familiar to us all, the technique becomes accessible.

Considering that people enjoy making these vid-sequences and their popularity is growing, I’d imagine that we will begin to see apps that make the process of creating these videos fun and easy.

[link from Urlesque]

Billie Tweets

July 9, 2009 // Posted in Audio Software, Culture, Visualization (Tags: , , , , ) |  No Comments

Billie Tweets is a Twitter based tribute to Michael Jackson by the open source software developers 9Astronauts.  It combines Michael Jackson’s video of Billie Jean with a karaoke style scrolling of lyrics highlighted word by word from recent tweets.  Each word in the song is pulled from a new “tweet” and displayed on the website in time with the music.  It’s a very forward thinking presentation and worth looking at.


– Adam Smith-Kipnis

InBFlat: Harmonization with YouTube

June 3, 2009 // Posted in Audio Software, Culture, Software, Visualization  |  1 Comment

In Bb 2.0 is one of the more interesting websites I’ve seen in a while.  “In Bb 2.0 is a collaborative music and spoken word project conceived by Darren Solomon from Science for Girls.”

Darren Solomon requested that fans record and post videos in the same key.  He then assembled selected videos on one webpage, effectively transforming a browser into a web-based audio video mixing board.

Because all the videos are in the same key, they mix harmonically and sound very natural.  The different elements are not in the same tempo but this interactive song is not driven by rhythm.  Each piece fits an ambient vibe and they all blend well.  It’s a very cool concept and one that I’m sure we’ll be seeing more interpretations of in the future.

Of the many videos posted, these are my favorite.