I am always researching new sound design techniques and I enjoy taking a look at how other sound designers work. I would like to share with you a playlist that I have been compiling for some time now. It has lots of high-quality videos detailing the creative processes and methods of some of the most talented audio professionals around. Some notable people include: Erik Aadahl; Hans Zimer; Amon Tobin; and Diego Stocco (to name but a few).
There is hours of content in there, so have a look through the list, bookmark it, and watch as much as you can when you get the time.
If you have a teacher (of any sort) that you cannot please, that you cannot learn from, that is unwilling to take you where you need to go because he is defending the status quo and demonstrates your failure on whatever report card he chooses to use, you could consider yourself a failure. Or you could remind yourself…
1. Grades are an illusion
2. Your passion and insight are reality
3. Your work is worth more than mere congruence to an answer key
4. Persistence in the face of a skeptical authority figure is a powerful ability
5. Fitting in is a short-term strategy, standing out pays off in the long run
6. If you care enough about the work to be criticized, you’ve learned enough for today
I believe it is an excerpt from his piece ‘Stop Stealing Dreams’, which you can read/download here.
I am currently working on a new project called Leicester Soundmap.
The project aims to raise awareness of the sonic environment and acoustic ecology by building a community which shares field-recording of various places in the local area. With these recordings the community will be able to build a soundmap of Leicestershire by sharing their content via the Freesound Project. The project also aims to get individuals to engage with the local sonic environment, and change the way they listen to sounds in general, by actively encouraging the community to experiment with soundscape composition. These compositions can then be shared with the community via a Soundcloud group.
If you live in the Leicestershire, or the project interests you in any other way then please check it out.
I figure it’s about time I actually started posting stuff on this blog. So to start off I’ll keep it short and sweet, and share something that may help to give you some inspiration. It is a short quote from Ira Glass talking about how our taste drives us to be creative, and how we shouldn’t give up when our work fails to meet our own expectations. This is definitely something I can relate to.
It’s also worth checking out this video by David Shiyang Liu
I hope that gives you some food for thought. There will be plenty more posts coming up in the near future, just keep watching this space.