Asbjoern Andersen


Podcasts have transformed how we learn about what’s going on the in the world, and we’re finding even more sound-focused episodes by mainstream podcasts from Gimlet Media and Radiotopia.

In this roundup, you can hear about the importance of sound in UX design, how ringtones for phones have evolved over the years (almost into silence), and go on a strange journey that all started with a poorly-edited track of ambience (thanks to George Hufnagl for the recommendation).

You can also hear about the connections of music and meditation, Frank Preve’s career in the music tech industry, the massive amount of planning that went into the audio mix for the Eagles Super Bowl Parade, an interview with Paula Fairfield about the sound design of Game of Thrones, and a chat with Brian Schmidt about his incredible history in game audio. Happy listening!

Wireframe – Sounds like Good Design

Episode outline: ‘Sound is becoming more important in the world of design, especially as our devices shrink and we become less attached to screens. Wireframe speaks to sound designer Connor Moore and psychoacoustic expert Susan Rogers on the best ways to design for the ear.’

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99% Invisible – Ep 368: All Rings Considered

Episode outline: ‘Before we turned our phones to silent or vibrate, there was a time when everyone had ringtones — when the song your phone played really said something about you. These simple, 15 second melodies were disposable, yet highly personal trinkets. They started with monophonic bleeps and bloops and eventually became actual clips of real songs. And it was all thanks to a man named Vesku-Matti Paananen.’

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The Introvert Entrepreneur – Ep 170: Craig Shepard on Stillness, Music, and Challenging Assumptions

Episode outline: ‘Composer Craig Shepard finds innovative ways to bring our attention to the ordinary through music and stillness. We discuss releasing assumptions and embracing mindfulness. as well as how to build trust through small gestures.

Craig Shepard makes music related to stillness. Growing up in Connecticut, he would go for long walks in the middle of snowy nights, stopping to listen to the sheen of millions of snowflakes hitting the ground. Recent projects include On Foot: Brooklyn, a 91-day, 780-mile walking project in New York, and Trumpet City, a mass outdoor installation that has been realized in Seattle, New York City, and in Zurich and Bern, Switzerland. He directs the Music for Contemplation concert series and organizes Creating Music Together workshops and retreats.’

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    The “Electro-Mechanics ToolKit 2” Sound Effects Library features a wide range of versatile electro-mechanic motors, engines, tools and toys.
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  • Foley Door Sounds Pack Play Track 107 sounds included $19.99

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    More about the pack:

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    • Recorded with Zoom H6
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    [Use them again & again]

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The Listening Podcast – Listening with Francis Preve

Episode outline: ‘With a career that includes designing sounds for Ableton, Dave Smith, Korg, Roland, and Xfer, plus serving as Technology Editor for Beatportal.com, Francis Preve has carved a niche as one of the tech industry’s most in-demand sound designers. His work as a college professor in Austin, Texas, provides additional insight into how musicians of all skill levels interface with synthesizers, while his career as a technology journalist gives him a deeper appreciation of great product design and development.

Over the years, Preve’s musical output has included remixes for Dragonette, Orbital, Gabriel & Dresden, Sander Kleinenberg, and Dave Seaman. His original productions include collaborations like “Yin/Yang” with Wolfgang Gartner, “Glow Ballz” with Matt Lange, and “Get Down” with John Acquaviva & Olivier Giacomotto. He is also the founder of Symplesound, a soundware company focused on creating intuitive instruments and presets.

In 2017, Preve introduced his Scapes artform—entirely synthesized recreations of field recordings—which got the attention of the immersive sound design industry. He has presented and/or moderated panels on sound, synthesis, and production at conferences including SXSW, MacWorld, O’Reilly, and Project BBQ.’

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Reply All – Ep 147: The Woman in the Air Conditioner

Episode outline: ‘Halen had just moved in to his apartment when one night he hears footsteps coming into his room. Alex investigates.’

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Sound Design Live – Sound system design for the Eagles Super Bowl Parade

Episode outline: ‘In this episode of Sound Design Live I talk with Chris Leonard who is Director of Audio at IMS Technology Services. We discuss his sound system design and mix for the largest public event ever in Philadelphia covering 1 mile for the Eagles Super Bowl Parade, dealing with wide dynamic energy coming through a podium mic, and how to build relationships and get more work with Project Managers.’

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Gold Derby – Paula Fairfield (‘Game of Thrones’ sound designer): ‘It was a huge ride’!

Episode outline: ‘Paula Fairfield (‘Game of Thrones’ sound designer) chats with Gold Derby editor Matt Noble: ‘It was a huge ride’ on the backs of dragons!’

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Nick Murray – Brian Schmidt Interview – GameSoundCon & Video Game Composer/Sound Designer/Audio Director:

Episode outline: ‘In this interview, I spoke with Brian Schmidt on all things game audio & music. If you’re interested in making music for video games, this is the interview to watch as we go over everything! Well, we at least scratch the surface!

Brian Schmidt is the founder and creator of GameSoundCon. The 2008 recipient of the Game Audio Network Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Brian has been creating game music, sounds and cutting edge game sound technology since 1987. With a credit list of over 130 games and a client list including Zynga, Sony, Electronic Arts, Capcom, Sega, Microsoft, Data East, Namco, SounDelux and many others.’

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  • Game Audio Packs & Bundles Electro-Mechanics Toolkit 2 Play Track 860+ sounds included $67 $53.60

    The “Electro-Mechanics ToolKit 2” Sound Effects Library features a wide range of versatile electro-mechanic motors, engines, tools and toys.
    All waiting to be cut up, layered, edited and mangled with FX to become spaceship engines, robot movements, sci fi doors, weapon mechanics.
    This library is not meant to be a comprehensive tools library but rather a composite toolkit to bring futuristic electro-mechanic machines, devices, weapons, vehicles, … sonically to life.
    All cleaned and edited for direct use in your upcoming projects.

    All sounds have embedded BWF Metadata.

    Categories:

    Air Compressor • Angle Grinder • Band Saw • Belt Sander • Bowling Alley Machinery • Buffing Machine • Turning Lathe • Buzz Saw • Chop Saw • Doors & Shutters • Electric Drill • Electric Screwdriver • Electric Wood Plane • Evacuator • Film Projector • Fine Blanking Tool • Fretsaw • Grinding Lathe • Hand Blender & Mixer • Hoist Industrial • Industrial Vacuum Cleaner • Jigsaw • Mechanic Toys • Metal Saw • Milling Machine • Stationary Drill • Strimmer • Toy Helicopter

    20 %
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    Ends 1576623599
  • Game Audio Packs & Bundles RC Cars | Reely Core Buggy Play Track 170+ sounds included $35 $28

    Looking for sounds of a remote controlled car? Here you go: This sound effects library features 170 sound effects of the Reely Core RC Car. You get several on-board and external driving sounds, pass-bys, close-up steering mechanics and idling mixtures, and of course some crashes. All sounds are edited and cleaned for direct use in your upcoming sound design projects. All sounds contain detailed BWF Metadata.

    20 %
    OFF
    Ends 1576623599
  • Foley Crockery & Surfaces (Empty) Play Track 64 sounds included $20 $17

    A library containing a number of objects being picked up, put down and moved around on a number of surfaces including wood, glass and metal.

    15 %
    OFF
    Ends 1576623599
  • Foley Crockery & Surfaces (Full) Play Track 64 sounds included $20 $17

    A sfx library containing a number of different glasses and cups filled with liquid interacting with various surfaces including wood, metal and glass.

    15 %
    OFF
    Ends 1576623599
  • Foley Door Sounds Pack Play Track 107 sounds included $19.99

    107 door sound effects divided in different types:

    Metal Doors, Office Doors, Car Doors, Gates, Medieval Doors, Highschool Locker, Common House Doors, Stone Door, Keys Foley, Train Mechanism, Sci-fi Door, Wood Doors, Submarine Door

     

    More about the pack:

    • There are singe-shot sounds but also loops (for example, stone door opening loop)
    • This SFX are suitable for any kind of games.
    • Recorded with Zoom H6
    • Intuitive file naming
    • All you’ll ever need regarding Door sounds

     

    [Format]
    All files are in:

    • WAV – Stereo  44.1 Khz, 16bit
    • OGG – Stereo  44.1 Khz, 16bit

     

    [Use them again & again]

    Use the sound effects over and over, in any of your projects or productions, forever without any additional fees or royalties. Use the SFX in your game, in your trailer, in a Kickstarter campaign, wherever you need to, as much as you want to.

     

    [Professional audio services]

    For custom music, sound design, sound engineering or any other game audio services, please send a mail to: audioalchemiststore@gmail.com

 
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