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Sound Production Links

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on January 11, 2013 by fgitler

I haven’t updated this blog in quite some time. There is not too much to report on the Sound Design front, but there probably have a few things I should get around to sharing. In the meantime, I’ve created a list of Music Production links at Stumbleupon:
Stumbleupon Production Links

There’s also a list of places to find new music, mixes, free music, etc: Music Sources



Strange radio sounds captured and re-used

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2012 by fgitler

I recognized a snippet of the first track from an old Stereolab track,
and Wilco used a piece most famously. Then I heard the same snippet from the Stereolab track on this Mocean Worker song: watch and listen to ‘Earth’ by MOWO I never knew what these were or that they had been compiled like this until asking Adam Dorn (aka Mocean Worker) yesterday — who said it was the sound collagist and hip-hop renegade Steinski who tipped him off to THE CONET PROJECT!

“Why is it that in over 30 years, the phenomenon of Numbers Stations
has gone almost totally unreported? What are the agencies behind the
Numbers Stations, and why are the eastern European stations still on
the air? Why does the Czech republic operate a Numbers Station 24
hours a day? How is it that Numbers Stations are allowed to interfere
with essential radio services like air traffic control and shipping
without having to answer to anybody? Why does the Swedish Rhapsody
Numbers Station use a small girls voice?
These are just some of the questions that remain unanswered.”

Odd, beautiful, puzzling, hypnotic, disturbing. Worth sharing.

Creative Commons licensed for non-commercial use. Wilco had to go to court for their use apparently.
Hear and download the full collection here

another free music application

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on November 15, 2010 by fgitler

I just came across Myna, the audio editor from Aviary.
I’m just amazed that all this stuff is out there and free now.


Aviary software's Myna audio editor

Memories of an ambient impact

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 20, 2010 by fgitler

I recently found out about an Aphex Twin covers collection by Dave Graham that can be heard at PercussionLab: Selected Orchestral Works

When I was working as a sound designer in my college theatre I used some Aphex Twin and other ambient recordings as the pre-show music for a play called The Adding Machine. The play is basically about the fact we’re born, we work, we die, we’re reborn and have to start all over again–the drudgery of it all. There’s more to it than that, but that’s what really grabbed me as I considered how to create the atmosphere for the production using pre-show music. I’ve written more thoughts on the importance of that elsewhere, but this was really the first time I found a way to create a sense of space and meaning with sound in a way that felt meaningful and instantly appropriate to the text and the direction. And thankfully the director agreed!

I recall that I used Blue Calx (not in Dave’s set) and other Aphex material as well–perhaps some of this–not 100% sure. My idea was this sort of dripping water ticking clock like monotony would evoke the endless cycle–a constant pulse without beginning or end really. Boy, did that blow some people’s minds! I had so many people coming up to me demanding to know WHAT that music was.

One of the theatre students who had to run sound for the run of the show listened to my half hour or so aphex/ambient mix that started the show every night for about a week. His name is Tim Lee and he’s become a director. I’ve since done sound for over a dozen shows with him.

So Dave Graham’s lovely set takes me back to a pleasant point in time–when I first received what felt like meaningful public recognition for my music selection, not at a party, not on the radio, but in a theatrical setting–it was powerful. It obviously stayed with me. Thanks Dave!

audio drugs

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on July 21, 2010 by fgitler

I-dosing: How teenagers getting digitally high with music on the internet

You can come to your own conclusions.

More Free Music Software

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on July 6, 2010 by fgitler

all sorts of vsts and more at this roundup over at music radar.

Propellerhead announces software upgrades

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on June 2, 2010 by fgitler

Propellerhead software (my sound design platform of choice) announced last week that upgrades to their Reason and Record software packages will be out at the end of the summer. click the image below to learn about the new features. Let the beta-testing begin!


The Kong Drum Designer in Reason 5