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Sound design of common objects

What are good resources to learn more about sound design of real (as opposed to digital) objects e.g. the sound of your keyboard when you type. Surely someone purposefully makes and designs those sounds, using a gang of engineers, psychologists, and who knows what else. I'd really like to learn more about this process. Any pointers?
posted by mateuslee on Feb 22, 2014 - 17 answers

Is there a movie that takes place in a completely different sound world?

I'm looking for movies with a sound design that changes all of the typical sounds of the world. Something like replacing all of the "normal" sounds with something strange, like doors closing would all sound like "pew!" or footsteps would all be "bloop" or something. Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Mar 25, 2013 - 15 answers

Does copyright law cover samples used in industrial sound design?

To what degree does copyright law cover the sounds objects make, when those sounds are actually samples? I know copyright law covers sampling in media; if I sample a song or other media, I need to check that my use of the sample aligns with various licenses. As far as I know, it doesn't cover the sounds of most other (non-media) objects: if I record the chiming sound a mechanical clock makes, as far as I know I don't need to ask anyone's permission. But what happens if my clock doesn't chime mechanically, but instead plays a sample of a chime? It's playing sound media; if I want to record it do I need to ask anyone's permission? [more inside]
posted by Michael Pulsford on Jan 24, 2013 - 10 answers

Now hear this!

Exceptional movie sound design. [more inside]
posted by mazola on Dec 10, 2012 - 25 answers

sound mixing 101 in a crunch

I need help learning the very basics of sound mixing by Monday [more inside]
posted by timsneezed on Apr 25, 2012 - 10 answers

Differing values for LFO depth for Peak and Trough?

Is there a way to change LFO depth so that it isn't one number that applies to both peak and trough, but that you can have the peak be one value and the trough at another? [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Feb 25, 2011 - 6 answers

What is the modern-day music composition process like?

Composers, musicians, songwriters: What steps do you take to create a piece of music from scratch? Additional questions about working as a composer, music software, planning processes, etc. inside. [more inside]
posted by matticulate on Nov 23, 2010 - 23 answers

Short Film about a Foley Artist

I'm trying to find the name of an old short film (circa 70's-90's) about a Foley artist / showman performing Foley sound effects live to a film that is being projected in an ornate theater, with a number of props laid out in front of him. [more inside]
posted by SmileyChewtrain on Oct 27, 2010 - 12 answers

What is this sound effect I keep hearing?

Is there a name for the "gate opening" sound effect I keep hearing? [more inside]
posted by brundlefly on Apr 7, 2010 - 16 answers

I would like to follow in the loud footsteps of Jack Foley.

What are some films with great work by a Foley artist? [more inside]
posted by Tufa on Mar 1, 2009 - 13 answers

What makes an old movie sound like an old movie?

What makes an old movie sound like an old movie? I recently watched Young Frankenstein, and the sonic atmosphere of it was a (to me) convincing imitation of movies from the 30s. The tones of voices, timing of dialogue, even the silences, somehow. I can hear it but I can't explain what I'm hearing or how they might have accomplished this. Can you?
posted by moonmilk on Oct 9, 2008 - 13 answers

Looking for College Courses That Allow Students to Develop Their Own Music/Sound Art Projects

Sound Art/Music Tech/Interesting Music: Courses (MI) [more inside]
posted by lunkfish on Feb 2, 2005 - 8 answers

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