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Aptly monikered sound-designer Jeremiah Savage created the amazing Kore Soundpack ‘Acoustic Refractions‘ for Absynth.

The video was created by Torley on his review site and gives a wonderfully enthusiastic overview. Some of the sounds are just superb.

Add it to my wishlist.

More botanically referenced genius with this amazing synth. This is top of my list of plug-ins to get.

Following my previous post I’ve been using Forester over the last couple of days after downloading it from Leafcutter John’s website. It is a phenomenal piece of software and highly addictive. I’ve messed around loading a variety of sample folders into it. It extracts 6 randomly and then proceeds to mangle the sounds into weird and wonderful soundscapes as you drag the cursor around the ‘trees’ that it generates.

A lot of the resulting sound mixtures are a total mess but with a bit of careful surgery you can get stupendously strange but highly usable chunks that really sound like nothing else and would be near impossible to make without the algorithmic random structure that the program provides.

So far I seem to be having some success by laying cut up sections over a house beat and bassline. The somewhat inane and predictable stucture this provides contrasts well with the ludicrous vocal and synth mashup chaos created on Forester. I hope to post an MP3 of the completed song soon.

I cannot recommend this highly enough. It is donationware, so it’s ‘free’ (now also available on PC), but you can contribute funds to the artist as and when. I’m considering buying his latest album now – I bought an The Housebound Spirit a few years ago on Bleep (which seems to be down at the moment) – it’s a haunting and beautiful collection.

Thanks Leafcutter John!

Just discovered this haven for tips and tricks and fabulous creations based on Native Instruments products.

Here is a link to a short Massive video tutorial as an example of what’s on offer: Sequenced NI Massive patches in Kore 2 from Create Digital Media on Vimeo.

Splice is an application that allows you to load and mix sounds into songs using its online sequencer.

I’ve registered on the site and I’m planning to get started on some online projects asap.

Note: (29/05/09) Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t get onto this site at all and haven’t been able to pretty much since I first blogged about it- link is broken, page doesn’t load or something.  Good luck.

 

Been messing around with Picasa 3 (Beta on the Mac – at long last!)  You can put a collage like this together in minutes.  Lovely.

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I’ve spent much of today working on a video for Phoenix Academy and trying to learn to use Final Cut Express. I’m attempting to put together a scene using cricket footage. However, I’m not much of a sports fan and feel somewhat out of my depth, both in terms of my knowledge of cricket and of how to work Final Cut. Video codecs (if that’s the right word) are deeply mysterious things.

MacProVideo’s excellent course on Final Cut, which I got this morning, seems to be making it all much easier though – well, only the video editing, not the cricket. It’s available for download at the title link above.

I’m starting to get to grips with them though and, luckily, half a lifetime spent growing up in England (the other half elsewhere) I seem to have absorbed a reasonable grasp of cricket, a deeply arcane and strange but fascinating game. I might even start liking it…

Tomorrow I have to work on improving the Phoenix website, which is still only preliminary.


I’ve spent much of today working on a video for Phoenix Academy and trying to learn to use Final Cut Express. I’m attempting to put together a scene using cricket footage. However, I’m not much of a sports fan and feel somewhat out of my depth, both in terms of my knowledge of cricket and of how to work Final Cut. Video codecs (if that’s the right word) are deeply mysterious things.

MacProVideo’s excellent course on Final Cut, which I got this morning, seems to be making it all much easier though – well, only the video editing, not the cricket. It’s available for download at the title link above.

I’m starting to get to grips with them though and, luckily, half a lifetime spent growing up in England (the other half elsewhere) I seem to have absorbed a reasonable grasp of cricket, a deeply arcane and strange but fascinating game. I might even start liking it…

Tomorrow I have to work on improving the Phoenix website, which is still only preliminary.

Freemind is a mind-mapping program. It is, as the name suggests, free, as well as being open-source and cross-platform (it runs in Java).

I am a user and fan of NovaMind, which I could buy because at the time I had long-term paid employment, but, while this program lacks many of NovaMind’s bells and whistles, it still looks excellent.

Freemind is a mind-mapping program. It is, as the name suggests, free, as well as being open-source and cross-platform (it runs in Java).

I am a user and fan of NovaMind, which I could buy because at the time I had long-term paid employment, but, while this program lacks many of NovaMind’s bells and whistles, it still looks excellent.

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