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Patatap is an interactive animation/sound effects playground that’s perfect for a Friday. Created by Jono Brandel and Lullatone.

Hint: Put on your headphones and tap the letter keys on your keyboard.

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Clever, cute iPhone 5c animations


Built around the holes in the iPhone 5c cases, these fun animations are as much about great sound design as they are about clever design and animation.

Know who made it? Help with credits in the comments, please!

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Radium Audio rethinks sound showreel

Radium Audio takes an interesting approach to their sound design and music composition reel. Love the picture-in-picture behind the scenes.

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Combustion updates

Long-time sound design and composition powerhouse Combustion updates with a new site and work.

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Antfood’s frenetic sound design reel

Antfood’s 35-second sound design reel is a frenetic, fun romp for the eyes and ears.

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The Sound of LUX, OBEN

Amazing student work continues to pour out of French animation schools – this time from EMCA.

(Above) Juliette Oberndorfer creates an entrancing, enigmatic story in her grad film, LUX¬†(check out her blog and portfolio for more imagery) – but this otherwordly, cyclical transit is really heightened by the clever sound design of N’gouda¬†Prince¬†Ba, who previously composed the ethereal setting for¬†OBEN¬†earlier this year (below).

Aside from the fact that these stand alone as impressive visual and conceptual works, my real interest here was the emotional gravity created in both by this sole sound designer. ¬† N’gouda¬†Prince was kind enough to elaborate on his contributions to these works, his background, and expanding portfolio:

“I began my education in mathematics, but then transferred to a film school near EMCA, so I know a lot of students there – especially Thierno Ba, who asked me to work on OBEN.

For OBEN, I tried to create a tension to reflect the storm. It wasn’t easy. I wanted to compose a simple soundtrack, but the emphasis was the transitions between scenes. ¬†It’s a bit difficult to keep a musical coherence between the great outdoors and the hospital. For LUX… Juliette wanted ambiance without music, with a climactic ending. In general, it’s simple for me: I just try to tell a story with the sound paralleling the film visuals.

At the moment,¬†I’m working as an interaction and scenic designer for a museum (dance, exhibitions, theater). I’m also writing a new documentary film, and am developing the sound for animated film called “Sillage”. I hope I will succeed in telling the right story with the sound!”

No doubt it will be a success! ¬†We look forward to future work from N’Gouda Prince Ba and the students/grads of EMCA.


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[Interview] John Kassab: “Childhood of a Circle”, et al.

As I was being transported back to my youth watching Childhood of a Circle, I noticed a thread lining several recent posts here…

Melbourne-based audio designer & deep sea diver John Kassab has been making a subtle but sound statement through a handful of featured Motionographer articles, notably: Callum Cooper’s Full Circle, Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing (exerpt + interview), and of course, Kadavre Exquis’ recently released piece above (among others).

As the sculptors of all things aurally beautiful, sound designers are not often given their proper due, so be sure to lend an ear to John & all the other artists here who routinely tickle our cochlea.

Additionally, Exquis’ fine work showcased above definitely deserves a hand – specifically, the backgrounds are just killer.¬† View landscape set 1 / set 2 + check out more behind-the-scenes work in his Secret Files. Kadavre is also a musician, and you can pick up the retro-inspired Childhood of a Circle original soundtrack here.

UPDATE: John Kassab provided us a discussion in which he extends some great insight into his processes, perceptions of the field, finishing work in the digital age, and the beauty of the imperfect.  Read more after the jump.

Interview + Credits

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