Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Lost in the Fog.

It's been foggy for the past couple of days in South East Sussex.

So today I decided to take a trip down to Rye Harbour (again) to get a recording of the Fog Horn used to guide boats into the Harbour.

Here is a video containing one of the sounds I recorded and some images to show just how foggy it was.



You could cut that fog with a knife!

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Lewes Bonfire 2010

I was lucky enough to be invited to be part of a film crew attending Lewes Bonfire.

Lewes Bonfire is the largest Guy Fawkes Night celebration in the UK. The Lewesians take it very seriously. With 6 Bonfire Societies celebrating on the 5th of November, with 6 different Bonfires in different parts of the town.

We chose to follow the Cliffe Bonfire society, conducting interviews and collecting footage of the event.

This sample was made at the Bonfire event, between the lighting of the fire and the beginning of the fire works.

Lewes Bonfire - Cliffe Society Bishops by Audious

There were 3 Bishops on a podium (real people), with one of them reading something over a loud speaker. Whilst they were doing this members of the Cliffe society were throwing bangers AT them.

The whole event was amazing and chaotic. For me, this was the most memorable moment of the event.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Field Studies 2010.

This last week I took part in a Field Studies Workshop being run by London Metropolitan University.

The course was designed to give people of all ages and backgrounds, from Architects to Musicians an opportunity to gain knowledge and hands on experience in using Field Recording equipment.

The students of the course was split into 3 groups, who were each given a number of listening exercises and theories, before identifying locations within the city which would have and interesting sound environment to study. The groups would gather recordings from their chosen location(s) and then compose these recordings into a composition to play to the rest of the workshop.



My group decided to study the Barbican. I personally took interest in the crowded area's including the Foyer, the general library and the Garden Canteen on the fourth floor. Here is a sample I made from the Foyer of the building.

Foyer of the Barbican by Audious

Over the 4 days we received lectures from all 3 of the tutors with an insight into the work they had done in the past. The Lecturers included John Drever, Marc Behrens and Justin Bennett.

The course was great fun and the information and experience that was gained over the 4 days was well worth the £150.

For more information on the course and the lecturers click here

Friday, 13 August 2010

Rye Town Ambiance Preview Mix

As anyone who has been following this blog, my Twitter feed or the Audious Podcast will know that I have spent much of this summer working on Project capturing the Ambiance Sounds of a small coastal tourist town in the South East of England called Rye.

With this project nearing completion, I have compiled a Preview Mix of some of the Ambiances which will be available in the library.

Rye Town Ambiance Preview Mix by Audious

The Rye Town: A Coastal Tourist Town in South East England, Ambiance Sound Library will be available to purchase soon.

Keep checking back for more information.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

An Early Morning Trip to the Marshes

I stepped out of my house at around 4am this morning, and aimed for Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. Having been tipped off a few weeks before hand that there were a number of Seasonal Birds around at this time of year, I thought maybe this would be an interesting place to try and capture a dawn chorus.

Not knowing what to expect, I was initially quite disappointed with what I heard. I could hear the dawn chorus starting, but I couldn't find any way to get close enough to any trees or bushes that were housing any wild life.

I carried on deeper into the reserve and could in the distance hear a raw which I, at first, passed off as the sound of the Sea in the distance. With the Raw getting louder I decided to explore further.

As I got closer I the sound was becoming more distinct, and the sky was beginning to lighten up enough for me to see what I was hearing. This certainly wasn't a flock of Seagulls... I think it could have been better described as a "swarm"!

There were thousands of them, all flying around in circles, squawking away in a constant dron

I havn't got around to cataloguing my recordings properly yet, but here is an example of what I heard.

Sea Bird Dawn Chorus by Audious

And here is another recording, I made earlier in my visit. This one is a bit calmer.






Dawn Chorus, Rye Harbour, Sea Gulls, Birds, humm from nearby houses by Audious

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Children Always Play Up

I was out recording in Rye, East Sussex on a hot summers day. A mum and daughter walked past my set up, and as they walked past the girl turned her head to my mic and did this.

Children always play up. by Audious

I smiled at the woman as she walked past. Im sure her daughter will be a radio start one day.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

The Ancient Town of Rye.



I recently made a visit to the Town of Rye, in East Sussex, England. As well as a busy town centre Rye boasts a number of cobbled high streets leading up to the church and a number of small rivers going throughout the town. This makes Rye a great location for tourists all across the world to visit.

I decided to make Rye the subject of my latest recording project. I spent my first afternoon walking around the town in both ancient and modern areas capturing sounds, and scouting locations for my next return.

It was a lovely sunny day, so there were plenty of tourists around, although sometimes the wind
got up a little bit causing some unwanted noise in nearby trees and bushes.

This project is set to continue. I aim to capture a vast array of different location sounds from the town, so watch out for more information on this project coming over next few weeks and months.

You can hear one of the recordings made during this visit by subscribing to the Audious Podcast (Episodes dated 1st and 7th June 2010).

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Mobile Phone Vibrating Sound

Recently there has been a sound that I hear regularly in TV programmes, films and internet videos that keeps catching my attention when I hear it.

The Mobile Phone Vibration.



You can buy an MP3 version of this sound for £1. You are more than welcome to use it in your videos, films or compositions, just send me an e-mail or leave a comment and I'll send you a copy of the full license plus a .wav version.

Much like my version of it (above), it always sounds far too "boxy". It tends to catch me by surprise and pull me out of the program itself and makes me think for a second "Oh sweet, text message!" before the character on screen pulls out their mobile phone.

I created this boxiness by placing the mobile phone on top of a cardboard box and then place the microphone underneath it. This amplified the vibration.

Remember, calling a mobile phone will cause interference in the recording equipment. I actually recorded this by flicking on and off the vibrate switch on the phone.

This was a quick recording that I made, just to make a point. The cardboard box I used was quick beaten and battered. In another recording of this sound I would experiment with different boxes and chambers of different sizes and materials to see what would give a crispest sound.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Beside the River.

Whilst driving around looking for interesting countryside sounds to record I came across a bridge down a lane.

The river was in a small valley, it was a long distance from the main road, so there was no traffic noise pollution. There was a lot of trees around and unfortunately, there was enough wind to be heard blowing in the trees.

I tried 3 positions when recording this sound. The first was to gather and all round image of the terrain. I placed the microphone about 3 metres away from the river, pointing towards it. The second recording was place at the same distance, but point in a parallel direction to the river.

With both of these recordings I found that the wind in the trees and the surrounding wild life were more prominent that the river itself. Unfortunately, the wind was not the most pleasant of sounds.

For the third attempt, I decided to change the perspective and get a close up recording of the river itself. So I moved the microphone as close as I could to the river, pointing it in the direction of the stream to get a good left to right stereo image.

You can listen to an example of this recording by subscribing to the Audious Podcast (Episode Dated 17th May 2010).

Alternatively, the sample is available for FREE to add to your sound library by downloading the FREE Audious Sound Sample Pack.

Monday, 10 May 2010

Audious Sound Design Podcast - Ambiance Series.

Series 3 of the Audious Podcast is now going live. Click Here for the iTunes link

This series is showcasing some of the Ambiance sounds that I have recently started recording.

  1. The first episode showcases a recording made on Winchelsea Beach. For more information on this recording see a recent blog entry called "Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside" Number 2
  2. The second episode showcases a recording made beside a country stream. For more information on this recording, see the blog entry called "Beside the River"
  3. The third episode showcases a Outside SubUrban Ambiance made in a little village called Broad Oak (aka my back garden) in East Sussex, UK.
  4. A bonus episode in this series, showcases a recording made recently in Rye, East Sussex. The recording is of a busy road in the town centre near a group of tourists.
  5. The Fifth Episode returns to Rye, but to an area with less traffic and more tourists. It discusses the use of Walla.

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Wednesday, 5 May 2010

FREE Audious Sample Pack 1.

Audious Sound Design is pleased to announce the release of the first FREE Sample pack.

The sound recordings in the sample pack are completely royalty free, and you can add them to your sound effect library.

To download the FREE Audious Sample Pack, please fill out the following questionnaire:





Wednesday, 7 April 2010

"Oh I do like to be beside the sea side". Number 2


Back in January 2009 whilst recording sounds for the original Clover game, I paid a short visit to Winchelsea Beach, Near Rye in East Sussex to make a recording (Read the article here). This recording was Broadcast on BBC Southern Counties later that year during an interview with Daniel Jones from Binary Tweed.

Well, today I made my return to the beach to make a new recording. Because the original was recorded in Mono due to equipment restrictions and the file restrictions of the game. Now with my new Stereo recording equipment I felt it was a good time to make another take.

This recording was made at Mid-tide, whereas the original was Low-tide. It was slightly windier today, and the sea was rougher. There were a few people present, but everyone was respecful of the recording.

One person even approached to have a nose what I was doing at which point we realised we actually knew each other. What a small world.

Here is a clip of the recording.

Monday, 29 March 2010

Audious Sound Design Podcast - A Curious Tale Series - Episode 5

The fifth episode of the A Curious Tale series of Audious Podcasts has just gone live.

This episode describes the creation of one of the games more complex sound effects, the Drawbridge.

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I hope you're enjoying playing Clover: A Curious Tale.

If you have not played it yet, the game is available from Blitz 1-Up

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Audious is growing up.

This week saw the arrival of some new gear at Audious.

I've gotten my grubby little mitts on a brand new Fostex FR2-LE and a Rode NT4.

The Fostex FR2-LE, is a 2 track field recorder, which is not only used by a number of professional sound recordist and film studio's around the world. It is also used "out of this world", it is the chosen device for recording sound in outer space.

The Rode NT4, is stereo X/Y condenser microphone.

This combination is great for on-location recordings. I will be out and about over the coming months and years recording ambiances and sounds which I've previously been unable to collect. I have a growing list of places that I want to visit. This is great for film recordings and band recordings.

Expect another series of Podcasts to come soon after the current one finish's, with examples of the sounds that I have been out recording.

In the meantime, here a sample of the first recording that I made whilst playing around with this combination. Recorded in my backgarden in a suburban neighbourhood at around 5pm this evening, note rush hour traffic in the distance and nearby countryside birds.

Monday, 22 March 2010

Audious Sound Design - A Curious Tale - Podcast Episode 4

The fourth episode of the A Curious Tale series of Audious Podcasts has just gone live.

This episode describes the creation of the Sound of Sam Rummaging through some broken glass.

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I hope you're enjoying playing Clover: A Curious Tale.

If you have not played it yet, the game is available from Blitz 1-Up

Monday, 15 March 2010

Audious Sound Design - A Curious Tale - Podcast Episode 3

The third episode of the A Curious Tale series of Audious Podcasts has just gone live.

This episode discusses the process in creating the final sound for the book drop sound effect.

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I hope you're enjoying playing Clover: A Curious Tale.

If you have not played it yet, the game is available from Blitz 1-Up

Monday, 8 March 2010

Audious Sound Design - A Curious Tale - Podcast Episode 2

The second episode of the A Curious Tale series of Audious Podcasts has just gone live.

This episode discusses some of the problems in making the Pocket Watch sound effect.

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I hope you're enjoying playing Clover: A Curious Tale.

If you have not played it yet, the game is available from Blitz 1-Up

Audious Show Reel

Here is an updated version of the Audious Showreel.

This showreel contains clips from Binary Tweeds and Blitz 1 Ups new release Clover: A Curious Tale.

Monday, 1 March 2010

Audious Sound Design - A Curious Tale - Podcast Episode 1

Clover, A Curious Tale is now complete and due for release on Blitz 1-up Wednesday 3rd March 2010.

Clover has been an on-going project for Audious over the past year and a half, and to celebrate the games release we have recorded and new series of Podcasts.

The first episode showcases the Cobweb breaking sound effect from the game.

If you already subscribe to the podcast, it should automatically download the latest episode. If not you may need to update the subscription manually in your Podcatching software.

To set up a new subscription follow one of these links:

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