HISSandaROAR Xmas Present (& Holiday Competition!)

Rather than do the usual HISSandaROAR Xmas present (i.e. some free sounds) I thought I’d make it a little more interesting this year, so this is a present with potentially an additional reward!


Basically I’ve extracted some rhythmic loops from some of the industrial recording I’ve been doing, along with scaffolding hits I came across: they are yours to do what you like with… But, if you make something interesting with them, email a link to xmas@HISSandaROAR.com & I’ll select a few – the best ten IMHO – and those people will receive a copy of the full library for free when its released early in 2015!

When I first started to mess with sound back in the steam age, one of the first digital gadgets I owned & noodled with extensively was a Yamaha SPX900 with two foot controllers. With it I could process, sample & loop sounds, and I spent many happy hours jamming with it… So this little competition harks back to that idea… But there aren’t any restrictions on what you do with these sounds – recycle them into an amen break if you really want to! Having fun is the main aim, and maybe its an excuse to have a play in the studio or on your laptop or iPad once the Xmas hangover has worn off…


1. Download the new free source material at HISSandaROAR.com/xmas


3. email a link to your creation to: xmas@HISSandaROAR.com


Deadline is January 5th!

And if you want to double check I got it, leave a comment on this post


Happy Holidays and thanks for supporting HISSandaROAR over the last 12 months!
Next year is a special year for me personally, and some serious planning & hard work has been occurring behind the scenes… 2015 is going to be the best yet!

If you are travelling during the holidays please be VERY aware:
there are even more idiots than usual on the roads, so take it easy!





Doctor Who x178

Doctor Who, all 178 Tom Baker episodes at the same time


Detritus 329

▶ Congrats to all my friends who have just finished 3 long years on Hobbit!

Theres a great article & interview with TJ HERE about production sound for the trilogy, and interview with re-recording mixer Chris Boyes HERE discussing their Dolby ATMOS mix workflow, and an article about dialogue editor Ray Beentjes HERE and his almost forensic use of Izotope RX4 Advanced…


▶ fascinating read on the evolution of birds


▶ brilliant: Werner Herzog quotes mashed with inspirational photos


a retro xmas



▶ The self-destructing modules behind the soundtrack of Forbidden Planet


This would be an apt place for me to deviate into a gravelly Gran Torino old-man rant about the permanently arrested, riskless nature of our culture — how everything in modern major moviedom is now derived from material meant for children or adolescents and aimed at adults desperate to remain in that state well into chronological maturity. But that’s not new…” – a rant about the Hollywood blockbuster franchise business



▶ there are some animals you just shouldn’t mess with!


▶ #funny and #wise – what you learn in your 40s


▶ interesting angle on the Sony hacks: The Weaponization of Code“cyber offense is easier than cyber defense”


▶ this might sound crazy but imagine if a by-product of those Sony hacks was that big business had to actually act ethically, because what happened to Sony could happen to anyone… The primary fear of whistle blowers stems from the fact that there is something to blow a whistle about, surely?


trailer for new Terence Malick film!


▶ if this is the future, god/jah/buddha help us: white guys wearin oculus rifts


▶ Funny interview with John Carpenter
For example:

Q: After you heard his ideas for the score to The Thing, what did you say?
JC: I said, “Fewer notes.”


Q: Is your love of movies still strong?
JC: “Yeah, but my love of getting up at four in the morning is not. That love fades through the years. And I have this career behind me. I got to live my lifelong dream. I got to become a movie director! What the fuck? I didn’t know I have to keep doing it. I can do it when I want to.”