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METADATA: Additional Fields?

Ok, so as a collective group of random recordists, sound editors & designers (& therefore metadata users) what fields are currently missing from the spec? Hang on, which spec? Well, I am going to suggest SoundMiner only because it is…

Transferring Metadata

Following this thread on gearslutz got me thinking about a process that has always been painful for me i.e. transferring the metadata from one file to another. I have often dreamed of a drag & drop application that would copy…

Do YOU use Metadata?

Ok, I’m sure you are a little overwhelmed with the amount of info in the last post. One of the side benefits of THE DOORS project was getting to know some of the individuals who read (& now contribute) to…

Metadata support in Sound Library Apps

Following on from previous posts about metadata, I have emailed the developer of each library app and asked the same questions of them, specifically: Could you provide basic info for me as to how your application handles metadata? – does…

Sound Library App Metadata Support

Ok I am contacting the following companies to enquire as to their applications metadata support… I am just publishing this list now so you can tell me if I have missed anyone out? AudioFinder Basehead Library Monkey NetMix ReMetacator Snapper…

METADATA Test with Wave Agent

Following up on yesterdays post re Metadata, I installed Wave Agent and imported a test file: METADATA TEST.wav and I added the following metadata: SCENE: 27 TAKE: 3 NOTES: “THIS IS A TEST OF ADDING METADATA in WAVE AGENT” I…

You and your Metadata….

Data about data, that’s got to be pretty interesting right? Well, it turns out to be more interesting than you might think. But first lets get the definition under control: Metadata is data about other data – that’s where its…

Archiving Family Photos & Documents

a Q for archivists: I have volunteered to become our family archivist and will be scanning all photos & negs, starting from late 1800s/early 1900s… I’m fine with the tech side of it (scanning, metadata, naming, backup etc) but can…

100K MIC TEST

New HISSandaROAR library just released: FX014 100K MIC TEST Recording the same props with 8 microphones! 1. Sanken CUX100K – cardioid 2. Sanken CUX100K – omni 3. Sennheiser MKH8050 – supercardioid 4. Sennheiser MKH8040 – cardioid 5. Sennheiser MKH8020 –…

Local

iPhone snaps as instant metadata for xpan shots      

HISSandaROAR 11th Birthday Sale

  HISSandaROAR 11th Birthday Sale has now started! 50% off every sound library for the rest of August All sound libraries now have UCS metadata (also available via SoundMiner cloud) Thanks to Murphy for putting up with my microphones!  …

Rainy Saturday

    Perfect day for… working on metadata :/ Also…   ‘rain on long wire’ recording… raindrops act like tiny impulses, triggering long wire resonance From an oblique angle, looks like a science experiment…        

A Sound Library Q – takes per file

    Someone on the VI Forum/SFX asked a question about sound library formatting, specifically about the chocie between [1 take per file] and [multiple takes per file] “One oddity I’ve run into is that sometimes, a wav file in…

Turbulent flow

    Every time I go for a drive over to the Wairarapa & beyond, I pass this bend in the Upper Hutt River and notice the strange rocks… and think to myself, I must come here for a shoot.…

First of Many

      Swapping a few tweets with soundies & reflecting on 10 years of HISSandaROAR I was reminded of this photo. Checking the EXIF metadata it was shot on November 29th, 2006 with my first digital camera, a tiny…

Audio Cortex

  AudioCortex is a new deep learning sound browser for macOS from IcedAudio. Trained on over 100,000 sounds it can analyze sounds that have no metadata or other information and place them into logical descriptive categories. The video above demonstrates…

Little planet

      Someone on FB asked me how I made this, so here is how: Process to make this: (1) fly to position and lock exposure, focus & white balance, then tell the drone to capture a 360 panorama…

Sea Animals

  Hey, lets catch up for lunch Sure, how about Tuesday? Perfect, what do you feel like eating? Sea animals Whaaaaaat?????       METADATA WTF?       WTF with “Acid”? Do they mean Hydrochloric? X0X? Antique Vehicles? Don’t…

The Two Twitters

I had a (Twitter DM) conversation with someone yesterday and it soon became aware they were using the first Twitter, and that was all they were aware of, as Twitter. That version of Twitter is similar to Facebook or Instagram…

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▶ Robots, they’re coming for your drum solo!   ▶ MPAA Adds New Rating To Warn Audiences Of Films Not Based On Existing Works   ▶ Vintage photographs altered by Anja Wülfing   ▶ Fascinating reading: Avian Acoustics Research at…

Listening to incense

I’ve had a few interesting experiences in the last few days, listening to incense. And no, thats a turn of phrase I made up (aka burnt contact mics?) – it is apparently a traditional Japanese idea. I visited the Shoyeido…

An appreciation for empty grain silos

Two fragments of nostalgia; the first I have no doubt mentioned before, that on my parents farm we had three grain silos and some of my earliest sound memories are as a small kid running around inside them, generating thunder.…

USB Sharing

My new year (and the end of the old one) was spent moving atoms – lots of them! While I was away for the last four months doing my two Artist Residencies, all of my ‘stuff’ was in storage at…

No Selfies

Years ago someone explained it to me eloquently, but I only half remember it; ‘if someone gives you a camera and you are over X years old, you will point it at what you find interesting in the world… But…

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Apparition HD all scenes – Klaus Obermaier & Ars Electronica Futurelab from Klaus Obermaier on Vimeo. APPARITION is an interactive real-time generated dance and media performance feat. Desiree Kongerod and Rob Tannion, with music by Klaus Obermaier   > Laura…

My new hobby – digitizing vinyl

Not sure if hobby is the right term, but leisure time activity reminds me of Leisure Suit Larry… yeech! Maybe background task is better? Anyway I set up a vinyl digitising station yesterday, using gear that was gathering dust, so…

Field Recording Tips

I know there are a lot of very experienced field recordists who read this blog, so after stumbling across Greg Shaws brief but poignant field recording tips I wondered if we might expand on that list & attempt to compile…

New Ambience Libraries

Looks like there will be two new ambience libraries available next week – both multichannel although in different ways… Check the preview videos, first Tonsturms Mountain Air I sincerely hope they tag the metadata of any tracks with birds or…

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“Ferrous printer toner particles floating on the surface of water are attracted by a magnet and align to the invisible magnetic field around them….”   > the pauses/breaths in this video are almost the most disturbing part: CNN Concatenated  …

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> essential viewing/thinking-about:   > A list of highly recommended documentaries   > Just discovered the excellent mixes (i don’t like that ‘podcast’ word) by DFRNT: Insight “a showcase for new and emerging deep and dub-influenced bass music” – highly…

CROWD SOURCE FX LIBRARY 1 FINISHED!!!

First the great news – THE DOORS library is finished!!! I’ve been saying this for the last week or more but I have now literally finished packing up the drives for the contributors and am dropping them off on Monday…

Conformalizer Group Buy

If you work in film sound post production then you will well know the myth that is locked picture. I remember when my friends were working on LOTR and back then they were still being delivered the cut on video…

SoundMiner Group Buy

After all my posts about metadata and sound library apps a couple of people suggested the idea of approaching the developers of SoundMiner to see if a group buy discount might be possible, so I contacted Steve at SoundMiner and…

HISSandaROAR SD004 Fireworks Library Released!

I am very happy to announce that Library number 4 is now available from HISSandaROAR! FIREWORKS is a library I have been planning for well over a year. Here in New Zealand fireworks are only sold for one week each…

THE DOORS – update & discussion

So firstly congrats to all the recordists who have uploaded their material – what a truly BRILLIANT collection it is rapidly becoming. The total currently sits at 70GB and tonight I have sent an email to everyone who committed to…

Waiohine Gorge

On the way back from my record mission yesterday i took a side trip into Waiohine Gorge and so after all that dry techy talk about metadata I thought I’d post a couple of photos I took in there…  …

DOOR NUMBER ONE

Ok heres a photo of the first door I’ve recorded for THE DOORS project – I recorded it while I was in Ngawi on my seal recording mission. I had thought I would record all the doors in the house…

THE DOORS – RECORD LIST

OK!!! We’ve got 114 recordists onboard now – this is going to be an awesome library! Heres my record list, please comment with any suggestions/alterations – I’ll edit this document to update it with peoples suggestions and improvements so it…

HISSandaROAR Library 2 released: SWISHES

Sounds have been performed, recorded and edited: organised, categorised & exported, metadata-ised, compiled, exported & rar-ified, uploaded, tagged, embedded & posted… All of which means I am very tired and Library 2 from HISSandaROAR is now available!

HISS and a ROAR site launch!

Wahoo – finally my new HISS and a ROAR site is live! UPDATE: Gianpaolo has just posted an interview he did with me re HISSandaROAR, check it out at SoundDesign.info UPDATE: and a great article at DesigningSound I created the…

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> OK – I have become a serious multi-tasker as of late… Day times I am 2 weeks away from starting predubs on this film I’ve been on for the last month or two, evenings & weekends I am solely…

Horace Andy Remix Update

Wow – there were 450 entries to the Horace Andy remix competition! They haven’t decided a winner yet due to there being so many entries & also being on tour, but it goes to show how much love there is…

Skimming for Jewels..

I seem to be collecting up more PDF ebooks than I can read & while I’m sure the trees are happy about that I’m not so sure my attention span is! Slowly I am becoming a chronic skim-reader, skipping through…

Car FX – part 2

Thanks to Michael for the question: “Just wanted to ask you how you found the dynamic mics handled wind and vibration noise when recording the Valiant Charger?” I’ve never had any trouble with either wind noise or vibration using dynamic…

GPS for field recording

This is one excellent project: Aporee Maps with GPS located field recordings! And best of all, its an open project: “This project is about sounds in relation to spaces & places, the interferences of public sonic layers with our everyday…

Do you scrobble?

Back in the day we used to swap tapes or, god forbid, actually talked about music… Yeah! and vehemently sometimes! Now it seems, software sits in the background, quietly observing what we are listening to & sharing the stats… I…

Found Music #1

I often find musical phrases when I’m manipulating sound effects & I came across one yesterday that I just had to share as it is so beautiful & yet the source is so unlikely. First the backstory: a few years…

Sounds like…

Plan B doing homage to Buchla https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-79tDaxsi4 I really hope the creator of this video used this random youtuber comment to name (or at least metadata tag) his soundfile: “Sounds like a skeleton playing the hambone backed up by parrots…

Picture Editing

In film sound editorial one of the most important people we deal with, aside from the director & producer, is the picture editor and their assistant/s… they are our conduit into the project & I have been lucky to work…