Sound Inspiration, Sound Designs

Longwood Gardens: Behind-the-Plants

Historically, the students in Longwood’s Professional Gardener Program were given plots to design and maintain at their residences, so that they could be responsible for every aspect of garden design–from concept to implementation. But since last summer, the students have been creating new, unique gardens, named the Student Exhibition Gardens, for Longwood’s visitors to enjoy.

Design Sketch for the 2011 Student Exhibition Gardens

In conjunction with Longwood’s exhibit this year, Notes from the Forest (open through October 16, 2011), we were given the exciting and challenging task of creating 4 distinctly different garden spaces that incorporated the theme of sound.

Our creative process began to take shape last summer under the direction of instructor, landscape designer, and former Professional Gardener student, Dan Maffei. We were given the tools to begin the process. As with any new design concept, we met with our client, which in this case was Longwood Gardens. This valuable opportunity allowed the client to express…

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Engine Rebuild Stop Motion

Foot Down Throttle It

11 Months, 3000 pictures and a lot of coffee. We came across this absolute piece of gold. Chris Herridge documented his path to rebuilding his old engine which suffered a ‘catastrophic failure’. He simply took the pictures to remember which steps were made in the process. But with all of this documentation he had the idea to create an animation with some fitting music. A great watch, and here are the results…

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Monday Morning Edition

The WordPress.com Blog

In our fast-moving lives, it’s easy to sometimes miss out on great things. Before starting a new week on WordPress.com, be sure to check out the features that made a splash on  Hot Off the Press  last week:

Pro tip of the week: Would you like linked images to open in a new window or tab? Once you’ve inserted the image, click on the pencil icon in the top-left corner…

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The Blue Notes of Sampling

Sounding Out!

Sound and Tech This is article 2.0  in  Sounding Out! ‘s April  Forum on “Sound and Technology.” Every Monday this month, you’ll be hearing new insights on this age-old pairing from the likes of  Sounding Out!  veterano  Aaron Trammell  along with new voices  Andrew Salvati  and  Owen Marshall .  These fast-forward folks will share their thinking about everything from Auto-tune to techie manifestos. So, turn on your quantizing for  Sounding Out!  and enjoy today’s supersonic in-depth look at sampling from from  SO!  Regular Writer  Primus Luta .  – JS, Editor-in-Chief

My favorite sample-based composition? No question about it: “Stroke of Death” by Ghostface and produced by The RZA.

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Supposedly the story goes, RZA was playing records in the studio when he put on the Harlem Underground Band’s album. It is a go-to album in a sample-based composer collection, because of the open drum breaks. One such break appears in the cover of Bill…

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