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Synchronized video footage edited from the film “Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within”.
The Knife-Kit and Tunnel-Kit are sound sample kits based on processed field recordings. The recordings have been transformed into unique sounds through granular synthesis and convolution. The source material for the Knife-Kit includes various knives and a metal heating unit. For the Tunnel-Kit, recordings were done inside an actual tunnel. Impulse responses were also recorded (and included in the kit) that allowed the actual reverb of the tunnel to be recreated in the studio. All sounds have been individually chosen for their uniqueness and potential for use as source material for further sounds.
The sounds in the Bio-Kit come from recordings of palm tree leaves scraped with a stick. These sounds were then transformed through granular synthesis and other effects processing. All the samples in the kit were chosen for their unique characteristics, with a focus on their potential as source material for further new sounds.
Though we often take our surroundings for granted, the potential for it’s transformation is limitless. The above image is an environment built by cutting up and re-organizing photographs of the real landscape. The result retains familiar characteristics, yet has a synthetic look to it that could be considered beyond real. This approach is fundamental to all of the sounds, music and video on Alive Machine.
“The Tunnel” is an audio reconstruction of the descent into the tunnel. All sounds used to create this come from recordings made inside and around the actual tunnel. Through processing and editing, the space of the real tunnel was digitally rebuilt in sound. This sound not only rebuilds the space of the tunnel through time, but also the experience of descending into it’s depths. Through sound, this experience now transcends it’s original physical space.