An American Dream

 

Not only is Cody Samson a talented musician; he's equally well versed in the world of motion media, creating graphics with a message. For his Senior thesis at SCAD, Cody seized the opportunity to create an interactive, public service announcement to comment on the uneasy state of our world today.

An American Dream is an augmented reality app that takes a look at both sides of today's political climate; e.g. the abundance of comfort we have in the U.S., and the blatant terror that we rarely see in other areas of the world.  Cody asked me to help get his message across, and I was more than eager to assist - carefully crafting the sonic landscapes portrayed in An American Dream.

If you wish to learn more about the project, the Kickstarter will be live soon, and I'll share the link as soon as it's available. In the meantime, you can get a sneak peek at the project below:

 

Capturing Fire

 
 

My friends Tom and Chris asked for assistance in recording some good ol' fireball sound effects. Pulling the SFX from a sound library is one option; engulfing Chris's old clothes in flames is another.

They are not kidding when they say that the Shure SM-57 is indestructible. 

These sounds are being used for a student-made game! It's called Kyon, and it is currently being showcased at this year's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. You can find more info on it here:

Developer Diary      Gameplay Trailer

(Disclaimer: a fire extinguisher, flame retardant materials, plenty of water, proper ventilation and permission were secured before attempting this foley recording. If you plan on recording your own fire SFX, make sure to research your city's fire safety code and take all necessary precautions. Safety first.)   


 

Large Desk

 

After managing retail stores for years, my Dad decided to leave that career behind and explore a new one in carpentry. I'm proud of my Dad; he's getting really good at his new craft. Like, really good.

Lately we've discussed building a desk for my obnoxiously large PC. Combined with stereo monitors and other peripherals, a large amount of tabletop real estate was needed to house my sound-sculpting money pit.

Since my apartment lacks necessary space for sawing and drilling, naturally we set up in the safest location possible: my front sidewalk.

Fortunately, nobody tripped over the saw. 

 

 
 

(Almost) Naked Desk.

Now that's an audio workstation.