Tuesday, March 27, 2012

USITT 2012 SoundLab

SoundLab is complete! All speakers and mics are hung. The surround listening area is up. SIM zone is there. Qlab & D-mitri too. And Shure way in the back! It's pretty sweet! Great job to everyone who helped plan it, and install it. Let the fun begin! Welcome to USITT 2012 Long Beach!
Here is a link to a PhotoSynth I took of the whole room. A 180ยบ view of things. Front is the presenters tables. To the left is the surround sound zone with TiMax. Back Left is a D-Mitri and Qlab stations. Back Right/Center is the Shure Wireless mics. Back foreground are the digital mixers, and in the corner back right is the SIM station. Lots of toys to play with!

http://photosynth.net/view/0efbb69a-2ce3-4831-9e3e-90eca9fcbe1a

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Shenanigans!

Well, in the spirit of the upcoming USITT conference in Long Beach, I thought it would be a good time to show a little bit of what we do here at UCI.

A few months ago we moved into our new studio, the Meyer Sound Design Studio.

The MSDS has become a home away from home. But a lot of hard work went into putting it together.



Some of the time is was all fun and games.


Sometimes, it took a lot of concentration....

But we can't spend all of our time in the studio. Right down the hall, we have a wonderful office space for all of the Drama Design students. DesignLand is a great place for concentrating, and for working with our peers. Everyone is in one large room, and we are surrounded by art, literature and big ideas all the time.





But of course, we need to blow off steam, or just chat.



And it's where us Soundies get together and play.

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But we also get off campus when we can. Most if the time, it involves food.... lots of food.





But when we do get out, we enjoy the sunshine : )




It's not all fun and games at UCI. We tune plenty of systems.



Tuning is rough, sometimes you just have to take a break, and feel the music (or... bass).


And tuning is a very serious business.


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But don't worry, Matt will always find the sweet spot....

And when the day is done, we still know how to clean up well.




Can't wait for the conference to start! See you all soon!

-beth


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Cool use for a contact mic...

The creator this project, Bruno Zamborlin, put contact mics on various surfaces to detect different timbres of finger movements, and converted the signal into a trigger for a variety of sample sounds. Very cool!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Cyber Conductor

Stumbled across this awesome performance art piece. If only the Cyber Conductor had MIDI in...!





For more about Aleksey Igudesman:
http://www.alekseyigudesman.com/