Gim-audio: Sounds for a Multi-touch Screen

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Dec 292010

Sound adventurer Mikkel Nielsen posted a video on his blog demonstrating his Kyma-processed sounds for a multi-touch device. Mikkel starts with bird whistles and chirps ends up with R2D2 phoning home on his iPhone!

Black Swan (the original!)

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Dec 152010

Long before Natalie Portman donned the sequined black bird’s eye makeup, composer Cristian Vogel and choreographer Gilles Jobin were collaborating on their own Black Swan, the music for which was released in December under the Sub Rosa label (SR303).

Boomcat reviewed the recording on the Global Noises forum:

Those who follow Vogel’s movements will already know he is deeply involved with the legendary Kyma digital synthesis/sequencing system, and ‘Black Swan’ feels like the perfect extension of those interests.


 Concert  Comments Off on Kroniks_01
Dec 092010


Composer Julien Bilodeau‘s Kroniks_01, for flute and live Kyma processing was performed by Geneviève Déraspe at the Cirmmt Center, McGill University on  Thursday, the 9th of December 2010.

The work, composed in 2005 was influenced by Karlheinz Stockhausen in its use of a single kernel of material to generate intervallic and durational relationships on multiple timescales, from the microstructure to the entire piece and even over multiple pieces of music in a larger cycle. This consistency is audible in the overall coherence of the piece and Déraspe brings an intensity and energy to the piece that makes it sizzle. Bilodeau used 84 flute samples reconstructed in sparkling granulations.

In keeping with its multi-scale structure,  Kroniks_01 depicts the relationship between individual and the masses.


 Game, Release, Sound Design  Comments Off on Cataclysmic
Dec 072010

Sound designer, Mike Johnson made extensive use of Kyma in the sounds for Blizzard Entertainment‘s latest World of  WarCraft expansion,  Cataclysm.

Johnson used Kyma to create hybrid vocalizations for several of the new creatures that now populate the world of Azeroth.  Creatures with names such asRock Demon, Fire Dragon, Slime Creature, Rock Worm, Stone Golem and Wood Creature were created by taking various human and animal vocalizations and warping them with fire, rock, and other elemental forces to visceral, terrifyingly effect. According to Johnson, “I couldn’t have done it without my Kyma system.”

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