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Clean Audio for TV broadcast: An Object-Based Approach for Hearing-Impaired Viewers

Organising Thoughts

open access

Update: I just uploaded a new journal article published last month in the Journal of the Audio AES Journal paperEngineering Society. Happily the University of Salford paid for it to be open access as part of their open access strategy so it’s freely available for anyone to download.

The paper (right) is a follow up to my PhD research, which was all about looking at methods to improve TV sound for people with hearing impairments by enabling what is usually known as ‘clean audio’ – helping hearing impaired people to hear speech more clearly than is often the case.

The early part of the PhD 

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Post Production Assignment

This is the second assignment for the Audio Post module that I will be doing some foley for. Basically, we have been given a video and we are required to use all of our previous knowledge on how professionals work and our skills on post to “dress” the video with sound. We have only the video and some background music audio files to work with. The rest is up to us. Sounds-effects placement, layering etc, Editing, audio manipulation in general, Mixing volume pan EQ compression etc.

So this is the clip we have been given I hope you are going to enjoy this more than we did when we first saw it. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it provides some excellent opportunities to really use our creativity, but the animation it self in terms of production is not good.

Right, I don’t want to say much, and I definitely don’t want you to form an opinion before you even have a chance to see it for your selves. So, here it is.

P.S. There are let’s say some hidden elements, I’ll call them “easter eggs”, which are hilarious. I do not intend to mention anything to the tutors just yet, maybe after the hand-in date for the assignments. If they knew this ” easter egg” was there I suspect they would never give that video to students anymore. Not that hard to notice btw.

By all means, don’t try to go for the tree and miss the forest here.

Elephant’s Dream Short Movie 2006

#audiopostproduction #audioassignment #foley #easteregg #shortfilm

The internet: Everything you ever need to know

“A funny thing happened to us on the way to the future. The internet went from being something exotic to being boring utility, like mains electricity or running water – and we never really noticed. So we wound up being totally dependent on a system about which we are terminally incurious. You think I exaggerate about the dependence? Well, just ask Estonia, one of the most internet-dependent countries on the planet, which in 2007 was more or less shut down for two weeks by a sustained attack on its network infrastructure. Or imagine what it would be like if, one day, you suddenly found yourself unable to book flights, transfer funds from your bank account, check bus timetables, send email, search Google, call your family using Skype, buy music from Apple or books from Amazon, buy or sell stuff on eBay, watch clips on YouTube or BBC programmes on the iPlayer – or do the 1,001 other things that have become as natural as breathing.

The internet has quietly infiltrated our lives, and yet we seem to be remarkably unreflective about it.”

John Naughton at The Observer, Sunday 20 June 2010Source:

I read this article being part of a home assignment and to be completely honest, I neither agree or disagree. Let’s say that I rather have a more balanced opinion on the World Wide Web matter, I keep my mind open with all influencing ideas – projects. They certainly do have advantages and disadvantages. What caught my eye  though, was the last sentence I quote it above. “The internet has quietly infiltrated our lives, and yet we seem to be remarkably unreflective about it.” But all this reminded me of a video I saw a couple of years ago regarding our based on the internet everyday life. It’s worth a view.

What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains

And A funny one:

MTS 3G PLUS internet advertisement BORN FOR THE INTERNET BABY

#Internet #Brain

Side Assignment

Alright. So, I have this module, it’s all about the internet and how to use it constructively in order to gain from it. Gain knowledge, gain connections, gain an online presence among peers and industry professionals. One of the assignments for the module is a 5000 word report (yes 5000 word, you heard me) that – wait for it – counts only for 50% of the module. I’m not going to complain any more, it is what it is. I had this idea, that since I’m interested in Post Production, I should like take this opportunity and learn more about past and current techniques. So I thought I should demonstrate the differences and the progression of sound design by comparing two films. Preferably remakes. Such as King Kong (1933) and King Kong (2005) or maybe even Tron (1982) and Tron (2010). I should like do some search online, find out how they manage to create all those magnificent (for that past era) sound effects etc.

Tron Trailer 1982

King Kong Trailer 1933

Pretty cool ha?

A whole year ahead.

Hello all, I am already on my second week of classes at the Uni preparing for my Masters degree and I can’t stop thinking from early on a subject for my dissertation. I really want to be ready for when the time comes, but this has proven to be much more difficult than I expected. “It can’t be that hard” I said to myself when I first applied, and I can definitely progress my Bachelor dissertation after all. Bad news everyone. Im kinda stuck between new ideas that lead nowhere, and ideas that just don’t fit that well on my bachelor thesis. I will try to explain to you all about my thesis and ideas later on on this blog as well as my reason for creating it.

Thank you for being here with me on this journey (that is how I see it). I am excited to start hearing from you guys and sharing your opinions and ideas with me on this.