I teach classes in Sound Design and Digital Audio Effects. In both classes, the final assignment involves creating an original work that involves audio programming and using concepts taught in class. But the students also have a lot of free reign to experiment and explore their own ideas. The results are always great. Lots of really cool ideas, many of which could lead to a publication, or would be great to listen to regardless of the fact that it was an assignment.
From the Sound Design class;
- A procedural audio model of a waterfall. The code was small, involving some filtered noise sources with random gain changes, but the result was great.
- An interactive animation of a girl writing at a desk during a storm. There were some really neat tricks to get a realistic thunder sound.
- A procedurally generated sound scene for a walk through the countryside. The student found lots of clever ways to generate the sounds of birds, bees, a river and the whoosh of a passing car.
- New sound design replacing the audio track in a film scene. Check it out.
And from the Digital Audio Effects class;
- I don’t need to mention anything about the next one. Just read the student’s tweet.
- Rainmaker, a VST plugin that takes an incoming signal and transforms it into a ‘rain’ like sound, starting above the listener and then floating down below.
- A plugin implementation of the Karplus-Strong algorithm, except an audio sample is used to excite the string instead of a noise burst. It gives really interesting timbral qualities.
- Stormify, an audio plugin that enables users to add varying levels of rain and wind to the background of their audio, making it appear that the recording took place in inclement weather.
- An all-in-one plugin for synthesising and sculpting drum-like sounds.
- The Binaural Phase Vocoder, a VST/AU plugin whereby users can position a virtual sound source in a 3D space and process the sound through an overlap-add phase vocoder.
- A multiband multi-effect consisting of three frequency bands and three effects on each band: delay, distortion, and tremolo. Despite the seeming complexity, the interface was straightforward and easy to use.
There were many other interesting assignments, including several sonifications of images. But this selection really shows both the talent of the students and the possibilities to create new and interesting sounds.