Sound design secrets have traditionally been closely-guarded secret sauce. But in the age of the Web, the opposite is happening: people can actually enjoy sharing what they’re doing, just as passionate cooks chat about recipes on food blogs. Case in point: reader John Keston writes to tell us about AudioCookbook.org, on which he’s blogging a new sound each day. Not only is this a nice way to talk about techniques with fellow enthusiasts, but it’s a great example of how you can use blogging to encourage you to get things accomplished, rather than just distracting you.

John writes:

I’m a big fan of createdigitalmusic.com and wanted to let you know about my “One Sound Every Day” project. I am posting a sound every day on a non-profit resource for experimental sound design that I founded called AudioCookbook.org. Every post has a sound attached along with a brief description of how it was produced. I feel that the content there is something that your readers might appreciate. Please check it out and let me know if you’d consider a story or cross post, etc.

Audio Cookbook

It’s Creative Commons, so perhaps someday we’ll have a massive, open source sourcebook of music techniques from various writers.

Have a look, and let us know if you have favorite techniques of your own!

Previously:
Demystifying Sound Design: 15 Online Learning Resources for Film, Games, and More

And for an example of the same spirit of sharing for visual coders, on Create Digital Motion this week:
Code as Art: Generative Visual Inspiration and Sharing

  • synthetic

    Wow, awesome site!

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    Keston's site is stimulating. It has a clean look, explanatory copy and appealing snippets. I'm creating sound cues for a reading of the michael Frayn drama Copenhagen and I've got a couple of ideas from browsing Keston.

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    I love the site. The header picture in particular is genius :)

    Great sounds, too. It'd be awesome if he posted patches for softsynths/effects when applicable too.

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  • http://www.marcoraaphorst.com Marco Raaphorst

    I like it, but the ND attribute doesn't make it possible to reuse these sounds. That doesn't make much sense to me, or are these sounds just meant to be showcases?

  • http://audiocookbook.org John Keston

    Hey Marco,

    Everything in the "Share Remix Adapt" category (more than half the content) is licensed under by-nc, so please reuse those at will. The rest of the audio is either published or might potentially be published by Unearthed Music (unearthedmusic.com) and are there to illustrate the concepts discussed in the post. Cheers!

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