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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Silophone - an amazing on-line audio effect, and it's still going!

I was looking for an interesting effect to put on a backing vocal, which reminded me of an interesting internet phenomenon I stumbled across a few years back. Designed as an artistic endeavour by Thomas McIntosh and Emmanuel Madan, it was wonderful to see that it is still going.

Visit www.silophone.net to listen to the device. It suggests you need Realplayer, but it's possible to listen using VLC (which, if you don't already have it, is definitely worth having as a versatile media player) - downloadable from www.videolan.org/vlc. Simply select Media -> Open Network Stream and enter:

Silo number 5, MontrealYou can submit your own recordings to be played out - if I have a caveat it would be that it has to be as loud as possible; there is a fairly strong noise gate, so quiet sounds won't get through.

Here's an example of a recording I've made this evening, with the output from the Silophone, and then mixed (with a bit of stereo magic) to make the 'full' sound; you'll need Flash to hear it, although you can also download the associated MP3.

Silophone sound - 'dry'...

Amazing-Silophone-dry.mp3 (112kB MP3 @ 192kbps)

Silophone sound - 'wet'...

Amazing-Silophone-wet.mp3 (549kB MP3 @ 192kbps)

Silophone sound - 'mixed'...

Amazing-Silophone-mixed.mp3 (550kB MP3 @ 192kbps)

Fantastic photograph of Silo No. 5 by Taylor Noakes

Posted by james at January 16, 2013 9:22 PM

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