Sounds Like These

Behind The Sounds – Tend

Tend is an expertly animated, heartfelt story that is beautifully told by our talented friends at Animade, so you can imagine our excitement when they approached us to create the music and sound design (there was excitement). They gave us a brief with three main aims:

– To emphasise the emotion running through the story
– To give depth to the fictional world
– To add character & expression to our protagonists and objects, without dialogue (huh?)

Come with us on a magical journey as we take you through a few of the ways we approached these wonderful objectives…

Music & Sound Design Crossover


We decided that the sound effects needed to be musical or at least tonal, and vice versa. Any music should meld into the sound-world. We wanted to bring some intrigue to this fictional place and give a feeling of character to everything within it:

To apply this to the expressions of Father and Daughter themselves was a challenge without dialogue, so we recorded various voices (incredible impressions by Oli and Joe) and processed/edited them to highlight key moments. Father’s footsteps and movements were also very tonally exaggerated – he’s a massive, loving hulk and he needed to sound like it:



The Fire


Throughout the process we agreed with Animade that the fire needed to function as a character just like Father and Daughter – it wasn’t just an object. Giving it a voice of its own seemed like the best way to help it come to life.

We settled on a technique of running the realistic fire sound effects we’d made through a vocoder synthesiser, alongside gating/triggering software instruments. This ‘fire instrument’ was then played to complement different points of the musical score. This involved a lot of experimenting and pitch bending to mimic the tonal shape of a voice. Giving the fire a human expression creates the uneasy feeling of its own dialogue with the characters; almost a conversation going on in Father’s head…


Musical Themes


As the film didn’t have any dialogue, we were conscious to give the score a human feel. Various live instruments were recorded, but heavily featured is a miniature acoustic guitar – functioning as both guitar and drum, obviously. We felt it gave an organic, tactile sound:



And in context:

When it came to scoring the end of the film we knew it needed to be a highly emotive moment. The motif ended up actually coming from the happiest moment of the film – the montage of games by the fire (the track ‘Under Starry Skies’ above). This gave a feeling of familiarity, but with a different emotional angle; maybe even evoking aspects of the relationship between Father and Daughter…

Listen to the whole soundtrack here: https://soundcloud.com/sounds-like-these/sets/tend-ost


When It Comes Together…


We hugely appreciate Animade’s trust that we could sonically bring the beautiful world they’d created to life. They gave us freedom to roam and become the monkeys, birds and Jotto-rabbits we’ve always wanted to be, make the sort of music we love, and be involved in the studio’s first short film from start to finish. Much love, Animade!

Watch the film here: https://vimeo.com/271724997

See the WePresent feature here: https://wepresent.wetransfer.com/story/animade-tend/

Rise Of The Sex Robots

Working alongside the team at the Guardian we provided the mix on this intriguing documentary…

Pinterest on Channel 4

For much of 2016 we had the pleasure of being involved with Pinterest’s first ever TV advertising campaign on Channel 4. Working closely with Stinkdigital we produced a sound palette framework that would form the basis for the spots. Each custom spot then had tailored sound design relating to the programme content, which included Made In Chelsea, First Dates and Jamie’s Superfoods. The campaign aims to show young women that Pinterest is perfect for creative, useful, everyday ideas.

With the campaign now fully wrapped up for 2016, here’s a brief round up of what we got up to.

Aquilo – You Won’t Know Where You Stand

After a frantic end to 2016 we were eased into the new year with the team at Agile Films and music video director Eoin Glaister, to provide a little sound design and mix on the beautifully shot film for the evocative ‘You Won’t Know Where You Stand’ by music duo Aquilo.

The video is first of 3 in the series which will be released in conjunction with their new album ‘Silhouettes’, out Jan 27th.

MØ – Drum

With our good friends over at Agile Films we supplied sound design on this music video for artist MØ’s latest single, Drum.

The Walking Dead – Recap

To kick off the Walking Dead’s 7th season, we worked alongside NowTV and video production agency Contra on a round up video of the show’s 6 seasons. With a little mix and sound design on our part, the edit was tied together with narration by the brilliant John Cleese.

Kindness.org

A few months back we worked alongside Action Productions and directing duo Saul and Josh to compose music and provide mixing for this kindness.org promotional video. Kindness are a non-profit movement that encourage and promote small acts of kindness to help bring about a kinder world.

Behind the Scenes – sml. Wheels x SkatePAL

A few weeks ago we found ourselves wandering around council estates in South London with Shade, working on a video promoting a new collaboration between sml. Wheels and SkatePAL.

One of our favourite charities; SkatePAL is a UK-based NGO that builds skateparks and teaches skateboarding to children in Palestine. They’d join forces with LA-based sml. Wheels and enlisted the help of skaters Chris Jones and Sammy Montano – to spend a day around London testing the new wheels around the roughest spots they could find!

The idea for the piece was to fuse the sounds of Palestine with the rugged textures, colours and surfaces of London. We’d written a track based around an old tape recording discovered by Awesome Tapes From Africa, which we’d sampled and re-mixed to form the backdrop for the video. On-shoot Chris and Sammy focused on landing their tricks whilst we recorded the sounds of their skateboards, paying special attention to noises that are made when skating through London’s rugged streets.

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Back in the edit, Rowan from Shade cut the footage to our track and we added extra sound effects and Middle Eastern atmospheres to really bring the film to life.

It was great to fun to work on and we look forward to more SkatePAL collaborations in the future!

Check out the behind-the-scenes edit (above) and watch the final video below:

Casual Films 10th Anniversary

This year, our friends over at Casual Films are turning ten. That’s a long time, especially to a young company like ours.

Although we’ve only been involved in the more recent pages of the Casual story, we’ve enjoyed working together on lots of great projects for people like Samsung, Canon and Specsavers – some of which we’ve even won some awards for (Best Music at the Cannes Corporate Film Festival 2015 and Gold Medal for Original Music at the New York Film Festival 2016).

Beyond working together, we’ve become great mates – and it’s fair to say that Sounds Like These owes a lot to the Casual team for all their support and guidance over the past few years. Special thanks goes to Guy Hixon and head honchos Nick Francis and Barnaby Cook.

Congratulations guys, here’s to the next ten!

Check out some of the lovely films we’ve worked on together below.

 

 

Under Armour – Tunnel Vision

With Wimbledon fast approaching, we were called in for Under Armour’s 2016 Andy Murray Promo to provide foley, mix and sound design.

Produced by Its Pretty Green & Directed by Tim Westbound.

The children trapped in Bangladesh’s brothel village – The Guardian

Back in May we provided mixing for this Guardian documentary which explores the tragic situation of a village in Bangladesh that is entirely dedicated to prostitution. Warning: Some people might find this content distressing.

QPR Crest

We had a lot of fun working with the team at Contra Agency, providing mixing and sound design on their promo’s for the new Queens Park Rangers crest. Rousing stuff!

Breaking Trailer

Working alongside Agile Films directing duo Saul and Josh, we provided mixing for their upcoming short ‘Breaking’. Check out the trailer below:

Camden Council – Know You’re Not Alone

Together with Nonsense London we provided mixing and sound design for Camden Councils latest campaign to combat domestic violence and abuse. Watch the video below:

Nike Air Max Day

Last month, we got together with AKQA and Vigics to create a soundtrack for Nike Air Max Day. Sam and Oli went out on location to get a few recordings of the cars which we later used to form part of the track. Check out the promo’s below:

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Facebook Neon

With 2016 now in full flow, there’s a lot of fun going down in the Sounds Like These camp. Last week we had the pleasure of working with US-based agency Bullet.tv, to create sound design for this brilliant piece of 3D artwork by Rizon, for Facebook.

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i-D Magazine – Obsessed: G.E.M

Teaming up with i-D Magazine, we provided mixing for this video on one of China’s biggest pop stars: ‘G.E.M’.

Getting Festive…

With Christmas fast approaching we’ve been getting into the spirit of things with our good friends over at Dreaming Fish Productions.

With some lovely animation and visual treats handled by their talented team, we were tasked with writing a little Christmas themed music and providing sound design for the video.

NOWNESS In Residence: Kulapat Yantrasast

Earlier this month we teamed up with Agile Films director Emile Rafael to provide mixing on their film showcasing Kulapat Yantrasast’s architectural work, as part of the Nowness in residence series. More info.

Office Playlist – November 2015

Mischief in London…

Having been a busy few months for us with plenty of exiting projects to talk about (and lots to look forward to) we thought it was about time we got back to reporting some Sounds Like These related news!

Last week we had the pleasure of joining forces with Shade Media on location in Shoreditch where a very special cyclist was out on his bike and up to no good…

Red Bull Unleashed – Surf Snowdonia

We had the pleasure of working on the mix for this video, showcasing Snowdonia’s latest attraction. Alongside Westbound TV, we provided mixing and sound design duties on the promo which covers Redbulls first Unleashed event at Surf Snowdonia.

Office Playlist – October 2015

EE – Action Cams

Working alongside visual guru’s Shade Media, we created original music and sound design for this EE action cam promo.

Office Playlist – September 2015

Durex – Destination Paradise

Working with East London’s Agile Films, we provided mixing and sound design for Durex’s summer campaign ‘Destination Paradise’.

The video features the music ‘Placid Acid’ by Tourist.

Office Playlist – August 2015

Office Playlist – May 2015

Theoish – Never Alone


NYC based director (and all round good guy!) Daniel Hollis recently shot this music video for Theo’s track ‘Never Alone’. Enjoy!

Office Playlist – April 2015