Behind The Sounds – Tend
05 Jun, 2018
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…
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:
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…
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
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
04 May, 2017
Working alongside the team at the Guardian we provided the mix on this intriguing documentary…
Pinterest on Channel 4
18 Jan, 2017
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
16 Jan, 2017
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
20 Oct, 2016
The Walking Dead – Recap
19 Oct, 2016
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.
07 Oct, 2016
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
18 Aug, 2016
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.
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
22 Jul, 2016
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
29 Jun, 2016
With Wimbledon fast approaching, we were called in for Under Armour’s 2016 Andy Murray Promo to provide foley, mix and sound design.
The children trapped in Bangladesh’s brothel village – The Guardian
02 Jun, 2016
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.
10 May, 2016
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!
02 May, 2016
Camden Council – Know You’re Not Alone
12 Apr, 2016
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
26 Mar, 2016
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:
15 Feb, 2016
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.
i-D Magazine – Obsessed: G.E.M
12 Dec, 2015
Teaming up with i-D Magazine, we provided mixing for this video on one of China’s biggest pop stars: ‘G.E.M’.
11 Dec, 2015
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
04 Dec, 2015
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.
Mischief in London…
17 Nov, 2015
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
02 Oct, 2015
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.
EE – Action Cams
30 Sep, 2015
Working alongside visual guru’s Shade Media, we created original music and sound design for this EE action cam promo.
Durex – Destination Paradise
18 Aug, 2015
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.
Theoish – Never Alone
04 May, 2015
NYC based director (and all round good guy!) Daniel Hollis recently shot this music video for Theo’s track ‘Never Alone’. Enjoy!
03 Apr, 2015
This week we teamed up with Casual Films to create the soundtrack to a short film celebrating everyone’s favourite egg-related holiday; Easter.
With a tight turnaround, director Ben Kent managed to smash (no pun intended!) through the filming and editing, leaving us just the evening before the deadline to create the soundtrack! The film was great fun to work on, and Theo even managed to get the star role as hand model (see below). Perhaps a career change is on the way…
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Watch the final film below.
Theoish & MÆVE – BTSTU
23 Jan, 2015
Behind The Scenes – Cracks & Curbs
04 Jan, 2015
Early one December morning, we found ourselves out on the cold streets of London for another collaboration with Shade Media; this time creating the soundtrack to a short skateboard film for Stay Wild Magazine as part of their ongoing series: A Guide To Cracks & Curbs.
Stay Wild had teamed up with Neon Stash (promoters of female action sports) to bring together skaters from around London and show their daily ‘commute’.
The idea for the film was to represent the city from the perspective of skateboarders, embracing the cold weather and exploring all the nooks and crannies that London has to offer. With this in mind, we headed out with our boards and microphones to capture sounds that could then be used as the source material for the piece.
The soundtrack was created almost entirely out of skateboard sounds by sampling, stretching, looping and manipulating the audio to create musical and textural elements. Blurring the lines between the sound design and music, we wanted to communicate the sonic sensations of skateboarding by using the textures and vibrations of wheels rolling and skidding across different surfaces.
We also recorded the inspiring voiceover, written by poet and skater Mat Lloyd, which perfectly captures the way that skateboarders view the city streets – ‘We move together, and admire what only we can see.’
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Watch the final film below.
Skaters – Sam Murgatroyd, Helena Long, Charlie Radford, Amy Ram
GoGo Penguin – Fort (Joe Connor Remix)
04 Nov, 2014
Joe put a lovely spin on this track from GoGo Penguin. Check out the original from their brilliant (and Mercury nominated) second album V2.0.
These Ghosts – Coat Of Feathers (Theoish Remix)
24 Oct, 2014
The 1975 – Chocolate (Oli Slack Remix)
24 Oct, 2014
One of our founding members, Oli Slack was recently asked to remix The 1975’s big hit – ‘Chocolate’. Check out his version below!
24 Oct, 2014
We recently finished working on the sound for ‘Discord’, a short film directed by Barney Brookes. Based on a true story, the film follows a young man called Blake as he tries to re-assimilate to normal life following a terrible accident.
Joe created a beautiful original soundtrack for the film, whilst the sound design and mix was covered by Theo. The film is currently being readied for film festivals and will be available to watch next year.
Behind The Scenes – Parkour Ride
24 Oct, 2014
We had a lot of fun working on a recent teaser film for Parkour Ride. It’s always nice to get creative and record your own sound effects from scratch. Here’s some of the things that were used in creating the soundtrack, including a push-bike, different helmets and multiple cups of tea!
Watch the full film below. Created by Shade Media.