Our Soundwall project brought a little light into the lives of those who really need it, and we're very proud to have been involved in such a worthy project.
We shot a very short documentary to give some insight into the development, the concept, and where we'd like to take the project in future.
Many thanks again to project co-founder Andy Dollerson of DoSounds, and to Arts Council UK and Co-Operative for funding the project. Watch this space for more news on the next development of the Soundwall.
We worked closely with director Michael Tamman at RSA Films on this project to develop the music and sound design.
World Championship cyclist Ben Savage put the new range of Paul Smith suits to the test at London’s Hauser & Wirth Gallery on a set designed by Sonja Klaus (Prometheus, Robin Hood, Gladiator). The music is composed purely of bike recordings. Our sound designer Christian Curtis hit, plucked, scraped and even got his cello bow out for this one.
Surround Sound Show
Max Cooper has offered some behind-the-scenes insight into his ambitious surround sound project.
The Belfast-born producer explains how his current exploration of spatial sound is an extension of his earlier experiments in psychoacoustic effects, tapping into natural biological processes to create specific effects in our brains (he also has a PhD in computational biology, so we reckon he knows what he’s on about).
Written specifically for surround sound, the show was debuted in Berlin through the phenomenal soundsystem at Berghain, and has been adapted especially for the forthcoming gig in London.
When Hugh Tracey (1903-1977) made 35,000 field recordings across Sub-Saharan Africa between the 1920s & 1970s, his intention was to reveal the beauty and complexity of the music to a world that saw little value in it.
Today, almost 90 years later, Tracey’s bid to preserve the music of Africa for future generations’ lives on. Beating Heart has connected the archive at the International Library of African Music (ILAM) with contemporary producers, making fresh sounds for a modern audience.
We worked with record label Beating Heart to restore Hugh Tracey’s African tribal music field recordings that were made between the 1920s and 1970s.
Freak Are Hiring
We are always on the lookout for collaborators and contributors, and there is always room on the Freak team for people with passion and enthusiasm.
If you are a videographer, editor, 2D / 3D animator, sound designer, coder or visual designer and are in the London area, then we'd love to hear from you.
Get in touch! Drop us a line and let's have a chat.
Launching Apr 2016
Hospitals across the UK are beginning to see the value of interactive technology in patient education and care, and several installations have been established in the UK.
Soundwall is an interactive projection and audio installation, designed for the children’s ward at Poole NHS hospital in Dorset.
Created as a collaboration between creative music technology companies DOsounds and Freak, the SoundWall serves as a way to help calm and entertain children as they wait for surgery or appointments at the hospital.
Soundwall launches at the end of Feb - if you'd like more info on the project and the different applications and uses it has, please get in touch.
After their critically acclaimed 2014 album Alium and in anticipation of their new release coming at the end of Feb, Submotion Orchestra are due to bring their incredibly eclectic jazz / electronica sound to the wonderful Electric Brixton this March.
Their campaign in support of the show features some great artwork but we'll have to wait until the album release to find out who to credit for that! Meanwhile, here's a teaser we cut for their show in Brixton.
The Freak Machines
We have a new sound design project in the pipeline, and just to keep things interesting, we decided to create our own Max for Live device to manipulate the samples in interesting and unique ways.
This will be the first of a series of Freak audio devices developed in house by the team, and to share the love and spread the creative energy, we’ll be putting it up on the site for free download soon.