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Audio Surf
Sonichima
Sometimes people come up with some idea that is so fucking excellent you wonder how on earth you survived without it. Dylan Fitterer's Audio Surf is one such game. Players set the background audio for the game by uploading music they actually like. Their favourite songs then determine the shape, speed and mood of the game. Surf Rock just reached a new level of insanity.

Audio Surf runs in Valve's Steam, a Win digital distro/management platform for games.

Via infosthetics.

Posted by rebecca on Tuesday, March 25 @ 08:39:10 CET ( )
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archive: Diaspora, 2003.
Sonichima
Delire (aka Julian Oliver), Diaspora 2003.

Made using Julian's own sound-based games used along with several commercial titles. Processing live using Miller Puckette's Pure Data.

Track2 - OGG - 4:24

Track4 - OGG - 3:51

Track5 - OGG - 1:18

From album 'Diaspora' released on Synaesthesia 2003. Buy it here.

Posted by julian on Tuesday, August 30 @ 17:01:47 CEST ( )
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Sonichima: New Section and First Submission!
Sonichima
Serbian artist Vladimir Todorovic marks the inaugural opening of the Sonichima section in the Art Archives.

Vladimir has produced extremely sensitive, minimalistic recordings using his own audio production environment for Unreal Tournament 2003/2004. The work has an eerie atmosphere and uses delicate placement of game events to produce a polyrhythmical sound bed. Both a selection of his recordings and game packs (for making your own UT Sonichima) are provided here.

As a teaser, check out this track, A Night Before. Thanks Vladimir, top work and we [pun] hope to hear more from you [/pun].

Posted by julian on Saturday, September 18 @ 17:22:15 CEST ( )
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archive: Sound Based Machinima?
Sonichima
For a while now I've been dreaming up a context for music made using games; no i'm not talking about making pop on the GBA, or games made purely for audio performance, but sound/music/field recordings/'music concrete' composed by playing an existing game.

A hard genre to pitch perhaps, but I thought it's time to look at it before we add a new section to the archives. I've also included a couple of examples..

The name is often a bad place to start. Regardless, considering that 'Machinima' is a close cousin to what I'm talking about here, let's consider that term:

"Machinima (a portmanteau word for machine cinema and/or "machine" "animation") is both a film genre and a collection of associated production techniques. The term concerns the rendering of computer-generated imagery (CGI) with ordinary PCs and the 3D engines of video games (t ypically first person shooters) in real-time (on the computer of either the creator or the viewer) rather than offline with huge render farms."
.. from WikiPedia.

With this in mind maybe we could we call it 'Sonichima.' Given that Machinima can be considered machine animated cinema, could sound/music made using games be described as machine animated audio? Is that specific enough? If 'Sonichima' is simply too horrible, then tell me about it and suggest something better.

Another consideration is intellectual property. Given that Machinima overtly promotes the game (something idsoftware recognised when they invented the demo file format in 1993) it's no wonder Machinima is generally encouraged by developers. Perhaps with sound-only Machinima, the promotional advantage wouldn't be quite so clear. This, alongside the viral legal precedents already laid out by the RIAA, may discourage the practice..

If anyone has work that falls into the same category, submit it using the submissions interface and I'll put it in the archives. 2004-08-27

Edited 30-August 2005: Removed old links to work, moved into Sonichima proper.

Posted by julian on Friday, August 27 @ 20:23:17 CEST ( )
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