Create a piece from dirty and unwanted sounds.
Finding Beauty in the Bad
Sounds can be really beautiful. But sometimes, it’s good to play with dirty and noisy sounds. These can be beautiful too … even though they try so hard to be bad.
Create a piece that makes use of unwanted and glitchy sounds. These are often short, sharp and percussive, so they can be used to make really interesting rhythmic patterns and textures. Remember though, broken glitchy things don’t work properly, so if you create any rhythms, make sure that they are not functioning properly (leave beats out, or create complex phasing and overlapping patterns). Keep true to the glitch aesthetic as much as you can.
Sound Card Pack
Use this Glitch and Noise Sound Card PacksThese are collections of sound cards. Providing a range of different sounds organised around a theme. (Click 'More Info' for instructions on how to use sound card packs within Compose With Sounds).Sound Card Pack to give you an array of ‘ready to go’ noisy sounds. Or take other sounds and manipulate them into oblivion. Click the image below:
Try to make use of the following:
- SpliceTo cut up a sound file.Splice
- FilterA filter changes the frequency makeup of a sound by making parts of it weaker. Filters allow you to focus on parts of a sound that are of interest to you, or to take away parts that you don't like.Filter
- DelayA process in which an input signal is looped and repeated.Delay
- ReverbThe multiple short reflections of sound that give humans an immediate impression of space. Reverb effects can be used to impart a sense of space onto recorded or generated sounds.Reverb
- Reverseto play a sound backwards.Reverse
Possible Techniques and Approaches
Experiment with combining and layering many different sounds.
Don’t forget to leave silences within your work and try to work with contrasts (silence/sounds, noise/pitch, etc.)
You may find it useful to sketch out and plan your piece before you begin. OR you may wish to experiment and see what evolves through your exploration.