Audio design

The Sound of Yorkshire

Unless you are a sound designer you probably don’t pay that close attention to how sound can shape and influence the way animation is perceived. I know for a fact that I often get caught up in the visuals focusing on technique, color, visual layout and more.

The two and a half minute animation below is not only a feast for your eyes, but also for your ears. Created by Marcus Armitage “That Yorkshire Sound” is a perfect example of how audio can help to shape a piece.

Throughout the animated short Armitage gives us a series of hand-drawn quick cuts that visually weave the piece together. The glue, however, is the audio track that has been carefully crafted to match and enhance the visual experience for the viewer. After watching this, I put on my headphones, turned up the volume, and closed my eyes. Just listening to the audio track is a fantastic experience.

Do yourself a favor and take the next two minutes and thirty-one seconds to enjoy this, or five minutes and two seconds if you want to simply listen to it as well.

The Addictive Plasticine Rhythm.

Here is two plus minutes of infectious stop motion animation and 8 bit audio overload for a Monday morning. Along with “Plasticine Rhythm” there is a making of video where  the brains and creative magic behind this walks you through how to make your own stop motion animated short. Both are pretty fun to watch and neither is long enough to suck away your entire day. If you are at work tell your boss the second video is training, and you need to watch it to improve your skills, and develop your career.