It was time for new studio monitors, after 16 years my old ones were dying on me. After a little online research and talking to
friends, I decided to bring the Neumann KH 120 and the KS Digital 60 to test. Both systems were an enormous improvement compared to my
previous situation and surprised me, for their small size. While the sound of the KH 120 was very attached to the speakers, the KSD 60
weren't attached at all and create a pleasant stereo image. In the bass area, if you can call it "bass" in a 5-inch, they were also more
defined and I already saw them in the lead. So I started to produce a song on them and sadly he did not sound like it was on my usual
equipment (car, headphone, PA ..) and somehow after some more editing the translation was still difficult. So I thought about checking
the KH 120 again, but both systems did not make me really happy. So I ordered a third one, the Amphion One15, which is a lot more expensive, but should be worth. In fact, the Amphion left
the other two behind. I have experienced quite new details and a wonderful stereo image. When I tried some soundeffects with lots of
low-ends, I was missing the pressure and bass completely. Also with music it was not better. With these boxes, I would need a sub-woofer
directly, since down there was really nothing. Also, loud listening was hardly possible, they quickly began to distort and were also
around a few dB quieter than the other boxes, so that I had to them down to compare.
Now I no longer knew what to do and since I was recommended the ATCs SCM12 / 11 by Apke Tontechnik, I gave it a try. These are even
somewhat cheaper than the Amphion, but still significantly more expensive than the other two, especially since just like the Amphion,
an amplifier has to be connected because they are passive. But the ATCs have completely convinced me, have everything I wanted, are very detailed, supreme in the stereo image, very clear and
powerful, but still pleasant to use. For the first time I didn't feel there is room for upgrade. The decission was not difficult and
now they are here with me in the studio. At least for the next 16 years.
My blog soundofessen.com lately got some great coverage in the German press. If you want to know more about the project (and speak German), check:
WDR Lokalzeit Ruhr (TV / German)
Frankfurter Allgemeine (see above)
Heimat.Gruen Magazine (Titelstory / German) (Page 4)
Radio Essen (Radio / German) - Playing various sounds
Visit the blog: www.soundofessen.com
I took part in a sound design competition by one of the industry leading websites: www.asoundeffect.com . The task was to create the sounddesign for a short reel by using recordings of your own voice only. Afterwards you were free to tweak it with fx. I won the category "most hilarious", which I was aiming at, so I am happy to present the short clip for you:
This is an performance art piece by Gabriele Kaiser-Schanz. There will be more to follow in other cities. The first performance is taking place at the Atrium Mathildenhof in Essen on 01.12.16. The performance features a 20 min. soundinstallation that I created based on the ideas of the artist. It features sounds I created artifically as well as some field recordings that I captured in and around Essen.
There is an exhibition at the "Mile End Art
Pavilion" in London (UK). One of it's highlights is Nina Garthwaite’s radio for mind wanderers, Default Mode Radio Network
featuring one of my recordings. You will get a chance to listen to my personal 20 min definition of rest or its discontent. So if you are in town make sure to check it out. If you don't make it to London anytime soon,my recording is also featured on Hubbubresearch .
In 2017 Essen will be European Green Capital. My official project is an audio Blog featuring the sound of the rivers Ruhr and Emscher in Essen. At least once a month I will go out an field record nature, animals, industry and people along the water as well as in the water.
All audio samples are free to download and use in any (yes also commercial) project. Two posts are already online so go an check: www.soundofessen.com
My contribution to the Make Music Day
When I heared the stems for this remix competition by cymatics, I had to think of the call of a Derbyan Parakeet I recentley recorded. So now this bird sings the final verse of this song, without any pitch and only one little correction of the timing in the middle. You can here it right after the breakdown (where some lovely birds in a forest in Schorndorf (GER)(see cover pic) become one with the synth). Most of the sounds are field recordings I did earlier this year, except the original stems and two additional synth. Car sounds, PariBoy, doors and much more. Hope you enjoy (if yes make sure to favorite it as it counts as a vote for the remix competition)
When you listened to any of my audio jobs before, you probably came across my voice at some point. And most likely didn't recognize. I start most projects with imagining the sounds I want to use in my head and recording audio sketches with my mouth. Later I try to get closer to the sound I originally thought of with synth, samples and effects. But sometimes I already nailed it with my vocal perfomance and keep the recording in the final project (edited and processed of course). So when I heared that the task for the sound design for this short video animation by Mattia Celotto was to produce the entire sound design with my voice recordings only, I had to give it a go. Check it out:
For one and a half years I was woking on the audio for the rts / sandbox space game Galactineers. Now we finally released the Early Access. To celebrate I did not only release a free sample library with some leftovers (download here), but also a video displaying some of the sounds:
Check the game on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/424850/
My friends of OH MY put a lot of work into a cute and creative video for Helmholtz-Zentrum fuer Umweltforschung to expalin the value of ecosystem services. Some great paper art in this clip. I was happy to help with the whole Voice Over process.
The American Football team "Bochum Rebels" starts into its first season. They shot a video and asked me to contribute a song that would be aggressive & dark with powerful transitions. Also it should contain elements of Hip Hop & Electro besides guitars. Once again "The Glitch Mob" was mentioned as orientation, but also later "King James".
So here it is:
Have a great season!