Thursday, 28 May 2009

Sound effects open for synaesthetic reactions..

Here is a sound clip of just the spot sound effects from part three of the film. There's a still from work in progress as a visual, but it's not all animated yet.

It uses lots of sounds which haven't been synaesthetically filtered yet so please comment on the blog with any strong feelings that these sounds elicit..!

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Sounds and pictures

Bought this lovely book at our local spring Church fair for 20 p.

(Sidebar: isn't it amazing that these events haven't changed at all in 30 years? You can still get a glass of warm orange squash for 10 p, a slightly wonky fairy cake for 15 p and have a go at catching magnetic fish with a bamboo rod for a chance of winning a hand knitted finger puppet. My children's cultural heritage may not be grand or exotic but it is consistent.)

Anyway, the title of it seemed to capture what we are trying to do here, besides which I love these old Ladybird book illustrations. One theory of synaesthesia is that the connections between senses are set in early childhood, and I wonder if any of these images irrevocably made a connection between the "St" in stamp and that amazing shade of lurid yellowy green in someones brain?

Friday, 22 May 2009

Reactions sought!

I just wanted to draw your attention to a gadget I have discovered allowing you to log your reactions to the video clips I am posting without having to leave a comment.

You can tick one of the boxes below each post; rating the clips for being synaesthetic, non-synaesthetic or, alternatively, 'none of the above, I have no clue what synaesthesia is'. If this is the case then check out the UK Synaesthesia research group at Sussex Uni, it's a fantasic resource.

I'd be very grateful if you lurkers could use it as it will really help me to develop the film, plus it will give me more excuses to stop animating and check the blog.

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Feet of Song

Just can't resist posting this link because I love the film, but I'd also be interested to know what a synaesthetic person would make of it. To me the music and (partially) abstract visuals sit very well together but I wonder if they are synaesthetically linked too?

Monday, 18 May 2009

Omid's croak

So I have been busy listening to frog croaks, bells dinging and thinking about northern lights. This section has all three, and I hope that the bells in particular are right. Or at least getting righter. Plus the northern lights may be a bit languorous, see what you think.

Friday, 15 May 2009


The very nice Myles Mcleod from animation studio The Brothers Mcleod has interviewed me for Lineboil magazine. And here it is to read! Links aplenty. Thanks Myles.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

fireworks and cockerel crows

Fireworks and cockerel crows again from Samantha Moore on Vimeo.

This clip has got Julie talking about her first experience of synaesthesia (seeing the sound of a cockerel crowing) and Tessa describing seeing the sound of fireworks.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

New and improved

OK, here is the revised version of the intro to part II, see what you think...

Julie's response

Help is at hand - Julie got back to me right away to explain where I was going wrong in my non-synaesthetic response.

The beginning is fine, but really it would be better just to have a thick white cloud moving continuously from left to right with the little silvery things as they are. It is the flower-like images which are wrong. What is the final sound of silver? It looks like a very thin vertical pole. Black balls are not there in the music at all!

Right, I'm on it, and will post the results ASAP!

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Cottony sounds

I am tearing my hair out here a bit, working with the opening sounds to the second section. Because the film is divided into three, the middle bit deals with a more scientific view of synaesthesia, relying mainly on interviews with Dr Jamie Ward of the University of Sussex.

At the start of this section there are the "warm and cottony" sounds which Adam Goddard, the composer describes in my post 'Music Collaboration'. I've sent them to our interviewees to get some feedback on how they react to the sounds but I need more! If you have any thoughts on the synaesthetic veracity of these images with these sounds together I would appreciate hearing them!

In the meantime I will continue drawing scratchy cotton wool balls and bouncing them round a white board...

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Sketch books

I'm mildly fetishistic about sketch books, I don't know anyone that uses them that isn't. I like the £2.99 ones from The Works (discount book shop). It is A5 sized with a nice sturdy cover, spiral bound and really sumptuously thick water colour paper. I'd like the budget to use Moleskines but I know that I'd be too intimidated by their price and over-marketed back-story to actually draw in them.

And that's the point of sketch books, they're for everything that occurs to you visually, conceptually, shopping list-ually. Drawings range from the hideously crappy to the barely legible, but it's a vital part of the process. Sketch books that are designed to be looked at by others aren't really doing their job properly, like beautiful lingerie that doesn't support your boobs and gives you a wedgie every time you sit down. You take my point.

I love coming up with ideas, shots, images for a film and having a sketchbook to hand means that I can jot everything down as it enters my feverish brain. Of course the embarrassment factor of drawing in public can be a tricky hurdle to get over, but I find that headphones give me a bit of protection.

Some people's sketch books really do look genuinely fabulous, but they are genetic anomolies, like Elle McPherson (who apparently always matches her bra and knickers).

In the light of this I really shouldn't put my sketch book images up here, but I'd like to point out that they are heavily edited for taste.