Adding Character To Digital Sounds
Science fiction writers have contributed a great deal to science and technology, using only their imaginations. The idea of robotics and artificial intelligence has been predicted and discussed many time and time again, and the same questions begin to pop up. Other than the obvious fear of human beings creating other life that is more intelligent than them, there is the question of whether or not robots could actually have personality. Movies like “I, Robot”, which was actually based on a written book, have explored this concept – leaving us with more question than answers. Regardless of predictions made by famous authors and movies created in their likeness, robots will likely become part of our future.
Robotics has not been limited to film. The same types of concepts appear in music as well. A producer could spend hours in Ableton creating tracks using digital sounds, but be disappointed in the outcome; because it sounds un-human and more like a “robot”. The search for ways to add human elements into sound created by a machine is an ongoing one, and tools for this simple purpose have steady been developed over the years. Brian Trifon shares a short video of his approach to this question, and what he does to add character to digital sounds.